Tennis instructors generally host lessons for both adults and children to learn the sport of tennis. In addition to creating lessons for groups and individuals, they may also perform regular housekeeping duties and other tasks depending on the size of the facility. Instructors may also help set up, take down, and store court equipment, pick up loose balls around the court, and keep the area clean and free of debris at all times.
Tennis instructors teach many different age-ranges, and students range in skill from beginners to experts. Some students who are still learning the sport may need private coaching, and a good instructor should be prepared to offer private lessons in the area/s that the student may need. Instructors who work independently via their own businesses are also responsible for handling all finances or hiring someone to do so, and they must always adhere to the facility’s billing and financial stipulations. It is also important that they abide by all safety rules at all times and reinforce them among students when necessary.
Tennis instructors themselves should have a great deal of experience in tennis, and a college degree is not necessarily required for this position. However, some tennis instructors may find more job opportunities with a background and/or degree in sports medicine, physiology, or a related field.
Tennis Instructor Tasks
Teach specific tennis techniques to clients or students.
May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses in an effort to prepare them for competitions.
Demonstrate techniques and methods.
May instruct private and group tennis lessons.