Welcome to
XS Tennis Village

We don't play for fun.
We play for scholarships.

"The summer of my sophomore year of high school, I worked at XS Tennis. It was at XS where I picked up a tennis racket for the first time. Whenever there was an open court, I played. When I wasn't working my job or studying for school, I was working on my game. XS became my second home, and the coaches my mentors. Two years later, I received a full tennis scholarship to college."

- Osiris Carroll
Freshman, Prairie State College

"As a kid, I grew up playing tennis on Chicago's South Side. I dreamed big and worked hard to become a world-class athlete. XS is more than just a place to play tennis. It's the only facility accessible to inner city kids in need of confidence, mentorship and community support. This year, at age 18, I made it to the third round of the French Open. While working to reach my full potential, it's also important for me to reach back and ensure that similar opportunities to play, train and develop are available for the next generation."

- Taylor Townsend
Professional Tennis Player, Ranked #148 in World

Welcome to
XS Tennis

We don't play for fun.
We play for scholarships.



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Programs

XS Tennis provides private and group tennis instruction for ages 3 through adult. Classes run September through May, with private instruction year-round. All classes and lessons are taught by certified tennis professionals, many of whom played in college or have been on the professional tennis circuit.

10 & Under
For ages 10 and under, we adopt a modified program for age, size and ability. Using smaller court dimensions and smaller nets, we are better able to develop the early skills necessary to play the game at the highest level.

Junior Beginner/Advanced Beginner
Using full courts and full nets, we help our athletes develop the fundamentals to begin to play at a competitive level. At the Beginner/Advanced Beginner level, we will also introduce competitive games to teach strategy and scoring.

High Performance Academy: Tournament Level 2 (XS 2)
The XS 2 group is geared toward tournament players age 9-12 committed to an intensive training schedule designed to maximize potential both on and off the court. Through a multi-day per week regimen of technical, tactical, mental, and physical training, the Academy systematically addresses every aspect of a player's game.

High Performance Academy: Tournament Level 1 (XS 1)
The XS 1 group is geared toward tournament players age 13-18 committed to an intensive training schedule designed to maximize potential both on and off the court. Through a multi-day per week regimen of technical, tactical, mental, and physical training, the Academy systematically addresses every aspect of a player's game.

Adult
We offer classes for all levels of adult play. From experienced players to those new to the game, our programs are both competitive and fun, and designed to help adult players develop their game.

Adult Leagues
XS has 3.5-4.5 men's and women's leagues that compete in the USTA, Jack Barry, and Illiana tennis leagues.

Private Lessons
Tailored to individual needs, private lessons are available to XS tennis players of any age and ability level. XS coaches work with individual players to develop and/or hone technical, strategic and tactical skills for recreational or competitive play.
The XS Summer Camps for local youth and high performance tennis players run every day from 9am to 4pm from June through August with before and after care available. XS Summer Camps are held outdoors at the Lake Meadows Tennis Center and indoors at XS Tennis.

STEM & Sports Camps
In the XS STEM & Sports Camps, there will be a 1:6 counselor: student ratio, with camp counselors provided by After School Matters. Campers will enjoy a variety of sports, from tennis and soccer to basketball, baseball and volleyball, with full-time XS tennis professionals running the tennis portion of the camp. The XS summer reading program and STEM instruction will be supported by Project SYNCERE, CPS teachers, and graduate students from the University of Chicago. Other activities will include creative arts and field trips to the beach and local museums.

High Performance Tennis Camps
The XS High Performance Camps are designed for tournament players ages 8-18 seeking a rigorous, competitive environment through which to improve their game. Led by top college players and XS tennis professionals, the camp includes fitness, tactical drilling, strategy, mental fitness, and daily matchplay.
XSTEF offers free tutoring and homework support to XS players from pre-K through 12th grade from 4pm-7pm Monday through Thursday during the academic year, September through May. Support is provided by the University of Chicago Civic Knowledge project.
Through the free Tennis XSpress program, XSTEF brings rackets, tennis balls, and portable nets into CPS gymnasiums for in-school beginner tennis programs taught by XS tennis professionals. The Tennis XSpress program currently serves 10 CPS schools throughout Chicago’s South Side. Programming is provided to CPS schools free of charge through a generous grant from Ariel Investments.

There is no time for ease and comfort
It is time to dare and endure

Winston Churchill

Center Features

Cardio Studio
Cardio Studio
Precor Treadmills
Precor Ellipticals
Precor Adaptive Motion Trainers
Stairmaster
Precor Stationary Bikes

Cardio Studio

Functional Training Area
Functional Training Area
TRX
Bands
Raises

Functional Training Area

Free Weight Area
Free Weight Area
Dumbbells
Bench Rack
Bench Press

Free Weight Area

Selectorized Equipment
Selectorized Equipment
Strength Training
Variable Weight
Targeted Resistance

Selectorized Equipment

Towel Service
Towel Service
Complimentary
Fresh Towels

Towel Service

Personal Training
Personal Training
Professionally Certified
Experienced
Certified Health Coaches

Personal Training

Private Shower Stalls
Private Shower Stalls
High-End Amenities
Soaps, Conditioners, Lotions
Hair Dryers

Private Shower Stalls

Flu Shots
Flu Shots
Nurse-Administered
No Registration Required

Flu Shots

Nobody who ever gave his best
regretted it

George Halas

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Meet our Instructors

Kamau

President/CEO of XS Tennis and Executive Director of XSTEF

XS Tennis was founded by Kamau Murray in 2005. He is now the President/CEO of XS Tennis and Executive Director of XSTEF. Kamau Murray grew up on Chicago’s South Side where he was introduced to tennis in a free after school CPS program. He earned a full tennis scholarship to Florida A&M University, where he also earned his MBA. Kamau also co-coaches professional tennis players such as, Sloane Stephens and Taylor Townsend. Stephens recently earned the Championship title in the 2017 US Open under Kamau's coaching.

Renell

Director of Operations

Clifton

Tennis Professional
"LIFE IS GOOD AS LONG AS THERE IS TENNIS"

Certified: USPTR
Clifton is a native of Montego Bay Jamaica, known for his big left hand serve. Clifton’s passion for Tennis began at an young age of 6 years old after following in both of this brother’s path. Clifton has 18 years of experience including private and group coaching to all levels from beginner to advanced levels. Cardio Tennis, Certification for Junior Development (10 and under); Drill & Play for adults; USTA Men’s Professional Satellite & Future Tournament 2001; Jack Tar Annual Tennis Classic Tournament; Swept-Away Clay Court Tennis Tournament; Manchester Hard Court Tennis Tournament. Clifton’s loyalty and dedication continues to demonstrate his integrity in achieving his goal and objectives.

Darrell

Tennis Professional

Gary

Tennis Professional

Kris

Tennis Professional

Malcolm

Tennis Professional

Precious

Tennis Professional
Certified: USPTA, USPTR, PTR
Precious was the 9th born in her family and is a Chicago girl at heart. She enjoys being with her family and friends, traveling, and seeking new outdoor adventures. There is no sport that Precious doesn't appreciate. At XS she is the current 10 & under Tennis Instructor.

Ron

Tennis Professional

Terry

Tennis Professional
A graduate of DePaul University, an ISBE licensed Science Teacher, and PTR Tennis Coach, Terry has a passion for coaching and teaching. Coached by his Father and GBS High School coach Larry Faulkner, he maintained a top 4 Chicago ranking, top 30 Midwest ranking, a National ranking in the 18 and Under’s, and achieved 3 straight singles quarterfinal appearances at the Illinois High School State Championships (’95-’97). Coached tennis at Midtown Tennis Club before accepting tennis coaching position at XS Tennis. A big believer in positive thinking, Terry is enthusiastic on and off the tennis court.

Greg

10 and Under Specialist
“Today’s truths are tomorrow’s building blocks; for tomorrow, we will find a higher truth than we
have found today.”

Certified: USPTA
While earning his B.A. in English Language & Literature from Southern University A&M, Greg played on the Men’s Tennis team. He was an integral part of the team’s three conference championships and many successful placings in NCAA tournaments. Greg uses his liberal arts education and many cultural experiences to develop a unique style of teaching. He hopes that his students develop their own sense of curiosity and thirst for knowledge outside the court. Having served as 10 & Under Director at Five Seasons Cincinnati, Greg comes to XS with a passion for working with the 10 & Under pathway. He was previously a Midtown Chicago tennis pro and facilitated multiple Red Ball training workshops in Cincinnati. Greg is prepared to bring everything he has learned along the way into the fold.

Darren

Tennis Professional

Dempsey

Tennis Professional

Some people want it to happen
Some wish it would happen
Others make it happen

Michael Jordan

Membership Rates and Packages

Individual

$45/mo
  • Initiation Fee: $125
  • Free Daily Locker Usage
  • Complimentary Towels
  • Full Amenities

Junior

$25/mo
  • Initiation Fee: $75
  • Ages 18 and under
  • Free Daily Locker Usage
  • Complimentary Towels
  • Full Amenities

Family

$85/mo
  • Initiation Fee: $150
  • Family of Four (+$10 per additional member)
  • Free Daily Locker Usage
  • Complimentary Towels
  • Full Amenities

Tennis

Outdoor Court

$16
  • Courts available: 16

Indoor Court

$34
  • Courts available: 8

Lessons

$65
  • Private lessons: $65
  • Group lesson (shared): $75

Personal Training Rates

One-on-One

  • 30-MINUTE SESSIONS
  • 1 session: $50
  • 10 sessions: $380

Group Training

  • 30-MINUTE SESSIONS
  • 1 session/week: $75/month
  • 2 sessions/week: $115/month
  • 3 sessions/week: $150/month
  • * Minimum of 2 participants/session and maximum of 5.

Nutrition and Wellness Packages

Consultations

  • INITIAL CONSULTATION: $70
  • FOLLOW-UP CONSULTATIONS
  • 30-MINUTE SESSIONS
  • 1 session: $38
  • 5 sessions: $160
  • 45-MINUTE SESSIONS
  • 1 session: $46
  • 5 sessions: $220
  • 60-MINUTE SESSIONS
  • 1 session: $60
  • 5 sessions: $280

Additional Services

  • Menu Development and Grocery Planning: $150/week*
  • Group Nutrition: $75/person
  • Online Accountability: $100/month*
  • *Initial consultation required

Those who do not find time for exercise
will have to find time for illness

Edward Stanley

LifeStories

Bob P.
After about the first 2 months of personal training, I dropped to 200 pounds and reached my initial goal, for weight loss, but I still felt like I could achieve more.
I have been a LifeStart member at 150 N. Riverside since August of 2017 when our company moved into the building. Our company had been located in another nearby office building for 12 years prior and I was a member of the fitness center there for the entire time. I would work out 2-3 times per week and basically follow the same routine every day. I would run 3 miles on the treadmill and then use 4 or 5 of the same strength training machines.
After moving to the new building at 150 N. Riverside and starting a new experience at a different fitness center, I started to think about participating in sessions with the fitness trainers. But for the first 4 months I just continued my old routine. However, I felt that I had plateaued and was not making any progress. Meanwhile, one of my coworkers had signed up for a package of personal training sessions and told me that she felt she was making some good progress. That’s when I seriously started looking into the pricing/options for personal training. When she gifted me with her remaining training sessions, I had no excuse anymore not to give personal training a try.
I was introduced to Ashley Schroeder in late November of 2017. I weighed 215 pounds at the time and my goal was to lose at least 15 pounds while generally increasing my muscles tone. I also wanted to learn a variety of new exercises so I could break out of my normal routine and increase the effectiveness of my workouts.
Ashley enthusiastically accepted and we started personal training sessions 3 times per week. In addition, I would come to the fitness center one or two days per week to work out on my own. Ashley has been a great trainer. She is always full of positive energy. When training, she strikes an ideal balance of being pushy to achieve results while still being nice and making the workouts fun. At times, I have given her the death stare (10 more burpees? – are you kidding me?) but I always want to hug her after every workout because she is so good at what she does. She continually provides guidance on diet/nutrition, and other behaviors that all lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Ashley also encouraged me to purchase a MYZONE belt and download the MYZONE app to my phone. I use it during my workout sessions with Ashley as well as when I work out on my own. I find that I work out a little longer each time in order to achieve a higher level of calories burned or MEP’s. And I try to be one of the top performers each month for MEP’s with my group of connections on the app. It’s a friendly competition that really helps to keep me motivated.
After about the first 2 months of personal training, I dropped to 200 pounds and reached my initial goal (for weight loss). But I still felt like I could achieve more. Ashley and I agreed on a goal of 185 pounds. It sounded ambitious but I was ready for the challenge.
After 3 months of personal training, I transitioned to group training and have been part of group training for 4 months. It has been a lot of fun; Ashley really knows how to keep the group moving and we get a great workout. During this time in group training, I reached the 185 pound goal. I look and feel fantastic at this weight. I can run longer and faster, I don’t tire as easily, and my mid-section is slimmer.
Now that I have achieved the goals I originally set 8 months ago, Ashley and I have recently discussed where to go next. I am excited to begin Phase 2 of my fitness journey with a new focus of increasing my strength.
Training with Ashley has been a phenomenal experience. I am very happy with what we have achieved together so far. I could never have achieved these results on my own and I look forward to making additional progress. Thanks to Ashley for being such a positive influence on how I think about fitness, health, wellness and life. I look forward to seeing her every training session and I consider her a dear friend and personal adviser as well as my fitness trainer.
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