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Mel S.

Brooklyn, NY (5 locations)

943 Completed Lessons |
176 Reviews
  • USPTA Certified
  • Years Teaching: 25
  • Years Playing: 35
  • Levels Taught:
  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches:
  • Seniors, Adults, Juniors, Kids
Lessons Starting at $121/hr
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About Me

Hi, my name is Mel. I like to work with adults who are looking to improve their skill level as well as those who are looking to have fun and play recreational tennis with friends and family. I especially look forward to working with adults that would like to play in USTA leagues and competitive tournaments. I have been a recreational coach and USPTA member since 2004. I specialize in teaching the forehand and backhand, but lately I have found myself enjoying teaching the serve because of the hours spent improving my own serve. I am also founder and executive director of the Brooklyn Junior Tennis Clinic, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides year-round tennis lessons to youth between the ages of 6-18 within Clinton-Hill Fort Greene community of Brooklyn.

Teaching Style

Teaching Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Court

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Decatur Park
  • 272 Mac Donough Street
  • Brooklyn, NY 11233
  • South Oxford Park
  • 404 Cumberland St.
  • Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Cunningham Park (Indoors
  • 19600 Union Tpke
  • Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
  • Cunningham Tennis Indoor
  • 19600 Union Tpke
  • Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
  • Queens College Tennis Center
  • 150 35 Reeves Avenue
  • Flushing, NY 11570
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Latest Reviews

My teenage son, an advanced beginner, has been taking lessons with Mel for about 4 months now. Mel is a fantastic coach! My son, who was lacking in confidence and motivation, now looks forward to every lesson!
Mel is punctual, kind, a good communicator, and a very knowledgeable tennis coach. And he keeps it fun! I highly recommend Mel!

Molly J. (Verified Review)

My teenage son has had 2 sessions with Mel so far—both have been positive and productive!
My son is a beginner, and not very confident in his athletic ability, but with Mel’s kind and supportive teaching style, my son’s confidence is growing.
We look forward to more sessions with Mel—we’re excited to see my son’s tennis skills continue to improve!

Molly J. (Verified Review)

Mel was a fantastic teacher. I’m a lefty player and although he’s a righty, he made sure to send links of lefty players doing whatever he covered in the lesson. I’ve been playing casually for years and finally feel ready to play in a league. Overall, Mel is incredibly patient and consistent. Thank you Mel!

Annie B. (Verified Review)

Mel is a fantastic coach and great to work with - highly recommend to anyone and everyone!!

Anita X. (Verified Review)

Mel was a knowledgeable, kind, and patient teacher. I am an advanced beginner and Mel knew just how much new technique to share with me each lesson, which allowed me to advance quickly without feeling overwhelmed. He is a great teacher and a really nice person!

Annie (Verified Review)

Excellent coaching! Highly recommend.

Catie P. (Verified Review)

Great start!! My daughter had her first lesson with Mel today. He was prompt, professional, and covered a lot of instruction in a very productive and positive way. She’s looking forward to building her skills at their next lesson.

Sarah M. (Verified Review)

Today I learned to enjoy the feel of the game, enjoy the feel of the ball. I've never had a coach make me feel psychologically and emotionally connected to the ball, my body, and the game. I feel like I made a LEAP in progress today.

Alyson F. (Verified Review)

Amazing teacher. Great lessons!!

Andrei S. (Verified Review)

Mel is an awesome coach. He's patient and explains things in an easy-to-apply manner. His lessons are always organized well and tailored to specific areas of focus. He's also very prompt and has an encyclopedic knowledge of courts around the city. I'd highly recommend Mel!

Elena B. (Verified Review)

It was an absolute pleasure to learn tennis from Coach Mel. He is patient, kind, and very helpful with his pointers. The lessons were fantastic and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their tennis while also having lots of fun. He is amazing!

Ivana I. (Verified Review)

Excellent coach!

Rusudan B. (Verified Review)

Mel is very patient and thorough. He is approachable and supportive of working with you whatever your skill level. I highly recommend him.

Christina M. (Verified Review)

I had a wonderful experience with Mel. He was patient, professional and friendly. After only 6 lessons, I feel comfortable on the court. I hope to take some advanced lessons with him in the future.

Malky (Verified Review)

Brooklyn loves Mel Swanson tennis! He's been so helpful for my individual game and is well respected in the community for both adult and youth tennis!

Glen G. (Verified Review)

Worked with Mel for a total 6 hours to help me pick up basic tennis.
We worked on forehand, backhand, serve and volley.
Mel is patient coach. Recommended

Jonathan (Verified Review)

Mel is an excellent coach. He is patient and works with my weaknesses to turn it into my strength. I am very inspired by him and would recommend him to anyone as the best teacher I have encountered. Thank you Mel!!

Rina O. (Verified Review)

I worked with Mel for 6 months and he was very punctual, professional and responsive.

We would set up the lesson a week or so in advance and he would confirm with me the day before the lesson. Each lesson started with a honing in on and improving a new skill and then finished with serving and rallying.

I was a beginner who had never had lessons before and Mel helped me feel comfortable on the court, in tune with what I need to continue to work on and taught me about how the game works.

Carina L. (Verified Review)

Mel is excellent and a true gentleman. My wife and I purchased lessons from Mel during the summer / fall of 2015. We did not have any tennis experience prior to our lessons. He was able to provide us with basic tennis fundamentals that allowed my wife and I to hold matches on our own. More advanced lessons were provided as we progressed and improved upon our skill level. We would absolutely consider purchasing additional lessons for the 2016 season. Mel is always on time, professional, and truly cares about his clients. I would be hard pressed to find a better instructor for beginner/moderate tennis players such as me and my wife. Thanks Mel.

Chris G. (Verified Review)

Amazing! Mel was great with my 6 and 8 year old girls. He made it fun and they improved a ton!

Adam A. (Verified Review)

Mel is fantastic! He is prompt, patient and he taught me more in my first lesson than friends of mine have learned with other instructors in a month.

Leon V. (Verified Review)

Mel was exactly what I was looking for in a coach, especially after such a long layoff. We hit a ton of balls, and he picked up on the area of my game that needed the most work after a few short minutes. I'm already looking forward to our next seesion.

Bryan M. (Verified Review)

We loved our first lesson! Mel is very professional, thorough and great with adults and kids alike! We are looking forward to our next lesson!

Rina O. (Verified Review)

Mel is simply the best! My wife and I love our tennis lessons!

Chris G. (Verified Review)

It's been a long time since I picked up a tennis racket. Mel started with the basics. He was patient and explained every position/form. I enjoyed my lesson. Great instructor. Highly recommended.

Kym N. (Verified Review)

Mel was a great tennis instructor. We learned a lot very quickly with Mel, and he also provided us with great resources for in-between lessons to help reinforce and expand upon what we did during the lesson. I would highly recommend Mel.

Lee W. (Verified Review)

I have had 2 lessons with Mel so far. After both of them I left feeling like I had learned a lot. Mel is an excellent communicator - he has taught for a lot of years and he is very good at explaining things a number of ways until he finds the one that makes the lesson click. He finds a way that makes the lesson intuitive and also fun. I am very happy with him and feel like he has a lot more to teach me. Mel is organized and is easy to schedule lessons with.

Tim D. (Verified Review)

Mel is not only a great tennis instructor but a great person that I am so happy to have been introduced to through MyTennisLessons. He was always punctual and in fact tended to be there early for our lessons which I appreciated. He was very patient with me while I was getting through my beginning jitters. He sent me helpful tools such as Youtube videos to help further reinforce his instructions and to get down to the basics. I was very pleased with him overall and would recommend him to anyone interested in improving their game, no matter what level of tennis you are at.

Joelle (Verified Review)

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