Private Tennis Instruction

Improve your game – receive focused, personal instruction from one of our Tennis Pros. Please call the front desk 513.777.5530 to schedule.

$50 per hour
$25 per half-hour

$60 per hour
$30 per half-hour

The Court Yard Tennis Professionals

Rob Vigar, Head Pro

Born and raised in England, Rob’s teenage years revolved around tennis – one memorable highlight being when the high school team he captained won the British Schools’ Tennis Championship! Rob crossed the big pond in 1975 to attend and play tennis for Morehead State University. His professional coaching career began as Head Pro at Dayton Indoor. Rob joined the Court Yard staff in 1998. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Rob approaches each coaching session by encouraging questions, goal setting, and building confidence in each player.

Rob’s Quick Tips

  • Vary your drills to allow a focus on every shot – a well rounded player with a complete game puts a lot more pressure on an opponent than a one-shot wonder.
  • Doubles is a fast game, speed is vital – improving your reflexes begins with preparing your racket for every shot.
  • Watch the players you admire most, especially when they are practicing. Look at their feet and eyes and you will see balance and control.

Lance Clippinger

Lance began playing tennis at age eleven and found tennis to be an important part of his junior and high school experiences. As a junior, Lance admired the amazing Stan Smith and tried to model his shot production and demeanor. Lance went on to play at the collegiate level for Miami University. The one tennis memory that means the most to him was qualifying for the National Father and Son Clay Court with his dad.

Lance began teaching at the Court Yard in 2004. He credits his daughter for pestering him to get himself a smart phone. Now he uses it to capture on-court slow motion video – one of his best tools for pinpointing problem areas in a student’s stroke or serve.

Lances’s Quick Tips

  • The hardest thing for a junior player is to find someone to play with each week. Enroll in weekly clinics!
  • Look to the professionals for the right way to volley – they don’t waste time by stepping forward to volley – let the fast ball come to you and use the time you saved by not stepping forward to prepare to hit the volley.
  • If you are over 45, weight training will help maintain your strength. You would be surprised how just 10 minutes, 3 times a week will improve your game.

Jenn Dwyer

Jenn attended high school at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy where she was a three time team state champion and three time individual doubles finalist.  Interestingly, Jenn was the first girl to serve as a ball kid in the finals of the local Western & Southern tournament. One of her memories as a ball girl was witnessing Magnus Larsson tending to a ball girl who had fainted during his match. He made sure she was okay before continuing with his match Рa class act. Nationally ranked, Jenn obtained a partial tennis scholarship to George Mason University and played Division I tennis. She began teaching tennis as a teenager for summer camps in the area. After college, she was a part-time tennis professional before beginning her full-time position at Court Yard in 2013.

Jenn’s Quick Tips

  • In doubles, it is important to choose high percentage shots. Low middle balls, especially when both opponents are at the net, are highly effective.
  • Don’t go into autopilot and just hit the ball. Find someone’s weakness during the warm-up and capitalize on it.
  • If what you are doing in a match isn’t working don’t be afraid to try something different. Find a way to win even if it is something other than your usual game.

Benton Gaylor

Benton played #1 singles and doubles at Centerville High School and won the Division I Sectional Championship. Benton was fortunate to be able to train & play with several high school state single’s champions & even a few ATP ranked pros! Benton was a sectionally ranked junior player and was awarded a partial tennis scholarship to Wittenberg University, finishing up his college career by earning a B.S. at Wright State University. He has held tennis instructor positions locally as well as in Vermont before joining the staff at Court Yard. Benton is a USPTA Certified Professional.

Benton’s Quick Tips

  • A big first serve in doubles can setup your partner to put away the volley for a quick point. Go for it!
  • Play with lots of energy. Never give up.
  • Play your game – not your opponent’s game.

Rhonda Rains

Rhonda played junior tennis at Carroll High School and was inducted into the Carroll High School Athletic Hall of Fame. She played 4 years at the collegiate level for Wright State University. Rhonda began her tennis coaching career at the age of fourteen at Dayton Country Club. She has taught Varsity & Junior Varsity for 18 years and is the newest member of the Court Yard staff.

Rhonda’s Quick Tips

  • Always have fun!
  • The biggest mistake even good players make – overthinking. Keep it simple.