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San Diego Tennis Lessons

For San Diego residents looking to take tennis lessons, whether they are adults, kids, beginners, or experienced players, there are plenty of options to choose from. The tennis scene in San Diego is vibrant, with tennis clubs and facilities ranging from just one or two courts to over two dozen courts. If residents want to take lessons at a facility near their home, drive to a facility with specific coaches or amenities, or even have coaches come to them, there are lots of different opportunities suited to one’s unique preferences. But while there may be many clubs and options available throughout the San Diego area, certain facilities have emerged as the top choices – both in popularity and ratings. These facilities include Balboa Tennis Club, San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club, Del Cerro Tennis Club & Pickleball Hub, Pacific Beach Tennis Club, and Lake Murray Tennis Club. In addition to these San Diego-based facilities, MyTennisLessons is another fantastic choice for tennis lessons in the area, offering exceptional flexibility for prospective students. If you’re interested in learning how these top choices compare, keep reading for a breakdown of what each offers and how they differ from one another.

MyTennisLessons

Facilitating lessons locally, MyTennisLessons is a flexible, accommodating solution for people of all ages and experience levels in San Diego looking to take tennis lessons. Without a centralized club location, all MyTennisLessons coaches teach at local parks or schools – and most will even drive to you to provide lessons at the court most convenient. You just need to search your San Diego zip code on the website (or you can simply search ‘San Diego’), and all of the available coaches in the city and surrounding areas will be shown. From there, you can browse through your options, filtering results by best match, distance, rating, lowest price, or highest price. You can also narrow your search by whether you are looking for lessons for yourself, someone else, or your child. For parents looking to enroll their kids in lessons, you can select a specific age range to find coaches that will offer lessons to kids under the age of five, between the ages of five and 11, or under the age of 18. The majority of coaches in San Diego offer lessons for kids in addition to adults, and those who do charge the same rates.

Currently, MyTennisLessons has 18 coaches, one female and 17 male, located in the city of San Diego, and there are even more coaches in the surrounding areas. Their profiles on the website outline their experience, their teaching style, their teaching location(s) (and if they can travel to you), and what ages/levels they teach. Many coaches are able to drive up to 20 miles to meet you. When you find a coach you would like to book lessons with, you can book them directly through the site, or you can call if you prefer, and that coach will be notified of the booking. From there, you will coordinate directly with the coach. Lessons are offered in packages – either six, 12, or 20 lessons. You don’t have to worry about the commitment if you are unsure if the coach will be right for you or not, because MyTennisLessons offers a 100% money back guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied after your first lesson. As far as rates go for coaches in San Diego, the range is currently between $62-138 per hour for private lessons, with coaches offering the same rates for adults and kids. Semi-private lessons, which are for just two people, are also an option, adding just $10 extra for the second student. Group lessons, which are for three or more people, offer the same deal, with just $10 added per additional student.

Balboa Tennis Club

Balboa Tennis Club is one of the most popular, well-known tennis clubs in the San Diego area. Those interested in booking tennis lessons at this club do not have to be club members, and they are still able to utilize the clubhouse and locker room at their leisure. Balboa Tennis Club boasts 25 hard courts – all of which are lit every evening for use, and some of which include stadium seating. Though a busy and heavily booked destination for tennis players and students, with 25 courts available, lessons are only held at this club, so coaches are not able to travel to meet their students at any other locations. There are 14 professional coaches available for lessons: 11 of which are male, and three of whom are female. Every single coach is qualified and capable of coaching students of all ages and skill levels, though they may have slightly unique approaches or specialities. Information about the individual coaches – including their various accomplishments, levels of experience, and philosophies – are available to read through on Balboa Tennis Club’s website. However, their contact information is not readily available to the public, so those interested in booking lessons must first contact the club directly, and then they will be paired up with a coach accordingly.

While every coach is qualified to teach kids, they have varying specialities, so talking to the club will help parents discern which coach is best equipped for teaching their kids. Then, after that first lesson, students can schedule any further lessons directly through their coach. The courts are open from 8 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 am to 8 pm on weekends, however the availability of the individual coaches may vary. Lesson packages are not available, so each lesson must be booked individually, and it’s recommended to book in advance as the courts and professionals get booked up quickly. On average, rates are between $80-95 per hour depending on the coach, with $5 extra charged per additional student, per hour, for semi-private lessons. The cost and specifics of group lessons can vary a bit more, as the coaches may have different requirements as far as number of participants allowed and how long lessons can be. Typically, however, group lesson costs are billed to the individual participants (usually about $35-50 per person), and these lessons tend to be a minimum of 90 minutes long rather than just an hour. Regardless of coach or how many people attend a lesson, rates are the same for kids as they are for adults.

San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club

San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club is another popular spot for tennis enthusiasts in San Diego. With 22 courts in the facility, including 16 that get lit up when the sun goes down, it’s one of the largest tennis clubs in the area. However, if you want to partake in lessons at this club, you have to be a club member – lessons are not available to the general public. There are also separate rates and coaching options for the two different types of memberships a person can have: a general club membership and a tennis club membership. For those who are general club members, only three of the four total coaching professionals are available for lessons, however for those who are tennis club members, they are able to book lessons with the Director of Tennis, Angel Lopez. Lopez’s rates are the most expensive but are the same for all tennis club members across age groups and experience levels, at $110 per hour or $65 per half-hour.

For those interested in booking lessons with one of the three other professionals, all of whom are male, the rates vary by age group. For adults who are tennis club members, private lessons cost $70 per hour or $40 per half-hour, and for adults who are general club members, private lessons cost $90 per hour or $53 per half-hour. For juniors/kids who are tennis club members, private lessons cost $65 per hour or $38 per half-hour, and for juniors/kids who are general club members, private lessons cost $85 per hour or $50 per half-hour. There are also “quickstart” tennis courts available for kids between the ages of four and eight, which are smaller in size and designed to help kids develop the fundamentals before using standard courts. The same rates apply for kids using these courts. Rates are also not impacted by experience level for kids/juniors or adults. Semi-private and group lessons are also available, with the same rate of $1.50 per half hour, per additional person (up to six), added to the final cost. Lesson packages are not offered. Courts open at 6:30 am Monday through Friday, 7 am on Saturdays, and 7:30 am on Sundays. The court lights get turned off at 8:50 pm on weekdays and 6:50 pm on weekends, with the club itself closing just ten minutes later.

Del Cerro Tennis Club and Pickleball Hub

Though one of the smaller locations for tennis lessons in San Diego, Del Cerro Tennis Club remains a popular choice among locals. For those interested in taking lessons or signing their kids up for lessons, this club comes with just two designated lesson courts (one of the two is actually a dual use court that has pickleball lines) and two coaches: one male and one female. Both coaches are available for teaching both kids and adults, however the male coach works more hours than the female coach, so he typically has more availability in his schedule and can take on more new students. They are also both available for teaching all experience levels. You can read all about the coaches on Del Cerro Tennis Club’s website, but to book lessons with a particular professional, you first have to contact the club. Then, you will be put in contact with the coach of your choosing and will be able to contact them directly for booking via text. Lesson prices are a flat rate for both coaches and for all ages and experience levels. Private lessons cost $85 per hour, semi-private lessons cost $100 per hour for two people and $120 per hour for three people, and private mini clinics (what they call their group lessons) cost $140 per hour. These rates are the same for kids as they are for adults taking lessons. Del Cerro does not offer lesson packages, so each lesson must be individually paid for at the time of lesson. This club provides a restroom for students, however there are no lockers or showers available for use. It opens at 9 am every day of the week, closing at 9:30 pm on weeknights and 5 pm on weekends, however with just two coaches and the various tennis camps and clinics that consistently occur throughout the year, available lesson times may be much more limited – interested students and parents looking to sign up their kids for lessons have to get in direct contact with one of the coaches to figure out their exact availability.

Pacific Beach Tennis Club

Another prominent location for tennis lessons in San Diego is Pacific Beach Tennis Club. This club has eight courts total, all with lights, so it’s not the largest facility in the area – but it’s certainly not the smallest either. And, those interested in taking lessons at this club do not have to be club members. The club and its courts open at 8 am every day and close at 9 pm on weekdays and 7:30 pm on weekends. There are four total instructors to choose from for tennis lessons, two male and two female. However, the only information listed about each of the coaches on the website is their specific certification (in addition to their contact information), so there is not a lot for interested students to go on when trying to select the right coach for them. You can either contact the coaches directly since their contact information is provided to get more information about their philosophies and rates, or you can contact the club directly to get more information. On average, private lessons cost around $80-90 per hour, semi-private lessons (two or three people) cost around $90-135 per hour, and group lessons (four or five people) cost around $100-160 per hour. Kids’ lessons typically cost the same as adults’ lessons, but again, as there is very little information provided about the individual coaches, it’s important for parents to contact either the club or the coaches directly to learn the exact rates and teaching philosophies of the specific coaches. Traditional lesson packages are not offered, and the coaches typically book up quickly, so each lesson may need to be booked a bit in advance. Additionally, while coaches are able to teach all ages and levels, some vary in specialties, so if you or your kids have unique needs or goals with taking lessons, you will have to talk to them first to determine which coach is best suited for you. Students who aren’t club members may access the club’s bathrooms and locker rooms.

Lake Murray Tennis Club

Lake Murray Tennis Club is yet another popular location for tennis lessons in the San Diego area. Lessons are available to the general public, so a club membership is not required and does not impact rates. This facility has ten courts and five teaching professionals to choose from. Of the five professionals, four are male and one is female. Each offers private, semi-private and group lessons, as well as lessons for all age groups and experience levels. However, most of the group lessons available are in the form of pre-scheduled clinics (with distinctions between junior and adult clinics), rather than private group lessons. Also, formal lesson packages are not offered. You can read all about the experience and teaching philosophies of the five coaches on the Lake Murray Tennis Club website. A phone number and email address is provided for each professional in their bio, so to book lessons, interested students and parents looking to sign up their kids for lessons can directly contact the coach they prefer. On average, private lessons tend to be around $80 per hour, semi-private lessons tend to be about the same cost as private lessons with two participants simply splitting the total cost, and group lessons tend to be anywhere from $90 per hour and up - with participants each paying around $30-40 each, per hour. Since the pros book their own lessons without the club facilitating the payments, their specific rates may vary (and are not listed on the site). In general, lessons for kids cost the same as lessons for adults, as the coaches - though they may have varying rates amongst one another - typically charge their own flat rates. And although they book their own lessons, they only offer lessons at the club and are unable to travel to any other court to meet students. Non club members taking lessons at Lake Murray Tennis Club are able to utilize the facility’s dressing rooms and showers, but they do not have access to lockers or any other club amenities. Monday through Thursday, the club and its courts are open from 8 am to 9 pm, while Friday's hours end one hour earlier at 8 pm and weekend hours are from 7 am to 6 pm.

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FAQ's

The cost of private tennis lessons can vary depending on factors such as location, level of instruction, and the coach's experience. On average, private tennis lessons are between $45-$65/hr but again, there are many factors when it comes to prices in your area. Package deals and discount codes will also help in reducing the hourly cost of private lessons. It's a good idea to research and compare prices of coaches in your area before committing to lessons.

Depending on what you want to get out of your tennis lessons, should inform your decision on how often to get out on the court. Whether you are a beginner who wants to learn tennis quickly or you are a more advanced player getting ready for a tournament, buying more lessons up front for less per hour might be best. If you just want to try out tennis lessons a smaller lesson package will allow you to try out lessons once or twice a week before committing to more.

Private tennis lessons are the best way to up your game as a tennis player because you have the chance to get 1-on-1 instruction from a qualified tennis coach. A private tennis lesson is a chance to soak up valuable information, get as many reps as possible, and form a relationship with a coach fully invested in your improvement. A group lesson can help you to learn some basics, spend time with friends, and allow you to get a feel for the game of tennis but often does not replicate private lessons from a development standpoint.

It is never too late to start tennis lessons! No matter what age you are, tennis is accessible for anyone. Tennis can be great for kids, former athletes looking to get into something new, someone who is trying to get more active, or anyone in between. Tennis lessons allow you to make mistakes and feel comfortable as a first time tennis player, no matter your age.

You can start tennis lessons at any age or skill level. If you are looking to get your child into tennis most coaches will say if they are able to hold a racquet it is early enough for tennis lessons. Like with most activities, the earlier a child starts playing tennis, the better they will become if they choose to play competitively. But players start playing tennis at various ages and age is no barrier to entry to becoming a solid, or even great, tennis player.

Beginner tennis players will be set up for success as long as they have tennis shoes, athletic wear, and a water bottle. If you do not have a tennis racquet you can discuss your options of borrowing one with your coach but eventually it is best that you purchase a beginner tennis racquet right for you. You will want one not only at lessons but so you can play tennis outside of your lessons. Eventually, once you know you will be playing a lot of tennis you will want a tennis bag with various gear but it is not necessary as a beginner tennis player.

  • Athletic shoes you know are comfortable for running around in
  • Athletic clothing you are comfortable running around and sweating in
  • Your tennis racquet
  • A filled water bottle
  • A hat depending on how sunny it is and any other weather specific clothes, ie a sweatshirt or leggings for chillier weather
  • Not required, but many players will bring a towel or sweatbands to wipe sweat
Knowing your tennis lesson goals prior to selecting a coach is very important. You may not need to work with the former pro with 20 years of teaching experience if you are just trying to learn the basics but you may if you are trying out for your college tennis team. Besides knowing a tennis coach's experience, their schedule, location, and price point is important to look at when deciding on the right tennis coach for you.
Your first tennis lesson will vary greatly depending on yours or your child's skill level. A beginner tennis player can expect to learn a lot of the basics of tennis that include proper stance, swing path, and different types of racquet grips. In your first lesson, there may not be too much hitting of the tennis ball but you will be set up for success. More experienced players will want to speak with their coach before the first lesson so the proper drills are put in place and skills are focused on.
To get the most out of your tennis lesson, it’s important to come prepared, take charge when focus strays, up your intensity, and ask for more challenges. Scheduling your lesson for a time of day when you know you will have the most energy, taking the lesson in the direction you want it to go, and leaving your phone in your bag are all ways to maximize your time on the court. Signing up with local qualified MTL coach will set you on the right path, but ultimately, the success of your tennis lesson is up to you. Read this article about getting the most out of your lessons to learn more.
MyTennisLessons allows you to compare coaches in your area who have varying degrees of experience and teaching specializations. Many coaches carry USPTA and PTR qualifications establishing off the bat their credibility. Also knowing the highest level that your coach has played will give you an indication of their suitability for your skill level aspirations. Besides their tennis teaching qualifications, you want someone who you feel comfortable with and communicate well with.
Sometimes you know right away your tennis coach isn’t a great fit or after dozens of lessons you may want to try a new coach to take your game to the next level. Either way, you shouldn’t be shy about switching to a new coach if you aren’t a perfect match when it comes to tennis or personality. You can always email us [email protected] if you would like help getting set up with a new tennis coach.
As a tennis player, you or your child's focus can shift and you may be ready for new challenges on the court. With MyTennisLessons you can easily find a new coach to accomplish that goal. If you have used up your tennis lesson package you can do another search in your area, compare coaches, and sign up for another tennis lesson package directly on a coaches profile. If you still have lessons left, you can always email us [email protected] if you would like help getting set up with a new coach.
As a tennis player it is always important to ask yourself a question when you are signing up for tennis lessons. What am I hoping to get out of my tennis lessons? If you are looking to level up your game or go from a complete beginner to an intermediate player, private tennis lessons are probably right for you. 1-on-1 instruction from a qualified tennis coach allows you to get as much time on the court as possible and form a relationship with a coach. If you are looking for a more social setting where you can learn some basics or get a workout or tuneup in, then a group tennis lesson may be best for you or your child.
When you create a MyTennisLessons account you will receive emails with deals on tennis lesson packages. There are various coupon codes that can be used at checkout to receive a percentage off your tennis lessons. Also, when you purchase more tennis lessons upfront then you will pay less per hour.
Like many things, the more you play the better you will get. When it comes to private tennis lessons if you take multiple tennis lessons a week with a qualified tennis coach there is no reason you should not see improvements in your game. Players of all ages and skill levels progress at different rates but if you have the willingness to improve, 1-on-1 tennis lessons multiple times a week, with the right coach will set you on the right path for success on the court.

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