We didn’t invent tennis in Little Rock, Arkansas, but sometimes it does sort of feel that way. We introduced our city’s first indoor tennis courts some years ago and haven’t relinquished our pursuit of creating the best environment for this timeless sport. This dedication to all things tennis has made us home to the most league play in the city, which we accommodate with nine indoor courts and four lighted outdoor courts.
But tennis at LRAC is less about facilities and more about competition and camaraderie. Those things may seem a bit at odds when you see two best friends arguing a questionable line call — but at the end of the day our tennis players are a big family. We play hard and make up quickly, often over a cold drink at the Blue Court Grill. For more information about our tennis program, give us a shout today.
Anyone who plays a sport wants to get better, and tennis players seem to be a particularly determined breed. Fortunately, we accommodate this desire to excel with a range of instruction from beginner to advanced player.
Our general approach is teaching less is more — trying to simplify your strokes, improve the consistency of your shots and help you with game strategy. The most important thing is that your lesson is tailored to you. We offer a number of instructors and times to fit your needs.
Early morning, daytime and evening sessions are available. Non-members may take lessons. (A nominal guest fee will be added to the session fee.) To schedule private or small group instruction, contact the individual professional.
|Linda||225-3600, ext. 205|
|Donnie||225-3600, ext. 204|
Above all else, our tennis leagues are fun. But the smiling and high-fiving you see pre and post match often give way to some pretty intense battles. On weekdays, league play occurs from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. On weekends, leagues are organized on Saturdays and some Sundays, depending on the season. League fees average $25-$30 per month for daytime leagues and $30-$35 for evening. These fees include court time, tennis balls and prizes for winners.
New to League Play?
We love to bring members into our league family. We’ve found that the best way to integrate new players is to have them substitute for other members in order to find a league that best matches their skill level. Our Tennis League Director, Sharon Northern, will be glad to get you started. If you would like to join a league, contact her at 501-225-3601, ext. 317.
Members may reserve indoor and outdoor courts three days in advance by contacting the Tennis Desk, at 501-225-3600. There is no charge for playing outdoors. Indoor court fees (not including tax) are as follows:
Monday – Friday
1.5 hour rental
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Doubles: $5.25 per person
Singles: $9 per person
6:00 to 10:30 pm
Doubles: $6.25 per person
Singles: $11 per person
1.5 hour rental
Doubles: $5.25 per person
Singles: $9 per person
Sunday – Monday
1 hour rental
Doubles: $3.75 per person
Singles: $6.55 per person
Includes court time
Please note: These fees do not include tax.
Only Members may reserve courts or the ball machine. When reserving courts, you cannot reserve more than one court at a time and may not reserve back-to-back time slots. Reserved courts will be opened to other Members if no player on the reservation is present 15 minutes after the start of the reserved time. Courts must be canceled three hours prior to the reserved court time. A no show fee will be charged if your court is not used.
2017 Arkansas NTRP Open Championship
Annually, this tournament draws 250+ entries and offers very competitive play. Registration for the 2017 tournament is not open at this time but please mark your calendars for June 9 – 11.
Events: (limit two per player)
Men/Women, Singles/Doubles (Open, 4.5, 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5)
Senior (50+ years old – 4.0, 3.5, 3.0)
Combo Mixed (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0)
For more information, email Wyatt Miller.
2016-17 Club Championship
There’s exciting news regarding our Tennis Club Championship! After 26 years, we’ve gotten too big for one weekend so we’re moving to three, inviting LRRC, NLRAC and DAC members to join the fun and having an end-of-the-year party to celebrate the greatest tennis in Central Arkansas.
The 2017 schedule is as follows:
- January 20 – 22: Men’s/Women’s Doubles
- August 25 – 27: Mixed Doubles
- November 10 – 12: Men’s/Women’s Singles
- December 10: End-of-the-Year Party
We are treating the 2017 tournaments as transitional events. Please pay careful attention to the following:
- This will be the 2016-17 tournament which will put us back on calendar year in 2018.
- VERY IMPORTANT! In the 2016-17 tournament (all three weekends), you will be able to play using your 2016 rating unless you were “double bumped” for 2017. If that situation applies, you will be able to split the difference or play at the higher level. (Here’s an example… In 2016, you played as a 3.0 but were bumped to 4.0 in the new ratings. In our 2016-17 tournaments, you could play as either a 3.5 or a 4.0 but not as a 3.0.)
- SUPER IMPORTANT! In 2018, the ratings rule outlined above will change. Beginning in January 2018, the minimum level in which you may register for our tournament is the USTA rating you hold at the registration deadline for each tournament weekend. If you do not have a USTA rating, the tournament director will place you in an appropriate draw.
- You will be able to enter two events per weekend. All entries must be in accordance with standard USTA rules.
And as a reminder:
- While we do not expect having to do so, consolation format is subject to change depending on court availability and weather.
- All tournament entrants must be 21 years old as of January 17, 2017.
This eight week introductory program is designed for adults new to tennis. Basic stroke technique is introduced as well as scoring, rules, strategy and court etiquette. PTQ is organized and taught by teaching pro Linda Sneed. Evening classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Daytime classes are offered on an as needed basis. To register or to find out more information, contact Linda through the Tennis Desk, at 501-225-3600. The fee for the class is $130.
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An Amped Up Version of Doubles
Live Ball does away with the serve and return, which means you’ll hit nearly 10 times as many balls as you would in a traditional doubles game. A pro puts the ball in play then anything goes, with as many as seven players vying for a spot on the champion side of the court. It’s doubles-style “King of the Court” with non-stop hitting and running.See It in Action
- Live Ball is offered at both the LRAC and the LRRC.
- Only members can play Live Ball. LRAC members may register for an LRRC class and LRRC members may register for an LRAC class without incurring guest fees.
- You must contact the club at which the class is being held to register for that class.
- When you register, you are committed to attending all classes in the session or sending a sub.
- Registrants (not subs) will be charged for all the classes and no refunds will be given.
- Session fees are listed on the Live Ball Schedule.
- Registration is first come, first served with a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 7 participants in each class.
- Please contact Sharon Northern for Live Ball days, times and fees.