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OhioTennisZone Ratings - Columbus Indoor Tennis Clubs

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OhioTennisZone Analysis of Columbus-area Indoor Clubs (Last updated: 1/19/2016)

Indoor Club
Facility | Location Tournament
Opportuni-ties
Instruction Cost Support
of HS
Tennis
Comments from OTZ Advertisers
4.5
8 indoor, 6 outdoor

Northwest - North Columbus

4.5
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4.5 4.5 4.5
As Ohio's newest club, Elysium offers the amenities and competitive environment to maximize the potential of junior players. Elysium has had more recent state finalists and champions and college players than any other Columbus-area club. Prior to the tournament's move to Cincinnati, Elysium had been selected as the indoor facility for the OHSAA State Tennis Championships. Call Brian Heil or Kevin Hornik with any questions at 614-873-8749.
New Albany Tennis Center
2.5
5 indoor

East - Northeast Columbus

1.5 4 4.5 3  
3.5
10 indoor

Central - Northeast Columbus

3
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3 4.5 4
Our centralized location and friendly environment makes Olympic a great environment for players who want to play on their high school tennis team and to continue on in our excellent adult programs. Our competitive evening high-level adult singles and doubles leagues are a perfect source of competition for many high school players. Contact Michelle Jarrett at 614-267-1213.
Players Club
2.5
6 indoor

West - Northwest Columbus

2.5 4 dnrDid Not Respond 3  
Racquet Club
4
10 indoor

Northwest - Central Columbus

1.5 4.5 4.5 4  
Scarborough East
4
8 indoor, 6 outdoor

East - Southeast Columbus

3 3 dnrDid Not Respond 2.5  
Wickertree
4
8 indoor

Northeast - East Columbus

2.5 3 4.5 3  

Explanation of Terms:

3.5

3.5

dnr
Think of these as the Consumer Reports-like reviews. More tennis balls are better. More dollar signs indicates higher expense or larger investment. DNR means that the club Did Not Respond to requests for information, and it is not included in enough detail on the club's web site.
Tournament Opportunities: Players need to compete in tournaments year-round. Does the club offer tournaments or competitive leagues? Does the club offer other forms of competition? These tournaments take time and effort and often are not as lucrative for the club. Players should not always have to go to another club to compete. Clubs that offer USTA matches help all area players.
Facility: This attribute includes the number of courts (indoors and out), areas to do homework, shower facility, weights, etc.
Location: Most players attend the club closest to their school or home. They also attend the club at which many of their friends play. When players drive past other clubs for instruction that is a statement about both clubs.
Instruction Level: This is difficult to measure. Players who: get excellent instruction, go to multiple clinics per week; "clinic" with players with the same or better skills; get private lessons; and compete in numerous tournaments will become better players. However, all players will plateau at a certain level. Some clubs have tougher "entrance" requirements for certain clinics; others do not. All clubs can get players to the skill level in which they can compete on their high school tennis teams (varsity or JV) and these clubs are identified with three balls. However, players who want to compete in college tennis will have to play at clubs that have other high-level players. "High school level" clubs receive three balls, "D3 college" clubs get four balls, and "D1 level" clubs get five balls.
Cost: Junior tennis can be very expensive both in terms of time and dollars. On the positive side, since tennis is a life-long sport, this investment can be amortized until a player is 75 or 80. That's not the case with other sports. The costs from club to club were very similar, and the cost per two hour clinic is typically ~$35. Some clubs require that players attend a set number of clinics per week and this will increase the cost. What it all boils down to are that the costs are directly proportional to the aspirations of the player. If the goal is "D3 tennis", add an extra dollar sign. If the goal is State tournament qualifier, five dollar signs are appropriate, but always keep in mind that the player's natural ability (or lack thereof) will eventually limit his/her progress. Costs include junior yearly fees, walk-on time, private lessons, and clinic costs. To get a better understanding of the costs for your needs, contact the club(s) directly and clearly state the aspirations of the player.
Support of High School Tennis: You care about high school tennis or you would not be using this web site. Does your club passionately support the sport? Do they attend matches? Do they follow your players' efforts via OhioTennisZone.com or via the newspaper? Do they have a presence on OTZ? OTZ attends a large number of high school matches, and I note who I see and how often. Some clubs have pros who are high school tennis coaches and that's a plus.
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