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

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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
Dumbells
Bench Rack
Bench Press

Free Weight Area

Group Exercise Studio
Group Exercise Studio
Stability Balls
Regular Classes
Yoga

Group Exercise Studio

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

Laundry Service
Laundry Service
Laundry Loop
Ready Next Day

Laundry Service

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

Private Shower Stalls

Online Health Possibilities Questionnaire
Online Health Possibilities Questionnaire
Behavioral Analysis
Positive Outlook
Inspirational Questions

Online Health Possibilities Questionnaire

Physical Activity Programs
Physical Activity Programs
Intraoffice Competitions
Cholesterol Reduction
Race Away the Fat!

Physical Activity Programs

Flu Shots
Flu Shots
Nurse-Administered
No Registration Required

Flu Shots

Health Fairs
Health Fairs
Free to Attend
Multiple Vendors
Innovative Products

Health Fairs

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

Aaron

Junior Development Director
"My mission is to cultivate high performance in every player"

Certified: USPTR
Aaron started his tennis journey at the age of 9 in Springfield, Ohio. His brother, Joshua and him went on to be an Ohio's Doubles Semifinalist with his brother Joshua. While attending Flagler College in St. Augustine Florida, Aaron and his team made it to the Semifinals in the NAIA National Tournament. Aaron played One Doubles and was ranked as high as 9th in the country. After college he started his professional career at the Players Club in Palm Coast, Florida, working with Tom Gullikson. Aaron went on to be Assistant Director at Sandy Hollow Country Club in South Hampton, NY before moving to Chicago. While in Chicago he previously worked for Midtown Athletic Club and the USTA/Midwest Section before accepting his current position as Director of Junior Tennis here at XS.

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

Pfungwa

High Performance Director

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

Jessi
After 6 months and 34 pounds lost, I knew I was ready to take things to the next level in my fitness journey.
My story starts with a diagnosis. I had been dealing with some pretty serious reproductive system issues for 3 years without insurance. I was extremely limited in my physical activity, I had gained a great deal of weight in a pretty short span of time, I was constantly exhausted and all I did other than work was sleep. My moods and emotions were out of control. I was depressed and scared because my body just didn't feel like ME anymore. I worried that by the time I was able to get the answers I needed, it might be "too late" and some irreparable damage might have been done.

When I was given my diagnosis in 2014 after those miserable 3 years, it made sense with what I was experiencing. I had researched, and I expected this (but that didn't change how scary it was to hear a doctor confirm my fears!). At the age of 24 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is a condition caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones and is one of the most common causes of female infertility. I had to start medication to regulate my hormones and it took a long time for my body to adapt. I had to take iron (almost needed a transfusion!) to restore my very limited supply and regain some of my energy. This was a long, slow process. My iron stores were still low after more than a year of supplements. I wanted to be healthy, but it took me two years before I was even able to attempt working out. When I finally started working out in 2016, I never had the energy to PUSH myself, and I never really saw results - turns out, PCOS makes weight loss difficult. With no motivation and no results to show for my efforts, I fell off the wagon hard after an unexpected layoff.

To my great fortune, the next company I worked for was located in the Esplanade building. I started the new job in November 2016 and even though I heard about the amazing gym located in the building, I still never had the energy or time to really workout. In December 2016, I made a decision that changed my life and lead me to where I am today. I decided to start following a Ketogenic Diet in the New Year after hearing many other women with PCOS share their success and how great they felt. I did tons of research and found this way of eating is recommended by fertility specialists, and has been shown to help with balancing hormones. I started this way of eating on 1/1/2017, and I haven't looked back since. The results I've had in weight loss are NOTHING compared to how different I've felt. After 6 months and 34 pounds lost, I knew I was ready to take things to the next level in my fitness journey.

I joined the LifeStart Fitness Center in June 2017 and started going every weekday on my lunch breaks. This only gives me a 10 minute window to work out, but this was the only time I felt like I had to do this for myself, so I took it. I started small - walking on the treadmill - but have since graduated to using weight machines, doing floor exercises on my own, and I've even started attending Zumba classes two nights a week! I found that once I got into this routine, it was something I actually started to look forward to! Now, working out is not a punishment, but a release. After finding a diet that worked for me and my medical issues, I finally had the energy to PUSH myself. After two months of my new gym routine, I ran a 15 minute mile for the first time EVER in my life! This was a huge accomplishment for me and showed me just how far I have come from where I was. I almost cried right there in the gym! One of the biggest reasons I love LifeStart is how encouraging everyone is when I share these milestones - being met with a solid high five from Matt and/or Katie after a workout is the best! Also knowing I have resources to utilize as I advance, or even if I get bored with my usual routine, has kept me pushing myself to hit that next milestone over and over again.

I am currently down 47 pounds. I started 2017 at a size 18 and this week I fit into a size 12 pair of jeans! I've lost 5 inches in my waist alone. It's amazing to me that in less than 9 months of fully committing to my health, I've made some pretty significant changes. I never thought I would be able to make time to workout. I never imagined I would be a regular at the gym, and ENJOY IT! I never thought I could run for 7 minutes straight. I never thought I would be discussing my fitness goals and routines with a personal trainer, or signing up to take workout classes for fun! And I certainly never thought I would show my before and after pictures to someone and they would say "I think others need to hear your story".

My pace may be slower than others, but I'm taking my journey at my own speed and finally giving my body what it needs. I can't encourage you strongly enough to do the same! See you in the gym!
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