Tennis is an excellent source of exercise to help children stay fit and maintain an active lifestyle. It provides plenty of activity and can improve muscle tone, strength and flexibility. Playing tennis strengthens children's bones and has been proven to help prevent osteoporosis later on in life. Plus developmentally it helps kids develop hand eye coordination, agility, balance, strength and both fine and gross motor coordination.
Tennis provides a great social opportunity for young athletes. Group lessons, clinics, camps and matches all are great ways for kids to connect with other kids. Playing and learning tennis will give kids a first-hand experience to learn the value of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and camaraderie.
Another nice thing about tennis is that there is not a ton of equipment required to get started— just grab a racquet and a ball and you're ready to go. Tennis is easy to enjoy.
Last but not least, tennis is not a high contact sport which has a few benefits of its own. First, there is a low risk of injury. Second, because tennis does not require any direct person-to-person contact it is easy to socially distance— a critical must-have as we continue to find safe ways to stay healthy and have fun during the pandemic. In fact, tennis is considered a low-risk sport overall... especially when played outdoors.
There are a number of local tennis facilities where children can learn to play tennis, improve their game and master their skills through competition. There is no shortage of group classes, camps and tennis programs for children in Westchester County— check out our list below.
Tennis Facilities in Westchester County
546 Bedford Rd, Armonk, NY
The Junior Tennis Academy at the Armonk Tennis Club offers programs for all ages and skill levels. For dedicated, high-level players there is an intensive program that allows them to set and attain individual goals. The AITA summer program consists of Advanced and Junior Camps so that elite and casual players alike can reach their tennis goals. They also offer Camp Armonk, a premier sports and enrichment experience for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade.
Chestnut Ridge Racquet Club
30 Snyders Hill Rd, Mount Kisco, NY
The CRRC offers a variety of programs including Junior Groups, Tournament Training, Summer Camp, Match Play and Private Lessons. Their pros are certified and have a world class background in playing and teaching tennis. CRRC's Junior Summer Tennis Camp provides intensive training for the serious junior player who is regularly competing in tournaments and matches.
Club Fit Briarcliff
584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Club Fit has a number of Junior Development Tennis Programs serving kids ages 3-18. They also offer a Junior Ladder program, Kids Play Days and a Tournament Training Elite Program. In addition there is a Summer Tennis Camp for all levels aimed to provide a comprehensive, solid foundation of tennis knowledge. Emphasis is placed on stroke-production, tactics and strategies during match-play.
Club Fit Jefferson Valley
600 Bank Road, Jefferson Valley, NY
Club Fit offers programs for all ages and skill levels with their goal being for each student to have fun and enjoy being on the court while learning and developing their game. In addition they have Junior Ladder Match Play, QuickStart 10&Under, Varsity & Junior Varsity, Junior Competitive Programs – 10 & Under, 12 & Under and 14 & Under and Private & Semi-Private Lessons. Their Summer Camp lets you choose from choose daily, weekly or a full 9-weeks. The tennis camp is run and taught by certified and experienced tennis staff. Emphasis is placed on stroke-production, technique, tactics and strategies during match-play. All levels are welcome from the beginner to the advanced.
College Racquet Club at Concordia
171 White Plains Rd, Bronxville, NY
Clinics for juniors (kids through high school) are available throughout the year. Their 10 and under program follows USTA designed red, orange and green ball play. They also offer a Competitive Ladder Pathway for older and competitive juniors ranging from beginner to advanced. Private lessons are available as well. While they do not have a summer camp they do offer individual and family memberships for the summer months.
Grand Slam: An Ivan Lendl Tennis Center
One Bedford-Banksville Road, Bedford, NY
Grand Slam Tennis Club features a wide variety of junior tennis programs including their exclusive IGNiTE Junior 10 and Under Tennis Program for children. Their programs are great for beginners through experienced players of all ages. Their Tennis Whizz program is for children ages 3-5 learning basic tennis for toddlers including motor skills development and tons of fun. Junior development programs are taught using the "Hitting Hot" tennis system founded by tennis champion Ivan Lendl.
Greenburgh Indoor Tennis
600 Dobbs Ferry Rd, White Plains, NY
Their highly regarded Junior programs runs for a 31-week season from September to May. Registration is ongoing. Classes will be prorated if you join after the session has started. Programs are for children ages 5-18. Children will be evaluated and placed in a class based on age and skill level.
480 N Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY
1 Westchester Park Dr, West Harrison, NY
Life Time’s SMART tennis matches your child’s development with appropriately sized balls, racquets and court sizes. Using world-class teaching techniques, SMART allows the sport of tennis to grow with your child. Kids start playing with other kids right away, learning as they go. New SMART sessions begin every three months. Winter session starts in January, Spring in March/April, Summer in May/June and Fall starts in August/September. Open to non-members.
New Rochelle Tennis Club
114 Valley Rd, New Rochelle, NY
The New Rochelle Tennis Club is situated on two acres in Wykagyl Park in New Rochelle and includes eight well-maintained outdoor har-tru courts open May through November. Membership is not required to book a lesson. Their Summer Tennis Camp is an eight week program (select the weeks you like) for kids ages 12-18. In addition they offer LittleTennisLand, a program designed for the 10 and Under players to introduce them the tennis fundamentals, the grip, swing, and stance.
Old Oaks Country Club
3100 Purchase St, Purchase, NY
Open to non-members, the Old Oaks tennis program includes dynamic and fun programs for younger children eager to learn how to play tennis, as well as programs geared for older youth players who are interested in further developing their game. Their instructors are specifically trained to work with children and teens to make learning the game of tennis fun and engaging. Facilities include 9 Har-Tru tennis courts with 4 courts under 2 'bubbles' for winter play.
Pinebrook Fitness / The New Rochelle Racquet Club
130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle, NY
The club's Junior Development Programs is a blocked program consisting of multiple courts with three levels: Red Ball, Orange Ball, or Green Ball. This program is designed to challenge kid's skills and work on problem solving; a segue to their Tournament Training Program (TTP). They also offer a variety of tennis camps throughout the year including Vacation Mini-Camps and Summer Camp, which runs June through August. There are age appropriate games and activities for all ages and skill levels divided into three separate camps.
Pleasantville Tennis Club
57 Willow Street, Pleasantville, NY
Founded in 1916, PTC is a club for tennis enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. PTC is a small, not-for-profit, member-supported, private outdoor tennis club located in historic Pleasantville, NY. The Club welcomes new members – families, women, men, juniors and seniors of all ability levels. Technique, singles, and doubles strategy, scoring, match play, sportsmanship and fitness will be covered in their Spring Junior Program that lasts nine weeks. Summer program details have not been announced yet.
Premier Athletic Club
2127 Albany Post Rd, Montrose, NY
Children of all ages – from beginner’s level to advanced – can participate in the tennis camps at the club. Grouped by age and ability, children will learn basic tennis skills, tennis etiquette and tournament training. Programs are open to non-members. Their Summer Tennis Camp is open to the public and lasts seven-weeks. Open to children ages 6 to 14, Monday thru Friday, 9am – 3pm with early drop off and after camp services for additional fee.
3 South Rd, Harrison, NY
RRC offers a range of tennis programs. Children 12 and under can participate in Red, Orange and Green Ball programs. Children ages 11 and up can join the Junior Development programs. The JG Development program is a high-performance program which has opened up new opportunities for the most competitive junior tennis players in the Tri-State area. The Head Coach and Director of the program, Johnny Gularte, has a proven record of helping young players raise their game to achieve their goals. His successful training system has resulted in student-athletes obtaining scholarships to universities across the US. They also offer summer programming for ages 4-18 that is half day and runs as weekly sessions June 28 through August 27.
Saw Mill Club
77 Kensico Dr, Mount Kisco, NY
Saw Mill Club offers numerous children’s tennis programs for tots through teens. Programs include 10 and Under Tennis, Junior Training, EDGE Prep Tennis and EDGE Tennis. They will also offer Summer Camp for kids ages 4 and up. All children's programming is open to non-members.
SPORTIME Harbor Island
W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY
SPORTIME Harbor Island is located in beautiful Harbor Island Park in the Village of Mamaroneck and features 8 beautifully maintained indoor/outdoor red clay courts that are covered by a "bubble" during the indoor season, from late mid September through mid May. The clubhouse includes a lounge, pro shop and full locker room facilities. Programs are for children ages 3 and up. Membership is required to participate in SPORTIME/JMTA program series. They will be offering camp this summer in ten, full-week sessions. Campers will be required to enroll in a minimum of one, full-week session. There will be half day AM and PM options for camp as well as extended AM and PM options. They also offer birthday parties.
SPORTIME Lake Isle
660 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY
SPORTIME Lake Isle is lower Westchester's premier tennis destination and home to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Lake Isle features 8 indoor har-tru (green synthetic clay) tennis courts under 3 state-of-the-art air structures and a 5,000 square foot clubhouse on two levels with superior viewing. Programs are for children ages 3 and up. Membership is required to participate in SPORTIME/JMTA program series. They will be offering camp this summer in ten, full-week sessions. Campers will be required to enroll in a minimum of one, full-week session. There will be half day AM and PM options for camp as well as extended AM and PM options. They also offer birthday parties.
Tennis Innovators Academy
Delfino Park, 110 Lake St, White Plains, NY
The goal of the 10U & Junior Academy at TIA Westchester, is to modify the court, balls, racket, and net to the size and strength level of the players 10 and under. For players, ages 8-12, an evaluation is required to ensure proper placement in the Junior Academy program. There is also a Summer Camp that will run for 10 weeks with customized summer curriculums for all ages (4 and up) and levels of ability. Sessions are two hours during weekdays with matches on weekends.
Tennis Club of Hastings
100 River St, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
The curriculum at Tennis Club of Hastings–a combination of well-crafted progressions and stimulating exercises–has been designed by USPTA, PTR, and former touring professionals. Their methodical approach ensures that every child learns the fundamentals and more in an encouraging, nurturing, and fun environment. Developmental programs begin at age 3 and go up to age 18.
The Play Place
11 Clearbrook Rd, Elmsford, NY
The Play Place aims to introduce young children to the excitement and fun of tennis. They offer 10 and Under Tennis, which is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. It’s the fast, fun way to get kids into tennis– and keep them playing. This enables kids to practice and play real tennis and allows them to have fun and learn at the same time. Most importantly to fall in love with tennis! They offer a Kids Multi-Sport & Dance Summer Camp that runs weekly for kids ages 4 and up and includes tennis.
Yonkers Tennis Center
493 Sprain Rd, Yonkers, NY
Enjoy weekly clinics at YTC using USTA's Net Generation curriculum. Juniors are grouped into 4:1 max ratio with a coach to learn the game of tennis in a clean, social, safe, and dynamic atmosphere. Their goal is to help kids learn tennis through a variety of fun skill-building activities with the use of red, orange, green low compression balls and yellow balls. They also offer private lessons and Junior Match Play.
Additional Places to Play Tennis
- County, Town or Village Parks- Check with your local town of village recreation department to see if there are tennis courts that are open for use and/or if there are any instructional programs available.
- Schools- Many local public and private schools have outdoor tennis courts available for families.
- Camps- There are a number of day camps that offer tennis as one of their activities. Check out this list of county favorites.
- Swim, Tennis & Country Clubs- During the spring and summer many seasonal swim and country clubs have tennis courts available for use. Some offer camps and lessons as well. Membership is typically required to access these courts.