EDUCATION, RECREATION & PERFORMANCE
Welcome to the Willis Road YMCA of Spartanburg, SC. We are the premiere destination to play Tennis, Pickleball & Badminton! Between reserving a court just for fun, enjoying some friendly league competition, tournaments, social events or taking lessons with our certified & experienced staff professionals, we have the programs for all abilities and ages.
The Willis Road YMCA Racquet Sport Center is one of the finest of its kind for education, recreation and performance. We offer 8 outdoor har-tru clay courts, 1 outdoor hard tennis court, 2 outdoor pickleball courts, 2 indoor hard tennis and pickleball courts that are all lighted.
All members can reserve courts through the Welcome Center at 864-310-6400 Ext 105 or through your Reserve My Court Member Login.
MEET OUR PROS
Meet the Y’s tennis professionals, all of whom are United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) or Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified. They offer both group and private lessons. To register for a lesson, please call the tennis center at 864.310.6400 or email us at [email protected]
Warwick Bashford, has been a French and US PTR Certified Tennis Professional for over 35 years. Hailling from the red clay of France, Warwick developed his tennis skills and eventually competed professionally, prior to finding his true passion. His real interest was in the technical, psychological and physiological intricacies of the game.
Warwick, a long time Upstate resident of 15+ years, is acknowledged not only for his abilities as a tennis consultant, he is also recognized as a visionary and master motivator, inspiring people from all walks of life.
Players interested in setting up a private individual lesson can contact Warwick directly at (864) 569–8728 or at [email protected] for more information or help setting up private group lessons.
Private: 60 Minutes (High Performance Player)
Private: 60 Minutes (Recreational Player)
Private: 30 Minutes (Recreational Player)
Semi-private (per-person): 90 Minutes
Semi-private (per-person): 60 Minutes
Semi-private (per-person): 30 Minutes
TENNIS CENTER HOURS
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 9pm
Saturday 7:30am – 6pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm
TENNIS COURT RESERVATIONS
- Reservations may be scheduled 3 days in advance (beginning each day at 9pm).
- Reservations are minimum of 30 minutes, maximum of 1:30 hours.
- Reservations must be canceled at least 4 hours in advance.
- Tennis & pickleball court reservations are forfeited after 15 minutes.
- Reserve a court online at reservemycourt.com or call the welcome desk at 864.310.6400
- Walk-on court use is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Adult group classes (beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels) are the training ground for most of our new adult players. We also offer a variety of drills, games, mixers, and special events to engage all levels of tennis players. These are a great opportunity to learn from our pro, improve your game, meet new friends, and enjoy playing tennis!
JUNIOR TENNIS (After School)
The tennis journey for kids starts here! The name R*O*G*Y Tennis highlights the development and transition of players from red to orange to green to ultimately the standard, yellow tennis balls. The type of balls and court size are adjusted to fit a child’s developmental level and allows them to enjoy more success along each step of their learning path.
Additionally, we offer many play days, camps, and special events throughout the year for even more tennis fun!
JUNIOR TENNIS (Homeschool)
R*O*G*Y (Red, Orange, Green & Yellow Ball) level classes will be run at the same time for the convenience of our Homeschool families. We will divide classes out on separate courts for the different ages. All ages will play with the appropriate size court and equipment.
PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE AND PERSONALIZED GROUP LESSONS
The tennis program at the Willis road Y offers private and semi-private instruction for adults and children, from beginners to experienced players. Our certified tennis professionals are committed to providing members and guests with the personal attention they need to enhance their time on the courts. We strive to provide every tennis player with a positive learning experience in a highly motivating atmosphere through quality instruction and programming.
Lessons provided by USPTA or PTR certified tennis professionals. Contact one of our tennis professionals for setting up a private clinic.
- Warwick Bashford: 864.569.8728
- Jim Carrara: 864.431.3414
Please prepay online for your session for private and semi-private lessons. The tennis pros will receive an email and contact you to set up a time and day that meets your needs. You
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. See how much fun Pickle ball can be for you and your friends!
Play for fun, exercise, challenge and friendship.
Racquetball is an easy sport to learn. You can even play without a partner! A good game of racquetball puts all your muscle groups to work, building strength and endurance. It improves gross motor movement, eye-hand coordination, and flexibility.
Badminton is a sport that involves the volleying of a shuttlecock over a net with the use of racquets. Badminton is an aerobic sport that can be played for pleasure or for competition.