Kansas City Tennis – Opportunity Abounds

TennisClinicKansas City is filled with tennis opportunities whether you are new to tennis, coming back to the game after a layoff, or if you think you are good enough for the US Open.  With courts from the Plaza, to Barry Park in the northland, and Indian Creek Rec Center in Overland Park, there’s plenty of places to play and participate.  Regardless of your age or skill level, there’s everything in Kansas City from wheelchair tennis lessons, to co-ed leagues to informal “meet up” tennis.

If you are a beginner, a number of facilities offer introductory tennis programs for adults. Whether you want the convenience and fun of the Country Club Plaza Tennis Center, or live in the suburbs, many park and recreation departments offer recreational lessons.

Important items to consider when looking for an introductory program include: price point, convenience, knowledge level of pro, and enthusiasm.

Click here for more information on the lessons at the Plaza.

On May 16, the Kansas City Sports Commission will hold a free tennis clinic for boys and girls ages 6-12 at the Plaza Tennis Center.  Click here for more information and to pre-register.

Do you already play a little bit, but looking for opportunities? Those abound in Kansas City as well.Flex_League_Logo_0

First, there’s USTA Flex Leagues, which offer a weekly match in a convenient and comfortable format. USTA Flex Leagues allow individuals to schedule matches when and where it’s most convenient. This is a great program for new and returning players, players new to town, and players wanting to meet new players in match competition. Local options include singles, doubles, mixed, and co-ed divisions, and players typically receive a 6-8 match schedule to be played over a two-month season.

There’s a discount for USTA members, but it’s not required to be a USTA member.

Click here for more about USTA Flex Leagues.

Or to contact the local league director, email to ustaflexkc@gmail.com

There’s also competitive leagues, such as USTA Adult Leagues or Tencap Interclub leagues.  USTA League Tennis is the country’s largest recreational tennis league, helping more than 800,000 participants nationwide get on the court, have a good time, and step up their game. There are leagues for 18 & over, 40 & over, 55 & over and 70 & over. There is also mixed leagues for 18s, 40s, and 55s.

If you are new to USTA Leagues, click here for more information.

Both offer a team play format of singles and/or doubles with a facility or group. The local contact is Terry Miller (ttm10s@aol.com) who will be able to direct you to a coordinator for your level of play, and possibly find a team for the next season.

The local Kansas City Tencap league provides the opportunity for inter-club tennis.  You must be a facility- or club-member to join a Tencap team.  The format provides three doubles matches in the summer based on the Tencap rating system.

Click here for more information about the local league.

Or you can email the league office at  contactus@kcinterclubleague.com

World_TeamTennis_logo.svgIn addition, Kansas City is one of the leading spots in the country for the successful co-ed World Team Tennis recreational leagues. WTT combines singles/doubles/mixed all in a 2-hour format.  The league is formatted by your NTRP rating or skill level. WTT Rec Leagues were founded by tennis legend Billie jean King, and feature such fun rules as no-ad scoring, playing let serves, coaching, substitutions and more!

For more information on the Kansas City league, contact the league director. Email hanover@playwtt.com

Are you ready for the US Open?  There is an open tournament that allows world ranked players to rec players the chance to compete for a spot in the US Open qualifying.  Click here to learn more.

The event for this area is being held May 28-31 at Homestead Country Club in Prairie Village, KS – come out and watch some of the best players in the five-state area compete for this national honor.

There are plenty of tournaments for adults around Kansas City.  A few of the upcoming events include:

May 8-10 – Plaza Compass TournamentTennisTournament

May 15-17 – USTA Missouri Valley Open & NTRP Indoors

May 23-24 – Native American Indian Tennis Assoc. Nationals

May 31 – Bracket of Death

June 5-7 – Kansas City Open

Email: kctournaments@gmail.com

Just trying to meet people? Try the Plaza Tennis Center social leagues. Click here for information.

Or there’s a great following of players of all skill levels on this website.

The Meet Ups are held from Macken Park to the Plaza to Minor Park.

So regardless of your age, skill level, gender, etc., there is something for you in Kansas City tennis.  If you didn’t find exactly what you need here, please feel free to email me and I am happy to direct you.

By Scott Hanover, Plaza Tennis Center Director of Tennis & General Manager, USTA Missouri Valley Section Immediate Past President & USTA Delegate, Overland Park Racquet Club/KCUT Tournament Director,  USTA Public Parks National Committee Member, National Public Parks Tennis Association Treasurer and WTT & USTA Flex Local Rec League Director