ElfTennis Founder and Owner, Esther Forrester, was raised in Port Jefferson. She began playing tennis against her garage wall and after breaking a few windows moved on to breaking opponents' blistering serves. She earned All-County honors in high school and played Division I collegiate tennis for Stony Brook University, where she was an Academic All-American. She holds PTR certifications and is an avid competitor. She was ranked Nationally in the 30 and over Women's Doubles. She has been teaching tennis lessons for over 15 years and is beloved by her students.
Our Instructors are all former collegiate tennis players who are certified. Our tennis instructors are kind, dedicated, articulate, and dynamic. Our instructors are patient and engaging.
We offer high performance, quickstart tennis lessons. Classes are one hour long and feature a small student to teacher ratio. We have developed a high velocity system; Students always hit at least 100 balls in a class. We focus on developing eye hand coordination, agility, strength, and fitness as well as proper stroke mechanics. We also teach life skills and values such as cooperation, goal setting, sportsmanship, and communication.Students may bring their own racquet or they can borrow a racquet. Students should wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Preschool: Ages 3-5. During these classes students work closely with an expert tennis instructor. Through interactive, fantasy-like games and tennis drills, students develop fine and gross motor skills and receive an introduction to the fundamentals of tennis: forehands, backhands, volleys, and overheads.
Elementary I: Ages 6-8. During these tennis classes, students further develop the skills learned in the preschool class. Students engage in challenging, interactive games and tennis drills, competitive and cooperative point play, as well as stimulating agility and endurance exercises. Students develop social skills such as cooperation, goal setting, and handling disappointment.
Elementary II Ages 9-11. During these tennis classes, students fine tune stroke mechanics, receive an introduction to shot selection, develop tennis matchplay strategy, and further improve endurance and agility.