In addition to being the home of Illinois Tennis, the Atkins Tennis Center is open to all members of the Urbana - Champaign community and visitors to the area. Atkins does not charge a membership fee. When the facility is not being used by the varsity teams, tennis players may reserve a court or receive instruction in a private lesson or group clinic. Atkins staff is dedicated to growing the game and offering quality instructional programs and leagues for players of all ages and abilities. All information regarding court time at Atkins and the programs offered during the fall, winter, and spring months is outlined in this program brochure. If you have any specific questions, please contact Atkins' front desk at (217) 244-8562.
During the summer months, the center is also host to the Fighting Illini Tennis Camps and Nike Tennis Camps. Adults and juniors from around the country travel to central Illinois to learn from Illinois coaches Michelle Dasso (Nike) and Brad Dancer (F.I.T.) Campers experience a thorough training regimen that covers stroke technique, match strategy, and conditioning and fitness training. Junior campers receive approximately 35 hours of on-court training over five days while adult campers receive 20 hours of instruction over a weekend. For more information on the Fighting Illini Summer Tennis Camps at the Atkins Tennis Center call (217) 244-7278 or visit www.fightingillini.com/camps.
In 2013 the University of Illinois and the Atkins Tennis Center hosted the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's and Men's Tennis Championships. It was the first time a Midwest school has hosted the NCAA Tournament since the women's and men's championships were combined in 2005. Atkins also hosts a number of elite junior tournaments and one of the longest running professional tournaments on the USTA Pro Circuit: the JSM Challenger.
Whether you are new to the game and looking to learn, an advanced player looking for competition, or a fan of collegiate sport, Atkins has something to offer everyone. The state of the art facility and expert staff provide a superior experience for players and spectators. The Illinois Tennis family hopes to see you drilling on the court or cheering in the stands at the Atkins Tennis Center soon.
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