Thursday Evening 1.5-Hour Group Lesson with Mel Villaruel at 7:00pm on 7/3

  • July 3, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Perhaps the only thing better than playing tennis is getting better at playing tennis — and then playing tennis as a better player! To that end, we're extremely pleased to offer lessons with Mel Villaruel. Mel has a lifetime certification as a professional tennis instructor from the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) and is also certified by Cardio Tennis of America.


We seriously doubt you'll find a better deal on quality tennis instruction anywhere.

As an added bonus, because Mel works with Robert F. Bucheli, who is licensed by the city, his students don't need tennis permits while taking lessons. For those of you who don't yet have your own racquets, he also has a number of spares you can use.

Please arrive ten minutes early — that way you'll help make sure the lesson can begin promptly at its scheduled time. Thanks!


No matter what your age or experience, Mel will bring your tennis game to the next level, and he takes special care to get beginners up to speed quickly and painlessly, without any stress or anxiety.

Mel tailors his lessons to the needs of each of his students with a special focus on proper mechanics and form. Developing these skills is the ticket to enjoying a lifetime of tennis — the greatest sport on earth!


We offer tennis lessons and we host social tennis Meetups every weekend, we throw several holiday BBQs every year, and from time to time we have special events. Here everything that's on our calendar as of now.


As we do every year on the fourth of July we'll be mixing tennis with food, drink and an open flame — the perfect combination!

New York City Tennis Fourth of July BBQ / Picnic Party 

Cooking, eating, drinking, hanging out, making empty boasts, and fighting duels to the death over the proper dispensing and application of ketchup — not to mention forming hundreds or even thousands of excellent new friendships — generally commence around noon or so and continue indefinitely, with tennis and everything else woven in (and out) as everyone pleases.

So come join us on Friday, July 4th for an awesome time!


If you'd like to spend some additional time hitting around or playing matches with other tennis enthusiasts, we'll have our usual full weekend of social tennis Meetups at Fort Washington Park.


• Friday at 9:00am • Friday at 11:00am • Friday at 1:00pm • Friday at 3:00pm

• Saturday at 8:00am • Saturday at 10:00am • Saturday at 12:00pm • Saturday at 2:00pm

• Sunday at 8:00am • Sunday at 10:00am • Sunday at 12:00pm • Sunday at 2:00pm • Sunday at 4:00pm 


• Saturday at 8:00am • Saturday at 10:00am • Saturday at 12:00pm • Saturday at 2:00pm

• Sunday at 8:00am • Sunday at 10:00am • Sunday at 12:00pm • Sunday at 2:00pm • Sunday at 4:00pm 

These two-hour Meetups are the perfect way to either warm up for your lesson or begin locking in the skills and refinements to your game you've just worked on. We look forward to seeing you on the courts!


In addition to our regular social sessions meant for hitting and playing, we're extremely pleased to offer a full slate of group tennis lessons.


Fort Washington Park

Monday, June 30th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Monday, July 7th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Monday, July 14th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Frederick Johnson Playground

Thursday, July 3rd, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Thursday, July 10th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Thursday, July 17th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 


And if you're interested in variety, check out our complete schedule — we offer lessons with three different tennis pros at three separate locations and at different times throughout the week, so there's almost certain to be something that works for you!

Full Calendar of Upcoming Lessons

No matter which pro or pros you choose, these lessons are fantastic opportunities to improve your game and get even more out of your time on the courts in the future.


Mel Villaruel has years of experience working as a tennis pro at the Central Park Tennis Center and the Stadium Tennis Center in New York City and at the Dennis Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. With his dual certifications from the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) and Cardio Tennis of America, he ensures that everyone from beginners to advanced players improves week in and week out while always getting amazing workouts and having tons of fun.

Originally from New Jersey and with roots in the Philippines, Mel started playing tennis when he was eight years old and went on to excel at the famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida and at the Port Washington Tennis Academy in New York. He attended high school at St. Peter's Prep, which was ranked nationally and went undefeated in boy's tennis for six seasons, and he earned his degree in business and finance from Fordham University. He has opened numerous tennis and squash pro shops on Wall St. and at the South Street Seaport. His approach to tennis instruction centers on stroke production and footwork discipline, and his extensive use of on-court conditioning programs and his ability to create unique lesson plans customized to the needs of individual students make him a favorite for players of all levels.


It's extremely easy to get to these courts. Simply take whatever public transit is required for you to connect to the 3 train, and then take the 3 to 148th St. Exit the station, walk north on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. to 151st St., turn right and enter the park.


As many long-time members know, this group generates a lot of announcement emails. Through hard experience, we've found it necessary to send out all those announcements because of the nature of the Meetup platform and the activities we host, but we also understand that the volume of email can be frustrating for some people who'd like to join us for events from time to time but who don't want to deal with all the email the group generates.

Strategies like using a separate email account for Meetup that you don't check on all devices or setting up filters or rules that will automatically move all announcements from the group into a dedicated folder are as useful as ever, but Meetup recently introduced a new feature that should address your concerns if you want to opt out of receiving these announcements entirely. It's an imperfect solution, but it's far better than nothing, and it's also not burdensome to us, unlike the only previous potential solution, manually building and maintaining a separate opt-in mailing list, which proved completely infeasible due to the size of the group. If you want to opt out of announcement emails, please drop us a line and we'll send you instructions.


Here's the National Weather Service's Detailed 7-Day Forecast.

If bad weather forces us to postpone the lesson, we'll let you know by email as early as possible, but almost certainly not until the day of the lesson. Forecasts have been very unreliable of late, and many days that were supposed to be rained out instead wound up being dry, often even sunny and pleasant.


We must ask that you observe our most important rule:

If you sign up and then find you cannot attend, change your RSVP at least 24 hours in advance!

No-shows and cancellations less than 24 hours in advance are tremendously unfair to everyone on the waiting list and anyone else who might be interested in attending. They're also unfair to us — we put a great deal of time and effort into offering these lessons, and as we're sure you can understand, we don't want it all to go to waste.

It only takes a moment to change your RSVP or even to send the organizer a quick text or email, so please, don't blow off the lesson if you've signed up.

If you break this rule three times in a season, we'll have no choice but to kick you out of the group.

We know, it sucks, and we hate to do it, but it sucks even worse for us and for people who want to take lessons when other members just don't show up. Of course we'll make exceptions to the three-strikes policy for genuine emergencies and bad weather, but short of that, all you have to do is to change your RSVP at least 24 hours before the lesson.

If you break this rule, we ask that you pay Mel or Robert for your missed lesson the next time you attend.

Mel is a professional. Please respect him and the commitment he makes to provide these lessons to the group. Of course we'll also make exceptions to this requirement for genuine emergencies and bad weather, but again, short of that, all you have to do is to change your RSVP at least 24 hours before the lesson.

Thank you for observing these rules and helping make the group and these lessons work for everyone. We look forward to seeing you on the courts!

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