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Manhattan Tennis Academy

About the Manhattan Tennis Academy

It is our core belief that a proper tennis academy should be run from the top down and from the inside out. This simply means that the primary and collective energy, from the staff leader on down, should take place on the tennis courts! At the end of the day, this is what your child/children deserve every time they hit the courts with us. This is exactly what you will get from the highly qualified PTR and USPTA teaching professionals at The Manhattan Tennis Academy.

This very principle of 'active on-court involvement' is what The Manhattan Tennis Academy was founded on. Director John Curtis oversees and leads his hand picked staff of certified pros through the drills and  exercises that he has carefully designed to take your child to his/her next level. 

We recognize that all children are different- with strengths and shortfalls independent to them, and them alone. We also recognize that most children have different expectations, goals and reasons for being at the academy. We will see to it that each child is treated fairly, maximizing his or her potential.

TMTA considers it a privilege to provide you with a caring, fun and knowledgable environment during each session. All of our tennis programs are held at The Midtown Tennis Club, NYC's premier indoor tennis facility.

John Curtis,
Executive Director
Meet the Executive Director - John Curtis, PTR Certified Professional
John's passion for the game started at the age of 11, playing tennis in the public parks of New York and New Jersey. By the age of 18, John’s love for the game and skills afforded him the opportunity to play collegiate level tennis at San Diego Mesa College. After college, John decided to develop his career around his passion for tennis and his perpetual desire to immerse himself in the game.

In 1991, John spent 6 weeks at the Professional Tennis Registry (“PTR”) headquarters in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he learned from the world’s best tennis minds. It was in Hilton Head where he obtained his professional certification as a tennis instructor. Since that time, John has held a number of positions at a wide range of tennis clubs as staff pro, head pro, and director of tennis. John held the prestigious position as the Head Coach of New York University’s Men’s Tennis Program from 1996-2006. After working with college student-athletes for 10 years, and having achieved his collegiate coaching goals, John decided to change his focus to local Junior Development, thus capturing the attention of players at a younger developmental stage. In 2006, John co-founded the Gotham Tennis Academy. John withdrew his membership from Gotham in 2010, and founded The Manhattan Tennis Academy in 2011.

Some of John’s accolades in the tennis industry include:

mark Held position of NYU Mens Tennis Head Coach (1996-2006)
mark 2006 PTR Coach of the Year Award, Northeast Region
mark 2009 PTR Member of the Year Award, Northeast Region
mark Produced 4 NYU All-Americans in 10 year career
mark Produced 2002 ITA Division III National Champion
Where We're Located:

Midtown Tennis Club - Chelsea, NY

(In the spirit of respecting Midtown's soft courts, we only allow flat bottomed tennis shoes on the courts)

Facilities: 8 clay courts: 4 permanent indoor courts & 4 (bubbled) indoor/outdoor courts

341 8th Ave., New York, NY 10001 (Between 26th and 27th streets)

(212) 989-8572

Train: C or E to the 23rd Street station (at 8th Avenue) 1 train to 28th Street (at 7th Avenue).

Parking: Outdoor parking lot on 26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues

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