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Wilmette Platform Tennis Club
3551 Lake Avenue, Wilmette
Head Platform Tennis Professional: Brad Smith
- A four-court complex and paddle hut serving players from beginner to nationally ranked
- Year-round public facility
- Adult and junior paddle instruction
- Women’s and Men’s in-house and inter-club league play
- Membership options for Wilmette resident and non-resident adults and juniors
- Open court rentals for non-members
- Special events throughout the year such as Pro Ams, Calcuttas, Adult Mixers and more
- Party and special event rental opportunities available upon request
The newest platform tennis facility on the North Shore is located conveniently close to the Edens Expressway. This year-round, family-friendly facility has four platform tennis courts and a state-of-the-art paddle hut. All ages and levels of play are welcome. We offer both men’s and ladies in-house and Chicago-based league play as well as professional instruction. This facility is also available for corporate and personal party rentals.
Wilmette’s four-court complex is the latest addition to the Chicago area’s growing platform tennis community. The platform tennis courts are constructed with aluminum decking. A heating system melts ice off the aggregate deck surface, allowing paddle players to play outdoors in all weather conditions. Each court is about one quarter the size of a tennis court and is surrounded by a 12 foot high superstructure with taut, 16-gauge “chicken wire” fencing which allows players to play the ball off the screen. The courts are lighted so play can continue after sunset. The paddle hut offers great views of all four courts.
Platform tennis is played with special paddles that differ in size and shape from tennis racquets. The paddles are made of a composite material with specific number of aerodynamic holes drilled in the head and can be no more than 18 inches long. The special balls used for paddle tennis are made of spongy, rubber material and are 2.5 inches in diameter. A flocking material on the exterior keeps the ball from skidding. Paddle tennis equipment will be available to purchase.
Wilmette Platform Tennis Club Memberships
Good through Sept. 30, 2014
The Wilmette Platform Tennis Club offers flexible opportunities to get you out on the court and playing Platform Tennis. Wilmette resident and non-resident memberships are offered for adults and juniors. For an additional fee adults can also opt in to league play. As a public facility we offer opportunities for non-members to use the facility by paying a daily court rate.
Learning the Game
The Wilmette Park District offers adult and junior instruction. Learn how to play this exciting sport and/or enhance your skills during the paddle season. Membership in the Wilmette Platform Tennis Club is not required to take lessons.