Since the 1970’s, we have been developing the abilities of junior tennis players here at the Waltham Athletic Club. Our staff of skilled professionals has taught the game to thousands of children, providing them with a fun and healthy skill that lasts a lifetime. The summer tennis program is one of the highlights of our year, with our most in-demand coaches staying on to take advantage of the unique opportunity to focus for an entire week or more on players’ games. This concentrated and continued effort is invaluable for any player looking to expand and develop their tennis game, as we pride ourselves on our ability to build the skill sets of every player regardless of their age or experience.
Tim Tunis – Director
Tim has been coaching at the WAC since 2010, and is one of the most sought-after instructors at our club due to his enthusiasm, knowledge of the game, and unique ability to forge lasting relationships with his tennis students. Tim has been playing tennis since he was seven years old but really started devoting himself to it while in high school. He then went on to be an all-conference player at Springfield College and is able to share his experience and ability to enjoy quick improvement with his students. He is a remarkable coach and is excited to be running the program this summer.
Warren Avery – Lead Instructor
Warren will again join us this summer, bringing with him over 20 years of experience coaching juniors. He played collegialtely at UMass, has been a top ranked player on the adult circuit in New England, and has competed in national-level doubles tournaments with his elite-level daughters. Warren is a highly technical tennis coach who will provide our advanced players with invaluable knowledge and training.
Lindsay Benoit – Staff Professional
Coach Lindsay came to WAC from The Shrewsbury Club. Lindsay is a PTR Certified Instructor in the 10 and under age group and performance level. She has completed four seasons as the Bancroft Middle School Head Coach. Lindsay has experience working with all age groups and levels of tennis players. Lindsay also played four years of DIII tennis at Nichols College, where she studied Sport Management. Lindsay still enjoys playing as well, you will often see her hitting with friends on the court, or competing in the WAC’s USTA and CMITA leagues.
Alex Butron- Staff Professional
Alex has trained through the WAC tennis program since 2014 and now joins us as a coach. He is a highly motivated coach with four years of experience teaching at all levels and ages in our summer program. His passion for tennis brings enthusiasm, competitiveness, and hard work to the playing environment. Having tournament experience playing in the New England USTAS and at UMass Amherst, he aspires to develop a competitive spirit in all his players.
This year our program will be held exclusively at the Waltham Athletic Club, where we enjoy access to seven tennis courts regardless of inclement weather.
We will be holding 9 five-day sessions, beginning the week of July 6-10 and ending August 31-September 4. Each session will run Monday through Friday, with a half day (morning) only on Fridays. Students may enroll in any number of sessions; they need not be consecutive.
We are once again offering a playday option on Friday afternoons. All intermediate and advanced level players who have participated in the week-long program may choose to attend.
Tennis Instruction @ the WAC 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Each Monday morning, players will be split up into groups based on age and ability. Throughout the week, instructors will work on specific stroke techniques, conduct drills designed to improve the overall abilities of players, and play games that are fun but also develop key skills. We place a premium on individualized coaching – the student / instructor ratio is capped at 6:1.
Break 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The rest is well-earned after a morning of hard work on the court – players should bring their own lunches, snacks and Water Bottles. Water bottles can be refilled at our touchless fountains. Water and snacks will not be sold at the front desk this summer.
Afternoon Program 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Players will compete in tennis games and matches, complementing skills learned during the morning sessions. The afternoon component is designed to be less strenuous while still focusing on tennis and general athleticism.
This option is designed to serve both as a suitably intense companion to the morning instruction and as a stand-alone program, and is comprised of player-specific drilling, level-specific and coached match play, and tennis specific fitness. The instruction at this level is focused and intense and is appropriate only for serious tennis competitors. Players must be in the Advanced or Tournament Prep level at the WAC, or be evaluated and approved by a WAC tennis staff member to enroll.
Extended Program 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
For students who need a later pick-up – players will be supervised by an instructor and enjoy free time on the tennis courts.
Age & Level
Our staff is trained to accommodate players of all ages and levels. If you have any questions about a younger child’s ability to handle a full day (or morning) of tennis and related activities, please feel free to contact Tim to discuss possible options. Please consider the Advanced evaluation requirement before signing up for the advanced program.
You may sign up by printing out and mailing in the registration form (see link below), dropping by in person, or by calling the WAC at 781-899-5000, ext. 15 or ext. 15. We encourage you to contact Tim directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any program-related questions.
Please be aware that last year we reached capacity during several weeks – sign up early to guarantee your weeks of choice.
Pricing, weekly schedules, and registration form here: Summer 2020 Registration Form
This form will be required for daily entrance to the WAC for the Summer Program: WAC Summer Program Daily Screening Form