The US Open is just a few days away, kicking off in New York City on August 28. Last year, the Open was viewed by an average 1.3 million people a day across the two weeks of play, with Angelique Kerber and Stan Wawrinka taking home the winners’ trophies.
With all of the buzz surrounding this year’s event, you may feel a little twinge of I bet I could do that… or at least I could try. And you can!
Tennis requires ardiovascular endurance, agility, power and mental focus. If you’re an old pro or looking to channel your inner Serena Williams for the first time, ClassPass has some of the best drop-in tennis programs across the country. Lace up your (non-marking) tennis shoes, grab a racket and hit that clay court with some of our favorite studios.
Tennis Innovators Academy runs its adult programs with no more than four adults on the court at any time. They offer high-quality instruction and effective fast-paced drills to up your game no matter your skill level. Expect your heart rate to soar and your agility to improve. Lessons also include a focus on tennis technique development.
Rooftop tennis? Yes, please. TennisFit takes places on the rooftop of the Conrad Miami and is a one-stop shop for fitness and tennis skill improvement. Expect a sweaty warm-up, rallying and drills with a focus on cardiovascular training. The second half of class is points-play focused, where participants are divided into groups based on skill level and given a chance to try their hand at the game.
Group sports sans commitment is the name of the game at Grab-a-Game. Their Meetup-based program allows you to connect with new tennis partners every week and find games that match your skill level, interest and schedule. If you want competition and fun, but not a weekly league commitment, Grab-a-Game is a terrific option. Bring your own racket and a can of balls.
Operating top-notch small group classes and clinics from three iconic New York City locations, Tennis in Manhattan is a the perfect way to score a game in the city that seemingly should have no room for courts. Sign up for court time at Yorkville Tennis Club, Vanderbilt Tennis Club (in Grand Central Terminal!) or Sutton East Tennis Club and learn from world-class coaches. There a heavy focus on form and technique.
Playtennis! California in beautiful San Diego offers a unique tennis experience, channeling its founder’s Club Med training and a great mixture of competition, fun, vacation vibes and exacting training. Classes are backed with a curated playlist. Expect detailed technical feedback on your form and both competitive and cooperative game play. Bonus? Bring a swimsuit to recover in the pool or Jacuzzi after class.
Founded by Dr. Jonathan Bailin, a doctor of exercise physiology and biomechanics and former coach of the University of Southern California women’s tennis team, Tennis Coaching Sport Science in Marina Del Rey is one of the most precision-based tennis offerings on ClassPass. Expect to improve your technique and gain a better understanding of tennis strategy; plus, the court overlooks the harbor.
The Spherical Yellow tennis program in Nashville will kick your butt. They offer 55 minutes of Fast Feed Tennis: tons of cardio, tennis drills and games. Even if your tennis skills are less than beginner, you’ll get a lot out of this sweaty, speed- and agility-driven workout.