Lessons and Resources

Unfortunately, private lessons are not available at Fort Greene Courts. However, there are a number of other options around Brooklyn for both kids and adults.

See the bottom of this page for individual pros. Email us at tennis@fortgreenetennis.org if you have any to add to the list.


Court 16 - Gowanus and LIC

Court 16 is a private kids' tennis club developed by an international network of tennis experts and cultural creators. They created the club with a vision for a modern approach to the game. With perfectly kid-sized courts and a community built on education and empowerment, kids are given the right foundation to fall in love with the game, and have a total tennis experience. Located in Gowanus and Long Island City, they have have great programs for kids and families. The also have pickleball events for adults.


Friday Afternoon Kids Tennis at Fort Greene Courts

On Friday afternoons from 4-5pm in the summer and fall, FGTA hosts local kids on the courts with volunteer coaches from Kings County Tennis League and the Fort Greene tennis community. Email us at tennis@fortgreenetennis.org for more information.

City Parks Foundation - Fort Greene and other parks

CityParks Tennis is designed to make tennis instruction freely available to kids in a fun, relaxed environment. Lessons for kids are offered at 36 citywide parks including Fort Greene Park on Mondays and Wednesdays in July and August. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events. Free use of equipment is provided for those who do not have a tennis racket. Sneakers are required. If you have any questions, please contact sports@cityparksfoundation.org or call (718) 760-6999. Register for summer program at Fort Greene here.


Brooklyn Youth Tennis Association - Fort Greene

The Brooklyn Youth Tennis Association (BYTA) is committed to providing youth communities around Brooklyn with tennis instruction and excellence in fitness education. BYTA runs kids programs during the summer at Fort Greene Courts. The summer program is mostly booked out for 2019 but may have some availability for kids ages 11-16, Saturdays 11-1pm. They are also looking for volunteers to work with kids this summer. The BYTA was founded by Mel Swanson, who has taught tennis around New York City for the past thirty years.

Pop Up Tennis Kids - Park Slope

Pop Up Tennis Kids was founded by Andre Despres. It’s a lesson program for kids ten and under. Andre coached at Columbia, Manhattan Plaza and other venues before landing in Park Slope. He and his partner Ana run small classes with 5 kids or less. The spring session is mostly full but there will be more sessions added. See Popuptenniskids.com for more information.

Prospect Park Tennis Center

The Prospect Park Tennis Center is one of Brooklyn’s most popular tennis destinations located on the south side of Prospect Park. Featuring hard and clay courts, and a seasonal tennis bubble, the Center is open year-round for day and evening tennis. Prospect park has a full range of lessons, clinics and kids programs. They also features a full clubhouse and stringing services. Call them today at 718-436-2500 to set up a lesson.


McCarren Tennis Center

McCarren Tennis Center In Williamsburg is a premium tennis facility open for individual, group, and kids lessons. They offer all level clinics for men, women, junior players as well as private and semi-private lessons run by professional tennis staff, 7-days a week.

McCarren also offers lessons during the winter when they construct their tennis bubble. Give them a call at 347-873-9698 to schedule a lesson.

Net Generation

Net Generation, official youth tennis of the USTA, gives kids the skills to be great, on and off the court. They also offer a community of coaches, parents, schoolteachers and volunteers who want to get more involved in facilitating learning for young players through the USTA. Net Generation provides a training program and suite of tools to help you get started. Specifically, once you are trained, you can assist the youth tennis program run by Mel Swanson at Fort Greene Courts.

Teaching Pros

We've also been asked for names of teaching/hitting pros. Here are a few names at courts around the neighborhood. Email us if you have other recommendations.

  • Andre Despres - Park Slope - popuptenniskids@gmail.com

  • Javier Navarro Cartagena 256-998-0815

  • James Russell at South Oxford Courts 713-582-9320

  • Delio Pacifici at McCarren

  • Dimas Mendez 718-645-1546

  • Paul Curtin and Nadzeya Lysak at Prospect Park

Racket Stringing by local Fort Greene experts

Are you still heading into Paragon to get your racket strung? Look no further than Fort Greene where locals are doing the job for around $25 (plus string).

If you insist on going to the city, check out Roman Prokes at RPNY for "celebrity stringing" services.