Meg Minton, USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
Adult Tennis Coordinator
Meg has been employed by the Eau Claire YMCA since 1993, serving as the tennis center director from 1993-1997, and as a staff tennis professional since 1997.
Meg started her career as a tennis professional with Peter Burwash International in 1980 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was the resident tennis professional for 13 years at the Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, and received the Kauai Woman of the Year in sports award in 1988 for her work in establishing and nurturing the first junior tennis program on the island.
She has been a USPTA certified professional since 1990 with a Professional 1 rating. Meg was inducted into the University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 in honor of her collegiate tennis accomplishments.
She loves teaching all ages and abilities and is currently the Adult Tennis Coordinator.
Matt Boughton, USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
Tennis Center Director
2011 USPTA Industry Excellence Award and 2012 USPTA Wisconsin Pro of the Year
Professional 1 certified USPTA teaching pro
15 years of teaching experience
2011 Wisconsin Tennis Pro of the Year
2011 USPTA Industry Excellence Award
2 time NJCAA National Qualifier
4 time region XIII champion in both singles and doubles
Youth Tennis Coordinator
USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
More than 8 years teaching experience
Certified in 10 and under tennis
Has worked with some of the area's top juniors
3 time state qualifier at Eau Claire Memorial High School
Youth Tennis Programs
TENNIS WINTER 1: December 9 - January 31
TENNIS WINTER 2: February 3 - March 14
TENNIS SPRING: March 15 - May 2
A group lesson must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class
Lesson participants can make up for missed lessons in a similar group lesson in the same session if OK'd by the Tennis Director, Head Pro, or the instructor of the lesson
Players will receive a class recommendation form on the second to last class of the session
Tennis racquets are provided if needed from the demo racquet pro shop
Call the Tennis Center Director to be rated/categorized by proper skill level and not by the player's age
Adult Tennis Programs
TENNIS WINTER 1: December 9-January 31
TENNIS WINTER 2: February 3 - March 14
TENNIS SPRING: March 15 - May 2
Tennis Center Staff
Welcome to the Eau Claire YMCA Tennis Center!
Eau Claire YMCA members and Tennis Pass participants may reserve courts six (6) days in advance for open play.
Members may reserve a maximum of 1 court ahead of time per day.
Reservations may be made for 30 minute increments up to 2 hours.
Please give all names in a group when reserving court time.
Non-members are required to buy a day pass before they can play. They are also responsible for their court time.
Non-members can use the facility 3 times annually.
Monday-Friday | 10:30 -11:30 AM & Tuesday/Thursday | 7:00-8:00 PM
Cardio Tennis is a fun group activity, featuring drills to give players of all abilities the ultimate high-energy workout. Taught by a teaching professional, it includes warm-up, cardio workout, and cool down phases. If current or new players are looking for a great new way to get in shape and to burn calories, they must give it a try!
Fee: Member $5 | Community $9
Noon Ball Doubles
Fridays | 12:00-1:00 PM
A fun and educational opportunity for adults to practice their doubles skills. Players will spend the first 45 minutes participating in doubles drills with an instructor and the last 45 minutes playing points with coaching. Players may sign up ahead of time for each week or drop in. Drill is limited to the first 8 players. Recommended for players 3.5 or higher.
Fee: Member $10 | Community $20
John & Fay Menard
YMCA Tennis Center
1260 Menomonie Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Group lessons are intended for 3-12 participants and are separated by the United States Tennis Association’s NTRP Rating System. This system assigns a number rating according to ability and raises in value in .5 increments. Our adult beginners start at a 2.0 level, with the highest level being at 4.0. Please ask our staff for help with placement.
All adult group lessons are 90 minutes per lesson and meet once per week.
A group lesson must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class.
Lesson participants can make up for missed lessons in a similar group lesson in the same session if OK’d by Matt Boughton or the instructor of the lesson.
Hourly Open Court Time Rental Rates
(Hourly fee split by all participants on the court)
Youth/Full Time College Student: $16/court
Happy Hour Discount Time (all ages): $16/court
Monday-Friday: 6:00-9:00 AM, 12:00-4:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00-4:00 PM
Monday-Friday | 6:00 AM-10:00 PM
Saturday | 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
Sunday | 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Red Ball 1 (Formerly Quick Start 1)
This class is designed old with an emphasis on fun, developing hand/eye coordination, and basic tennis fundamentals. The main goal is to lay the foundation for the love of the game. This class will be using red balls and play on 36’ courts.
Red Ball 2 (Formerly Quick Start 2)
Children will continue to improve on the form taught in Red Ball 1. Players will also begin to learn: basic rules of the game, to keep score, make shot decisions and sportsmanship. We will use 36’ or 60’ courts, red balls & 19” racquets.
Orange Ball (Formerly Quick Start 3)
Emphasis in this class will be on the development of sound fundamentals. Instructive games are used to improve fundamentals while having fun. This class will be using orange balls and will play on 60’ courts.
Green Ball (Formerly Transitions)
This class is suggested for those with basic tennis experience. Each student will be working on mastering the basic stroke fundamentals, proper movement, and basic singles and doubles strategy. Class is dependent on each child’s playing ability not age.
This class is designed for competitive junior high and junior varsity players to have fun while meeting the current needs of the player. We’ll teach core concepts, such as correct techniques in ground strokes, volleys, serves, overheads, and specialty shots such as drop shots and lobs. Tennis strategy and point construction are introduced.
Ace I/High Performance
Intensive workouts for varsity players with singles and doubles strategies and mental toughness for match play scenarios. Players must have instructor consent before registration and a USTA tournament ranking to participate. Good sportsmanship and encouragement of others expected.
This class is for junior varsity players and focuses on the fundamentals of match play, having fun, and making friends. Students will learn the importance of each point and be given strategies to develop their natural skills in both singles and doubles match play. Good sportsmanship and encouragement of others expected
This class is for players wanting to get back into tennis and relearn the fundamentals
This class will cover basic strokes-serves, service return, ground strokes, and volley. Proper footwork and ball judgment skills will be taught. Ratio is 5:1.
Active Older Adult Drill
Drill is for adults 55+ looking to practice strategy and fine tune their strokes in a controlled, fun setting
The basic strokes will be fined and strategy will be introduced. Proper grip and stroke production will be stressed. This class will introduce the patterns of play, and working a point. Ratio is 5:1.
Advanced Intermediate 3.0-3.5
This is intended for players who want to improve their strokes as well as learn the important strategies of the game. Half of the class time will be spent on improving stroke production and half will be spent on strategies. Ratio is 5:1.
Advanced Doubles Strategy 3.5+
This is a fast-paced, high-intensity, strategic doubles drill for players looking for advanced tactical doubles skills. The drill focuses on communication, movement, strategy, and point play. Players will learn new techniques of modern doubles as well as practice tried and true methods. Players should expect a mix of instructional drill and coached point play.
This is intended for players at the 3.0-3.5 USTA level who want to improve their stokes as well as learn the important strategies of the game. Half of the class time will be spent on improving stroke production and half will be spent on strategies. Ratio is 5:1
Men's & Women's Doubles Drills 3.5+
Drill is open to all players rated 3.5 and above. Players drill for the majority of the time.
Singles' Drills 3.0-4.0