Allen Gowin, Head Pro of Charlotte City Tennis, has enjoyed the sport since he was 10 years old. His junior career consistently resulted in Top 10 state rankings, Top 20 sectional rankings, and competitions at the national level resulting in national rankings. He won multiple NC Closed State Championships as well as 3 consecutive team state championships at Fort Mill High School in SC. After an exhausting junior schedule, Allen decided to accept an academic scholarship at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and take a break from competitive tennis.
After several years of teaching with Netresults Tennis in Brookline MA, Allen saw the opportunity for growth in municipal tennis and decided to return to Charlotte, NC. He believes that providing affordable, high quality programming via USPTA certified pros at municipal facilities is the best way to grow and introduce the game to everyone. His passion is not only to introduce the game to beginners, and improve the games of advanced players, but to provide an atmosphere that values fun and exercise to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Charlotte City Tennis was founded in 2010 with the dedication to serve the tennis needs of our individual clients and facilities. Through 35 years of combined experience leading from public, swim and racquet and country club facilities, Charlotte City Tennis is committed to taking tennis services at every facility to the next level.
Our mission is to provide fun, social, exercise-based tennis programming for the community. This includes ALL ages, skill levels, and disabilities. Being in partnership with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, we feel it is important to provide the highest quality programming at affordable prices that encourages participation for all. This will be done through both instructional and match play programming under the direction of USPTA certified professionals.
We believe that proper skill development and encouraging personal development is just as important to long term success in tennis as stroke and tactical development. Without first being able to catch a ball, you can't expect to be able to hit a ball with a racquet. Our teaching model is based on a series of progressions. First, the proper skills need to be developed. These include balance, eye-hand coordination, and spatial relationship recognition between oneself and the ball. By focusing on the overall athletic development of the player, they will have a much higher success rate when trying to apply these skills to the game of tennis. The Quickstart methodology requires the proper court size, ball, racquet length, net height, and score for each age group. By combining the proper skill development with the Quickstart format, we feel each player will be able to maximize their skills at each level. We feel that by sticking to this path, players will develop quicker with more success ensuring that they will continue to want to play. For more information, visit www.10andundertennis.com or www.littletennis.com.
Learning and playing the game of tennis has enormous benefits at all levels; both for children and adults. You don't have to train or have the athletic skills of a touring pro to reap the benefits this game has to offer. Learning how to think independently, make quick decisions, and improve athletic skills are just a few benefits that can help people of all ages. By offering a structure that starts with the simplest of concepts and progresses to the most complex, we truly feel that we have something for everyone.