The Decatur Athletic Club is your premier tennis facility in central Illinois! Whether you're looking for a league, clinic, lessons, or just a place to have fun - DAC tennis programs are for you!

Tennis Lessons for Adults

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We offer many adult clinics and leagues that are scheduled during the week. We also offer other programs as needed. Participants need to register by 7 pm the night before a class or clinic. If registering late, please email Rob at or Cory at to check availability.

Live Ball (3.5+)

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Members: $28 | Non-members: $33

Live Ball is constant drills for 1 ½ hours directed by DAC professionals. These coed sessions allow players to sign up on a weekly basis through our app or by contacting the tennis staff. Players must meet the required skill level of each group to participate. Participants may sign up per session.

Intro to Tennis

Tuesdays for 6 weeks, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Members: $62 | Non-members: $72

Want to learn the game of tennis in a fun environment? For new players or those wishing to start again, our Intro to Tennis program is a great place to start. Players may use our loaner racquets for free.

Fast Feed

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Members: $20 | Non-members: $25

This program is a fast-paced progressive doubles game for 2.5 players and above. Players must meet the required skill level of each group to participate, and each session requires a minimum of three players. These coed sessions allow players to sign up on a weekly basis through our app or by contacting the tennis staff.

Tennis Works Decatur

Sundays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Members: $5 | Non-members: $7.50

This is a USTA – volunteer led – special event held on a weekly basis. The purpose is to help develop young adults and encourage them to play in USTA leagues. There is a weekly sign-up, limited to 16 players each week, and those interested must register by noon on the preceding Saturday. This is also a challenge league, move up and down during play to court to court. Based on performance that day.

Social Team Tennis

Fridays, once a month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Members: $25 | Non-members: $30

There are four teams with six players on each team. Four players on each team will play each night: two guys and two gals, one round mixed doubles, one round gender doubles, and then finale is a mixed round with their other partner. This will be based on “first come, first serve” (no pun intended). Only eight guys and eight gals per Friday. We often have a potluck dinner. If you do not get signed up for a team, you can ask to be put on a substitute list. This is for players at a 3.0-3.5 NTRP level.

Ladies Challenge Court

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Members: $20 | Non-members: $25

This is a league you must participate in for the entire session. You will slide up and down the court based on your prior week’s performance. This is for players at a 3.0 - 3.5 NTRP level. Sessions are September through December followed by January through May. If you do not get signed up in time, you can ask to be put on a substitute list.

Cardio Tennis

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. or 7:00-8:00 p.m.

10-week rates: Members: $150 | Non-members: $200
Per session rates: Members: $18 | Non-members: $23

This 10-week class is non-stop doing different drills to music, guaranteeing a great workout. There must be a minimum of five pre-paid participants. If the minimum number of participants is met, others may participate per session.


One-hour lessons can either be private or in small groups with two, three, or four students. Discounts are provided when purchasing groups of six lessons.

There is also a 30-minute option for those interested in a shorter one-on-one instruction.

For specialized lessons, please contact DAC at

Lesson Rates Member - 1 Lesson Member - 6 Lessons Non-member - 1 Lesson Non-member - 6 Lessons
30 min. only$45$280$55$300

Tennis Court Reservations

  • Only members can reserve courts.
  • Courts may be reserved up to seven days in advance.
  • DAC clinics, lessons, tournaments, and special events take precedence when reserving courts.
  • Reservations must be cancelled no later than four hours in advance or a cancellation fee will be charged.
  • From Memorial Day through Labor Day there are no court fees for members.
Primetime rates 1 person paying 2 people paying 4 people paying
Member rate per hour$32$16$8
Primetime hours
Monday - Thursday8 a.m. - 12 p.m.4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday8 a.m. - 12 p.m.4 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Saturday8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Other Tennis Services

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Permanent Court Time

  • $20 per hour per court for the entire season, Labor Day to Memorial Day.
  • Permanent court time can only be purchased by a member and the individual must be a member through the entire season or the permanent court time will be forfeited with no refund.
  • The amount will be divided into two payments, one at the beginning and the second on January 1st.
  • If wanting permanent court time after the season has begun, the payment will be pro-rated.
  • There is no additional charge to non-members when they play with a member during that member’s permanent court time. However, the non-member would still need to purchase a guest or visitor pass for that day.
  • Permanent court time can be reserved for any time the club is open but must be the same time on a weekly basis.
  • DAC clinics, lessons, tournaments, and special events take precedence.
  • On rare occasions when a DAC event conflicts with one’s permanent court time, then the member will be offered another time slot or have their account credited for that time slot.
  • Contact the DAC office for permanent court reservations.

Ball Machine Rental

During permanent court time or primetime hours, a member who has already reserved court time may rent the ball machine for $5 per hour (pro-rated). During non-primetime hours, a member may rent the ball machine for $10 per hour.

Tennis Racquet String Repair

DAC offers a wide variety of strings. For prices and information on our strings, please see any DAC tennis pro. For more information, please contact Cory at

Free Evaluation

Want to start playing tennis but do not know where to start? Try a free evaluation with one of our tennis pros. A pro will assess your game, assign a rating, and suggest appropriate lesson programs. These evaluations are perfect for novice players. For more information, please contact DAC at


DAC hosts a wide range of tournaments for adults and juniors. Please check the monthly newsletter and DAC Facebook page for these events. Some tournaments require a USTA membership.

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