If you’re looking to serve up some good active fun this summer, consider signing the kids or your whole clan up for tennis lessons. With a multitude of parks with indoor and outdoor courts throughout Portland, it’s a game that gives the whole family something to do together year-round and a sport that will keep your young athletes running all summer. Read on to get the scoop on the best local places offering camps and classes and get ready to rally!

photo: Johnnyfoto Photography via RecTennis

RecTennis was created by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) PNW in an effort to make game of tennis accessible, affordable and fun for kids and families year-round. It currently boasts 300 community partnerships with public parks, parks and rec departments and other community outlets that provide space for lessons and tennis education. With a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels they have camps and classes that can meet the needs of every one in your tribe—there are even classes your whole crew can attend together.

If you are looking for a summer camp for your kids, RecTennis offers Summer Tennis Camp for kids ages 6-14 beginning June 19 and running through Aug. 25. The camps runs for 10 weeks and provides sessions that last 1.5 and 4 hours long. Tennis equipment is provided and students learn basic skills in a non-competitive atmosphere through games and fun camp activities.

Keep your older set busy this summer as well with the Serve Rally Play program which is designed for teens and adults and runs for 10 sessions that last 1.5 hours each. This program is affordable and students learn how to develop foundational tennis skills while making new friends to play with.

If you are looking for a family activity, RecTennis offers Friends + Family Tennis for individuals 6 and older. Classes take place once a week and run for approximately 1.5 hours. All equipment is provided and your whole family can learn the game together.

Summer Camp
Cost: $35/session (1.5 hour), $95/session (4 hour), $149/session (8 hour)
Serve Rally Play
Cost: $15/session
Family Tennis
Cost: $25/session (for up to 4 players!)
Locate a program near you: rectennis.com/locate-a-program

Contact: 503-520-1877
Online: rectennis.com

photo: Johnnyfoto Photography via RecTennis

K-Lean’s Tennis
If you are looking for tennis lessons for the young and the young at heart, K-Lean’s has a program for you and your little tennis lovers. All classes are taught by Kaleen Worley, a USPTA certified professional and she provides both private and group lessons for adults and juniors. The classes are taught using a system designed to give each player the skills and knowledge they need to play at their best. programs maintain a small student to instructor ratio and nurturing environment and students recieve personalized attention and competitive coaching knowledge.

K-Lean’s Tennis Lessons are conducted at the Glendover Tennis Center in Portland and classes offered include junior Tennis lessons

Junior Tennis Lessons are geared for the beginner, intermediate and advanced level players ages 4-18. Student to teacher ratios do not exceed 8:1. Classes last 1.25-2 hours log

Summer Tennis Camps are available for children ages 5-18 and begin June 19. Kids are divided into groups based on age and/or ability.

Junior Tennis Lessons
Cost: $25/ drop in, $192/10 passes, $345/20 passes, $472.50/30 passes. Private, semi-private and adult classes vary.
Summer Tennis Camp
Cost: $128/week (2hr session), $238/week (4 hr session)

Location: 14015 NE Glisan St.
Contact: 503-253-7505 x107
Online: www.K-leans.com

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Irvington Club
This club offers junior tennis lessons for members and non-members alike. The Irvington Club has an extensive Jr. Tennis Program that serves children ages 4-18. Summer classes will help young players who want to develop their tennis skills and playing techniques. All sessions teach students basic tennis skills, stroke production and point simulation. Kids who are intimidated by the sport or really young players will be reassured to know that low compression balls are used  for safety. Pee Wee Tennis Camps are provided for the younger set. Classes are designed to provide a fun learning environment so little tykes find an early love for the game. Camp activities include developmentally appropriate tennis activities, on and off court racquet drills, hand-eye coordination drills and game play.

Summer Junior Tennis Lessons  and Pee Wee Tennis Camps begin June 26 and run through Aug. 24.

Summer Junior Tennis Lessons and Camp
Cost: Range from $87/session – $300/session
Location: 2131NE Thompson St.
Contact: 503-287-8740
Online: irvingtonclub.com

Where does your family enjoy playing tennis together? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti