All ages. All levels.
Solution Tennis solves the problem of providing the most effective and efficient way to learn how to play tennis, enjoy it for the long term, and be able to do it without breaking the bank.
The game of tennis is rapidly changing/evolving at all levels. This includes easing the frustration of first-timers and kids who have never touched a racket before, as well as giving experienced players tools to excel.
At the beginning levels, smaller courts, lighter rackets and lower bouncing balls are just the beginning. Teaching the right technique and technical nuances, along with using tools and aids to reinforce the correct technique(s) and speed progress, are equally important to increasing enjoyment and triggering the desire to stick with the game.
At the highest levels, analytics are now being used for tennis to influence practice and match play in the same way that analytics have influenced other major sports. Focusing on the defensive strategy of “don’t miss” or “let them make an error” is replaced by the proactive winning strategy of “causing/forcing them to make an error”.
We provide a High Tech/High Touch experience to speed development and enjoyment. Our High Tech approach is grounded in the latest teaching methodology, along with employing a variety of training tools to correct and ensure proper technique.
Our High Touch approach has several components: communicating with parents, providing ongoing feedback to students, performing drills and games with lots of hitting, and providing match play as well as tournament guidance and support.
We offer a variety of afterschool groups ranging from newbies to advanced players and from all ages from 4 and up. Different days depending on the group level.
Are you homeschooled and looking for PE credits or would you like to use your charter school funds to pay for tennis? We can incorporate you into the afterschool programming or set up a specific program for you.
Match play is a vital part of development. We provide on-court instruction to players regarding: setting up points, court positioning, decision making in different scenarios, mental/emotional coaching and much more.
Private lessons have 2 main focuses depending on level and aspiration:
A staple for premiere athletes and teams across all sports. But junior tennis players, whose technique and strategies are still forming and gelling, arguably need it more. Provided regularly in private lessons and also in clinics.
Camp sessions run during summer and holiday breaks. 1.5 - 3 hours in duration depending on the level
Team oriented sessions coordinated and run by request.
The higher the level of play the more important mental training becomes.
It is actually what separates the elite players from the rest. Problem solving, visualization, and personalization are just a part of what is covered.
I never want price or finances to be why someone can’t or doesn’t play tennis. I became a City Instructor in 2019 to reach as many kids as I could. So, if finances are a concern please do not hesitate to talk to me directly to see if we can do something.
Social Distancing and Covid Prevention
Code of Conduct
Monday & Wednesday 4pm-5pm
If your athlete can track/catch a ball and has the strength to hold a beginner racquet, we can teach him or her to play tennis. Our L1 group is the place to begin as it builds the foundations. All ages are welcome! This stage focuses on “learning fast,” utilizing a variety of balls and basic progressions emphasizing dexterity, movement and stroke fundamentals. (Variety of balls)
Monday & Wednesday 4pm-5:30pm
If you are looking for the fastest path to getting better quickly, our Genesis group employs muscle memory drills which can be hard, but also fun–and they work! Our L2 group is for beginners looking to quickly grow in their knowledge, ability and enjoyment of the game until they are ready to participate in our NextGen group. (Red & Orange balls)
Tuesday & Thursday 4pm-6pm
If you are looking to help your athlete advance rapidly and prepare for competition, our L3 group helps turn that dream into reality. A solid mix of drilling and live-ball will prepare the student for high school and USTA tournaments. (Control balls & Yellow balls)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 4pm-6pm
Our L4 group is for students who want to compete at the highest level of their potential. The focus is on skill development, mental training, match toughness, endurance and determination. We seek to create an environment of hard work, learning, and positivity helping every player develop and enjoy maximum potential.
Prepare them (regardless of age) to best benefit from the group programs. The main goal is to replace any bad habits with proper technique so they can maximize the group sessions.
Often times a 30-minute session is sufficient as a jump start.
Advance technique, tactics, and strategy, including but not limited to setting up points, court positioning, decision making in different scenarios, mental/emotional coaching and much more.
Experts agree that of the 3 least risky activities Tennis ranks number one in terms of safety.
Participants must wear a mask entering and leaving the courts and while picking up balls. Instructors will wear masks at all times. Drills and games are set up with social distancing in mind. Any participant who feels sick, should not come to the courts so as not to risk the health and safety of others.
The following will be required at all times:
Matt Whitehead started playing tennis at age 7, competing in USTA tournaments by age 10. He began teaching as a teenager, during which time he taught private lessons in Stamford CT, and thereafter was invited to teach at a local YMCA in Greenwich CT, and then at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, NY. From an early age he split time between his passion (basketball) and his gift (tennis) before matriculating to Yale University. At Yale Matt was a 4-year starter on the varsity basketball team and played tennis his freshmen year, although he continued to teach tennis each summer, except his junior year when he was selected by Athletes in Action to represent the USA on a tour to Russia and Yugoslavia.
With his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, he worked in several countries for a global consulting firm and as an entrepreneur before reconnecting with the tennis scene in 2009, as a player, coach and mentor. Highlights include:
§ Trained with Oscar Wegner, one of the pioneers of modern tennis and former coach of Gustavo (Gugga) Kuerten (Hall of Famer and 3-time French Open Champion). Matt was featured in one of his most highly viewed YouTube video segments.
§ Regularly competed against the top players locally and Nationally, ending 2014 with a USTA National #4 ranking in the 40s singles and rising to a national top 10 ranking in 50s singles and doubles in 2016.
§ Chosen as an alternate for the 2015 USA Trabert Cup Team.
§ Hosted and provided video analysis and feedback for upcoming tour player Sekou Bangoura (who reached a high of #232 in the world) after competing against him in the Del Rey Beach ATP Wild Card event.
§ Participated in a humanitarian trip to Malawi, Africa where he conducted tennis clinics for orphaned youngsters.
§ Was the Elite Director at Paseo, where he led the Elite Tournament Training group and in addition established a homeschool group of top juniors.
Matt is MTM (Modern Tennis Methodology) Level 4 Clinician/Tester Certified and is a member of MTM Coaches Association. He coaches and provides tournament support for an array of juniors across all age groups and levels. Matt also works with several adult teams who qualified for USTA Sectional Championships, works with a WTT (World Team Tennis) adult team that has won the right to compete in upcoming National Qualifiers, and works with individuals who qualified for and competed in Nationals at the 3.0 and 3.5 levels.
In addition to being a lifelong fitness enthusiast himself, Matt has cross-trained athletes in other sports and employs strength and conditioning, movement and balance elements into his tennis drilling and private lessons for all levels. For tournament juniors and advanced players he incorporates video analysis, along with tactical and point construction strategies.
23670 Wiley Canyon
Valencia, CA 91355
Monday - Friday 4-6pm
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