If tennis is your game, Lake Jovita is your ideal place to call home.

Adjacent to the pool, Lake Jovita features a state of the art Tennis Center with 4 Har Tru® clay tennis courts. A variety of programs are offered at the tennis facility including a Junior Academy, tennis socials, tennis leagues, challenge ladders, corporate outings, club championships, junior championships and exhibitions. 2005 Outstanding Tennis Facility Award

The tennis facility allows for day and evening play for men and women, singles and doubles, providing the perfect setting for an exciting and challenging game of tennis for all levels. Instructors are available for lessons, drills, and match play. We welcome all skill levels.

To learn more, contact Director of Tennis
Bobby Gillespie, USPTA, 813.476.5787 or by email at lakejovitatennis@yahoo.com

Lake Jovita Tennis ProgramsHead

Lake Jovita introduces a BRAND NEW Tennis Program expanding the Adult and Junior Classes and incorporating the USTA QUICKSTART format for the younger players. Quickstart uses age appropriate equipment (smaller courts, colorful, lower bouncing balls and smaller rackets) to create an environment that makes it easy to learn, play and enjoy!


Junior Programs

Rising Stars

Grades K – 4 yrs Beginners Mon and/or Wed 4.30pm – 5.30pm 
Heavy emphasis on FUN! Incorporating games that improve hand-eye co-ordination, racket skills and movement. Age appropriate equipment (rackets, softer, lower bouncing balls and shortened courts). $15 drop in rate.

Hot Shots

7yrs – 10 yrs Adv Beginners/Interm Monday and/or Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Working on a ¾ length court players using colorful age appropriate balls look to further progress all strokes with the use of fun games and drills. Players begin rallying and playing matches. Hot Shot players are eligible to enter our QUICKSTART TOURNAMENTS held at Lake Jovita – next one January 2011. $15 drop in rate.


7yrs – 11yrs Intermediates Mon and / or Wed 5.30pm – 6.30pm
In addition to practicing the fundamentals, Topspinners are looking to learn and develop more advanced techniques (incl. different spins, footwork and singles and doubles strategy).
Topspinners are also eligible to enter our QUICKSTART TOURNAMENTS held at Lake Jovita – next one January 2011. $15 drop in rate.

Teen Novice

11yrs+ Beginners/Advanced Beginners Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Working on fundamentals – strokes (incl. serve), footwork, scoring and etiquette with plenty of fun games and drills. Introduction to spins, singles and doubles strategy. $15 drop in rate.

Tournament Team

11yrs + Call Bobby for days/times
Perfect for the player looking to take their game to a more advanced level. Emphasis on more advanced techniques, footwork, singles and doubles strategy. Matchplay in incorporated. Players in this group form our Junior Tennis Team currently playing other local clubs. $20 per clinic.


Adult Programs


PM Wednesday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Contact Bobby for details 813 476 5787
Learn the basics (or have a refresher) in a fun and sociable setting. $20 drop in rate.

Evening Adult Workout

Monday, Wednesday & Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.00pm
This fast paced, fun clinic is sure to make you sweat! Instruction is provided through high intensity drills and games. WARNING this clinic is not for beginners – it is geared to the Intermediate player+ (NTRP 3.0+). Contact Bobby for more details 813 476 5787. $25 drop in rate.

Daytime Adult ‘Player’

Contact Bobby for times/days.
A combination of live and dead ball feeds to work on strokes, strategy and matchplay situations. Plenty of interactive fun games to make this a great workout. $25 drop in rate.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Perfect for focusing on your individual needs so that you get ahead of the pack!

Private lessons $45 per hour
Semi-private lessons; add $5 per person

All workouts are open to the public and conducted on Lake Jovita’s Har-Tru® tennis courts. These state-of-the-art courts are easy on legs, backs and joints. Grandfather oak trees shade the cooler clay surface and benches
and cold water are available.

Meet Lake Jovita’s Tennis Director, Bobby Gillespie

Bobby, born and raised in Shrewsbury, England has played competitive tennis his whole life and holds the rare distinction of winning 5 years worth of back-to-back National School and Collegiate titles in Great Britain. He has had the privilege of playing at venues such as Wimbledon and Queens on numerous occasions and moved to Tampa with his young family in 2005.

On the teaching side, Bobby has been qualified since 1991 and holds the highest possible rating (Professional 1) with the USPTA. He has been extremely popular with all age groups and levels of play and teaches with high energy, enthusiasm and encouragement.

Contact Bobby Gillespie


Also on staff at Lake Jovita:
Mitch Weissbein, USPTA
John Fritts, USPTA

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