Tennis | Shalom Austin



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Tennis Blue Court

Tennis & Pickleball

A brand new amenity at the J, the six lit tennis courts provide opportunities for a year-round tennis program. Four of our courts are lined for adult and youth tennis and two include four pickleball courts.

Youth Tennis programs will include lessons, camps, clinics and USTA Junior Team Tennis for ages 4+ to meet a wide range of skill levels and foster a love of the sport for a lifetime. Whether you are just starting or are a seasoned tournament player, we have you covered!

Adult Tennis and Pickleball are great ways to get outdoors, stay healthy, fit and social. Come to learn or to continue to improve your skills. We offer clinics for all levels, and you will always leave feeling excited and hungry for more! Our world class staff is here to serve your every Tennis and Pickleball need.

Register Your Guest

We ask that all guests register before accessing our facilities. Please fill out the form below so that you can skip the paperwork in person! Scroll to the bottom of the form and select the “Guest” option.

Dell JCC

Dell Jewish Community Center

We’re a community! Shalom Austin’s Dell JCC provides a safe and welcoming space for people of all ages, fitness levels, interests backgrounds and religions. Members enjoy access to free fitness classes, a double gymnasium, and more! Plus, discounts on classes!


James Russell

James has been teaching full-time for eight years and has been a United States Professional Tennis Association certified professional for six years. James comes to us from Barton Creek Resort & Spa where he was the Head Professional helping to build their program after the completion of their 10-court facility. He competed for three years at the Division I level at Eastern Washington University and Nicholls State with multiple wins over nationally ranked teams. In juniors James was ranked as high as 150th in the country. James specializes in fundamentals and technique for all levels having trained under world-renowned coaches across the country.


What is your rainout/makeup policy?

We will make the call to cancel classes due to inclement weather 1 hour in advance.  Participants are welcome to either a credit or, if possible, join the same class that is offered at a different day/time. Please notify James Russell.

Additionally, please ensure your schedule accommodates the program date(s) before registering. There is no refund for participant no shows, with the exception personal emergencies. 

Can I try a class out or do a drop-in session?

Absolutely! As long as the class is not currently full you are allowed to come try the class or drop into it. Please email James at to check if there are spots available.

Which class is right for me?

If you are unsure based on the class descriptions, feel free to email the Director of Tennis James Russell at and he will be glad to help.

Which class is right for my child?

If you are unsure as to where your child fits into the program, email the Director of Tennis James Russell and he will get them where they belong!

What do I need to bring to class?

Bring a water bottle, athletic weather appropriate clothing (Hat, sunscreen, towel) a good pair of athletics shoes (avoid running shoes) and of course a racquet/paddle.

We have loaner racquets/paddles available if you do not have your own.

How do I sign up for a clinic?

Head to your member portal on Daxko, call or stop by the welcome desk!

Click a link below to find the class that best suits you.

Youth Tennis

Adult Tennis


Can I register for multiple classes?

Yes! If there are multiple options for your skill level, then you are more than welcome to attend multiple classes

Can I bring a guest?

Please refer to our Guest Policy.

How do I sign up for private lessons?
Please fill out our private lesson inquiry form and a member of our team will contact you in three business days. You can also contact us at with any questions.
What is the Cancellation Policy for Clinics?

At least one week prior to program start date: Full refund will be granted. Within one week to 48 hours prior to the program start date: 75% of payment will be refunded. Within 48 hours and after program start date: No Refund unless for injury*. Injury – In the event that the participant is medically unable to participate in the program, a note from a doctor on letterhead indicating that the participant cannot participate is required. 


Our Youth Tennis program offers lessons for kids ages 4 and up. Whether you’re learning the fundamentals, developing your skills or getting ready for a tournament, we have the perfect class for you!

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Future Stars

(Ages 4-5)

It all starts here! Hand-eye coordination, balance, footwork, ready position, and basic ground stroke production is our focus! Open to all skill levels.

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Rising Stars

(Ages 6-7)

Also heavily focused on hand eye coordination, balance, footwork, ready position, holding racket correctly and beginning to master proper stroke production. Introduction to serve. Open to all skill levels.

Tennis High Five

Tennis Stars

(Ages 8-10)

For kids who have moved up from Rising Stars or who are newer to tennis. This class works on ensuring kids are ready for match play by reinforcing proper stroke production, footwork and basic strategy concepts. Open to all skill levels.

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(Ages 11+)

No experience necessary! This class is aimed towards kids just picking up the racket for the first time or anyone 11 and up with less that 2 years of experience. Open to all skill levels.

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All Stars

(Ages 11+)

For children with more than 1 year of experience. This class reinforces what was built up in previous classes. Players will use green balls on a full court to help them prepare for play with a full compression ball. Requires instructor approval (typically more than 1 year of multiple group lessons per week)

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(Ages 12+)

An ideal class for kids around the Varsity Junior High level or High School JV level. At least 2 years of regular lessons multiple times per week is required. This class continues stroke, footwork, and strategy development in order to prepare kids for tournament and Varsity High School play. Requires instructor approval.


Adult Tennis is a great way to get outdoors and stay healthy and fit. Players of all ages can learn the basics, refine their strokes or enjoy a fun activity with friends!

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Adult Beginner

This is where it all starts! Come learn the basics of tennis where we will cover all aspects of the game; groundstrokes, volleys, movement, serving, scoring, and more!

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Advanced Beginner

This class is perfect if you haven’t played in a few years, or you are just getting the hang of things. Heavily focused on furthering your strategies and fundamental skills so your consistency and shot making percentages increase to higher levels.

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For more experienced players with a 3.0-3.5 rating. We’ll work on refining strokes as and introducing modern concepts, with proven techniques. Together we’ll discuss and implement doubles and singles strategies for smarter play and decision-making during points.

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Cardio Tennis

Cardio tennis is all about fun! Music is played during fast paced drills and games that focus on getting a great workout while playing tennis! Ideal for advanced beginners and up.

4.0+ Clinic

4.0 Clinic: This clinic is for those with a 4.0+ USTA rating or higher. This player should have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate-paced shots. Teamwork in doubles is evident. Those who do not have a rating of 4.0 need to be approved by the Director before attending.

Adult tennis programs are generously supported by:

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Come play the game that is sweeping the nation! Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Once you get started, you will be hooked! All levels are welcome. 

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Open Pickleball Times

Courts are available to JCC members only and their guests.

Outdoor Only
Friday 7:30 AM – 9 AM

Indoor & Outdoor
Thursdays 7:30 PM – 9:00 PMSaturdays 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Indoor Only

Tuesdays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 Four courts available.

Pickleball Paddle Ball

Pickleball Clinics

Come learn and play the fastest growing sport in America!

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Pick-up Protocols

  • Only available to JCC members and their guests
  • Only permitted during designated Pickleball times
  • Four courts available
  • Players must bring their own paddle and balls.
  • JCC provides nets for players to setup and breakdown for games
  • Click here for our COVID-19 safety precautions and updates


Having a center for Jewish activities in Austin keeps us all connected and brings out our mutual love for Judaism and our community. When we visited other cities to help assess what drew people to their JCCs on a regular basis, two features lacking in Austin kept coming up: an incredible year-round tennis program and a family-friendly, outdoor water park. We knew then what we wanted to see at our JCC.
Debra and Brett Hurt

James Russell

James Russell

Tennis Director

O (512) 735-8206