There are many ways to achieve athletic greatness; but sometimes the forfeit is more than what the athlete bargained for. Our competitive system depends on healthy, well-balanced relationships. We spend our time and energy on building a rapport with each student-athlete that works with their strengths and weaknesses. That’s why our coaches are dedicated and devoted to knowing the student-athlete’s ability and tailoring excellent processes and strategies to their individual outcome.
Next Level Tennis and Education
Next Level Tennis was founded in Washington , DC on January 1998. Originally established to prepare youth for collegiate and professional tennis, we developed sound techniques in stroke production, footwork & strategies tailored to each student’s attributes. In 2004, Next Level Tennis relocated to Atlanta, Georgia for twelve years in order to give our student-athletes better opportunities for competing professionally. In 2018 Next Level Tennis, recognizing the lack of funding for talented and committed student/athletes, converted into a non-profit entity, and was renamed; Next Level Tennis And Education (NLTE). NLTE was founded to support student-athletes who desire to take their skills to the highest levels.
You can expect Next Level Tennis and Education to be tough. You can expect the coaches to be compassionate but driven. You can expect your student-athlete to grow in areas that affect both their personal lives and their work ethic, even at a young age; And you can expect for your student-athlete to become a confident, well-rounded individual, who is capable of setting his/her own expectations and delivering results that measure up!
Our End Result Expectations
Core Values & Objectives
Many good athletes are students in the making. You may not be able to see it right away, but athletes crave sound teaching. That’s why great coaches change lives. At Next Level Tennis and Education, we believe that when opportunities are open to those who’ve been previously blocked (by whatever circumstances) there is no telling just how great an individual can be. Never-the-less, without the right guidance, many student-athletes will not realize their potential, and the best they will ever become is someone who played something in school. Our value lies in our ability to train, teach, coach, and guide our student-athletes into setting and reaching their lifelong objectives.
Meet Peter A. Townes, Founder
“At 14 years old, I decided to play tennis. Like much of my young life, if I put my mind to a thing, I accomplished it. It wasn’t from my mother’s investment, or my father’s encouragement that I was driven to the courts of D.C. It was because my father left behind a racket, some tennis balls, and the will of an athlete. Arthur Ashe inspired me from the television when he defeated Jimmy Connors in Wimbledon. I looked at him and realized that he was doing something that I could do, so I did it!” - Peter Townes
Four years later he attended South Carolina State University on a full tennis scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Art in English with a minor in Journalism. He then went on to coach student-athletes who became productive citizens: doctors, lawyers, teachers, and businessmen/women. To his credit, two of the Founder’s adult children obtained Division 1 tennis scholarships, and one earned the National Merit Award, then walked on to her Division 1 Tennis team and became team captain for three years. His eldest son maintains the title of Head Mens & Womens Tennis Coach at a Division 1 university.
“I have learned a lot about tennis and about my own life over the past two years of playing tennis with you. I now understand that I need to work very hard and it is essential to continue practicing my tennis skills in order to become the player that I dream of becoming. I am surprised that I was able to learn so much about my own life from playing a sport. I know that I need to start managing my time better, learning how to keep up with my responsibilities. I enjoy your coaching and I think that you teach incredibly well. You are the right amount of strict and fun and that is one of the main reasons that I enjoy playing tennis with you, learning from you, and have continued playing tennis to this day.”
-- Shaurya B., 14 from Virginia