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Tennis

The Apex Tennis Center is a full-service facility to meet all your tennis needs. Certified teaching staff offers a comprehensive program for players ages 5 1/2 years and up for all ability levels.

Apex Tennis uses the UTR rating system for our adult drills. Players must check their UTR on the UTR Sports website before registering. The rating system is as follows:

  • UTR 1 (2.5-3.0 NTRP)
  • UTR 2 (3.0-3.5 NTRP)
  • UTR 3 (3.5+)
  • UTR 4 (4.0 NTRP)
  • UTR 5 (4.0+ NTRP)
  • UTR 6 (4.5 NTRP)

If you do not have a rating, we will have our pros let you know what drills best suit your game and development.

  • Players progress along a continuum of skills, following a recreational or high-performance path based on ability and commitment.
  • Five aged-based, recreational levels with players grouped by ability.
  • Apex Tournament Team for stronger, committed players. By invite only.

Youth Programs - Year Round

  • Level 1 Youth Tennis - Pre-Rally Red: (ages 5 1/2-8) Introduction to tennis in a fun and positive environment.
  • Level 2 Youth Tennis - Orange Ball Rally: (ages 8-11) Emphasis is on starting and sustaining a rally.
  • Level 3 Youth Tennis - Green Ball Rally: (ages 11-13) Increased rally ability provides game expansion.
  • Middle/High School Beginners: (ages 13-18) New to the program, limited experience, or JV level players.
  • High School Prep: (ages 13-18) Plays related sports, holds higher JV or varsity position, or has instructor approval.
  • Apex Tournament Team: By invite only.

Adults

  • Adult Tennis Level 1: Players new to the game, having limited or no experience.
  • Adult Tennis Level 2: UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) 1-3 level players or NTRP 2.5-3.0 level players, focusing on control and consistency.

Kim Greason

Kim Greason

Recreation Manager – Tennis

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303.420.1210

USPTA Certified

Kim Greason returns to her home courts at the Apex. She was born in Colorado, grew up in Arvada, playing tennis at the tennis center, and later for Arvada West High School. Following high school, Kim received a scholarship to play college tennis at the University of Northern Colorado, where she held national rankings and was named an All-American. She has been the girls tennis head coach at Ralston Valley since 2003 and is a USPTA certified teaching pro. She currently plays at the 5.0 and championship level and carries a national ranking in 40’s singles and doubles. Kim feels her specialty is mental toughness and match strategy and enjoys fine-tuning and tweaking techniques for players of all levels and ages.


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Luke Snyder

Head Tennis Professional

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USPTA Certified

Luke has played tennis since the age of seven, and his passion for the game has only grown since. Luke has been coaching high-level juniors in Colorado for eight years now and believes the role of a tennis coach is to strategically coordinate, direct, and manage the development process while achieving the maximum satisfaction and performance of the individual player. Helping them achieve their goals in life, as well as in tennis, Luke develops each player differently according to their abilities and body types.


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Woody Oliver

Head Tennis Professional

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USPTA Certified

Woody has been coaching tennis for almost a decade and has been playing since he was three. He played varsity tennis at Heritage High School, helping his team place 3rd in the 5A state championships. Woody turned down offers from Division II college tennis programs to pursue academics at CU-Boulder. He became a tennis pro at Bow Mar, where he worked with juniors, elite high school players, and seasoned adults. As head coach of D’Evelyn High School, Woody led the girls' program to their first 3A state championship, earning coach of the year honors. Woody is now a USPTA certified tennis pro and is excited to be a part of a great staff at Apex Tennis Center.


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Gary Melillo

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PTR Certified

Gary is a PTR certified tennis instructor and has fifteen years of tennis teaching experience for the City of Boulder, Reston, Virginia Tennis Association, and Apex Tennis Center. He is an Athletic Hall of Fame member and is recognized as an all-state athlete in New York and New Jersey. Following his Division I basketball career, Gary developed a passion for tennis. Over the past 30 years, he has played on numerous competitive men’s teams in Virginia, Southern California, and Colorado. In 2009, he won the T2 Tennis Denver City Championship. With a master’s degree in Human Resources Development, Gary thrives on coaching and teaching all age groups in both sports and business settings. He enjoys helping tennis players improve their skills and knowledge, and his classes and drill sessions focus on skill development, fitness development, and fun.


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Jackson Johnstone

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PTR Certified

Jackson was a Ralston Valley High School varsity tennis player for all four years. Currently, he plays on the University of Denver Club Tennis Team. He began his tennis career playing at the Apex Tennis Center when he was seven. Jackson began coaching at the ATC in 2016 and has worked with players from ages 4 to 18. He employs a well-rounded approach to instruction, with a focus on properly developing the basics of a player’s game. He is incredibly excited to be a part of the team at the new Apex Tennis Center and looks forward to motivating and teaching on and off the court.


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Jazzy Gillette

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USTPA Certified

Jazzy is a Colorado native who started playing tennis when she was 12 years old. Jazz competed in the juniors before becoming an outstanding student-athlete at Arvada West High School, playing at #1 singles for three years in a row and getting Jeffco MVP her senior year. She has taken her positive and upbeat personality to compete in tournaments locally and nationally. Jazzy’s big weapons have helped her claim rankings as high as #3 in the state for Women’s Open singles and have even led her to compete at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the qualifying event. Jazz is passionate about the sport and dedicated to improving her skills and is even more excited about the opportunity to help you improve your own, too.


Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

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USTPA Certified

Christian has been a private tennis coach for 10 years. He enjoys working with all levels and ages but specializes in 10 and under tennis, as well as coaching high-performance juniors. He was a college tennis coach across NCAA D2, D3, Juco, and NAIA for seven years (2015-2022). Christian has been certified through the United States Professional Tennis Association since 2017 and a USTA certified coach since 2021. He has coached 30+ nationally-ranked players over the past 10 years. Hamilton has coached multiple professional players who are currently on the Futures and Challenger circuits.

Christian is passionate about teaching good technique and building a player’s tennis strategy. Christian played at Lindenwood University – Belleville for four years as a player.

For year-round competitive tennis players

ATT Mindset and Culture

We are a team. We work together to grow and develop all players’ games. We respect ourselves, our teammates, and our coaches. We have a growth mindset.

ATT Futures

Ages 5-7

  • Uses a foam or low-compression red ball.
  • Players coming into ATT Red (Futures) must be able to focus for a 1-hour class time frame.
  • The class will be focused on the basics of the game in the desire to learn how to play matches.
  • Intro to Rally skills and basic groundstroke fundamentals
  • Ability/willingness to comprehend coach instructions and begin the development of techniques.
  • Coach approval is required.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture.

ATT Orange

Ages 7-10

  • Uses a low-compression orange ball.
  • Progression from ATT Futures (Red) or Rec L1 or L2 with coach approval
  • Focused on the basics of the game, including match play and the desire to learn scoring and positioning.
  • Topspin forehands and backhands are necessary to begin to learn rally skills.
  • Ability and willingness to focus and comprehend coach instructions and begin the development of techniques.
  • Players must be willing to work on their rally skills, volley skills, and movements on the court.
  • Players, when ready, will seek out and play in level-appropriate tournaments.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture.

ATT Green

Ages 10-12

  • Uses a low-compression green ball.
  • Progression from ATT Orange or Rec L3 with coach approval
  • Developing the understanding of match play outside of regular classes. (ex. Practice matches, Junior Circuits, Level 7, JTT, CARA).
  • Understanding the differences between topspin and slice.
  • Ability to rally with a pro or peer consistently.
  • Understanding grips and grip changes.
  • Players must be willing to work on their rally skills, volley skills, and movements on the court.
  • Ability and willingness to focus and comprehend coach instructions.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture

ATT Junior Advanced

Ages 9-13

  • Uses a regular yellow ball.
  • Progression from ATT Green or coach approval is required.
  • Developing the understanding of match play outside of regular classes. (ex. Practice matches, Junior Circuits, Level 7, JTT, CARA). Consistent serves with proper grip and spin variety.
  • Building confidence in stroke production and continental grip in drill settings, beginning to apply skills to live ball rallies.
  • Have an understanding and control of topspin groundstrokes.
  • Must sustain 10 ball rallies consistently.
  • Using/Understanding proper footwork.
  • Willing to drill and work on the base fundamentals of the game and comprehend coach instructions.
  • Committed to practicing and playing year-round.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture.

ATT Yellow Transition

Ages 13-16

  • Uses a regular yellow ball.
  • Players transition from ATT Green or coach approval.
  • Players must be willing to develop the skills necessary to rally. (topspin, use of unit turn, basic footwork).
  • Building confidence in stroke production and continental grip in drill settings
  • Beginning to apply skills to live ball rallies.
  • Willing to drill and work on the base fundamentals of the game and begin comprehension of coach instructions.
  • Working towards participation in USTA Junior Circuit tournaments or CARA.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture.

ATT Level 6

Ages 9-15

  • Uses a regular yellow ball.
  • Progression from Junior Advanced or coach approval.
  • Actively participating in Level 6 tournaments locally and L5 and up when ready.
  • Must be able to sustain a quality 20-ball rally consistently with a peer.
  • Must understand all proper grips, shots, positioning, and strategy for both singles and doubles and implement them during class.
  • Willing to work on all parts of the game, strokes, strategies, and fitness.
  • Actively seeking private lessons or outside opportunities to improve.
  • Committed to practicing and playing year-round.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture.

ATT Level 7

Ages 13-18

  • Uses a regular yellow ball.
  • Progression from Junior Advanced or High School Prep. Coach approval is required.
  • High school varsity level, maintain a quality 10-ball rally.
  • Building an understanding of grips, grip changes, and the ability to play a variety of shots from all parts of the court.
  • Actively willing to train/work on your game on and off the court.
  • Actively seek tournament play in USTA L7 tournaments.
  • Committed to practicing and playing year-round.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture.

ATT UTR Level 5

Ages 12-18

  • Uses a regular yellow ball.
  • Progression from ATT Level 6 with a UTR of 5 or coach approval.
  • Has confident use of all strokes, footwork patterns, court strategy, and developing tennis IQ.
  • Willing to train/work on your game year-round: strokes, strategies, and fitness.
  • Must show commitment and focus during practices.
  • Plays USTA L6-L3 tournaments with success.
  • Understands and is committed to the ATT Mindset and Culture.