Tennis Programs Director:
Head Tennis Pro:
Our beautiful har-tru tennis courts are open from late April until early November as weather allows. Members may organize their own recreational play, and there are regular all-comers doubles games organized on weekends, good ways to meet other members:
- Men’s Doubles: Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
- Women’s Doubles: Saturdays, 8:30-10:00am and Sundays, 10:30am-12:00pm
A half-dozen or more member-run tournaments and events are held each season, generally on Saturdays, with a light lunch and cold drinks, plus prizes for winners. Events vary from year to year, but things always kick off in early May with Mixed Scrambles and continue through September. In addition, there are teams for both men and women of different levels and ages, a chance to compete with other tennis clubs throughout Westchester County.
We have a strong junior tennis program of instruction and team play as well as lessons and clinics, both individual and as a group, for all members with our pro and his assistants.
Platform Tennis Program Director:
Join our members playing Pickleball, America’s fastest growing racquet sport! During the warmer months, members of all ages play Pickleball on our platform tennis courts. For those new to this sport, our Club offers Open Pickleball Clinics where equipment is provided and instruction is offered. Members also organize Open Pickleball Games for players of different levels. Head Pro Austin Gardella holds PPR teaching credentials and is available for lessons for all ability levels.
For players interested in joining a team, our Club offers competitive Women’s and Men’s teams in local Tennis and Platform Tennis leagues.
The Club fields A-, B-, and C-level teams in the Metropolitan Interclub Tennis League (MITL). In addition, there is a MITL 50 LOVE team which plays in July through early August and a USTA 3.0 team that plays on Thursday evenings.
The Club fields a team that plays on Tuesday nights in the Westchester Tennis League and a 50-and-over team that plays on Sunday afternoons in the Westchester County Tennis League.
Women’s Platform Tennis
The Women’s Platform Tennis A- and B-Teams play in the Metropolitan Interclub Platform Tennis League (MIPTL), with weekly daytime matches and practices.
Men’s Platform Tennis
The Men’s Platform Tennis A- Team plays on Thursday nights and B-Team plays in the Westchester Platform Tennis League on Wednesday nights.
*Women of appropriate playing level may also compete on either/both of these teams.
Head Pro Austin Gardella is available for tennis lessons. He also runs instructional drills for the Club’s tennis teams and heads the tennis camps for Juniors.
About Austin Gardella
Austin Gardella joined the Pound Ridge Tennis Club in 2015 as Head Tennis Pro. A Stamford resident, he came to PRTC after nine years at the New Canaan Racquet Club, where he was the Director of Tennis and Tennis Pro, organizing adult and junior clinics. Austin has also worked as the Junior Tennis Coordinator at Woodway Country Club and Paddle Tennis Director and Assistant Tennis Pro at Shorehaven Country Club.
Austin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2008 from Franklin Pierce University, where he was a three-year captain of the school’s Division 2 tennis team, finishing as No. 1 Singles and No. 1 Doubles. He was a two-time NE10 Player of the Week and a member of the All Conference Team.
Junior Tennis Clinics
Head Pro Austin Gardella offers Junior Tennis Clinics in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Instruction is available for all ability levels.
For tennis clinics, suitable white attire and tennis shoes are required. (Color outerwear, hats, and shoes allowed.)
Adherence to a 4:1 player to pro ratio.
Effective June 24, 2020, all non-member participants in Youth Tennis Clinics are required to purchase a Youth Clinic Membership (Ages 11 and Under) or Junior Membership (Ages 12-18) at Pound Ridge Tennis Club prior to signing up for clinics. As the health, safety, and well-being of our PRTC players and staff are our top priority, all participants and their families are required to adhere to the current PRTC Tennis Guidelines (Effective June 5, 2020).
Youth Clinic Membership (Ages 11 and Under)
Price (per Applicant): $100 annual Facility Fee + sales tax
Application for Youth Clinic Membership.
Price (per Applicant): $250 annual dues + sales tax
Each additional Junior Member within the same or higher age category: $200
Application for Junior Membership.
- Junior players will be allowed to play on any available court between the hours of 12:00pm and dusk.
- Guest privileges will be allowed once a month for the clubs guest fee amount.
- All court time must be reserved in compliance with the clubs rules.
- Lessons with the pro will be at the discounted membership rate.
For additional information, please email Austin Gardella: [email protected]