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Facility Info

MAIN POOL (5/28-7/31):
S&S: 11a-9p
M-F: 12a-9p

MAIN POOL (8/1-9/5):
Everyday: 11a-8p
Last Day: 11a-6p

S&S: Opens with main pool
M-F: (May-6/27) 12a-9p
M-F: (6/28-Sept) 11a-close

Welcome to SHARKS Tennis!

Welcome new and returning tennis players to our 2016 summer program! We provide a fun and safe environment for your children to learn or practice skills and develop the game of tennis.

There is lots of great information below, click each section for details:


Age Groups

This SHRA summer program is for our 7-18* old crowd. The primary focus is to provide a fun, safe environment for your children to learn and practice skills as they develop their tennis game.

SHRA currently participates in the Northern Virginia Tennis League (NVTL), similar to NVSL for swimming. Placement in this league is primarily geographic and the SHRA coaches are responsible for player selection in matches – a total of 12 boys and 12 girls (4 players from each age group).


Messages from your Tennis Team Rep:

The youth tennis team this year will be coached again by Brendan Mattingly, and assisted by Gary McManus, Brendan Mattingly, John Conway and Caryn Krasner. All of them have many years of coaching and playing experience. They also bring experience in coaching other athletic activities in the community. They look forward to a really great season in 2017!

Becky Adye is the SHRA youth tennis rep, please contact her with questions at

SHRA 2017 schedule

    • Mixed (Boys & Girls) 10 & Under
      • June 28 – Arlington Forest 
      • July 5 – Hidden Creek
      • July 12 – @ Highlands
      • July 19 – @ Arlington Forest
      • July 26 – @ Hidden Creek
    • Girls 11-18
      • June 28 – Bye week
      • July 5 – Sudley
      • July 12 – @ Vienna Woods
      • July 19 – @ Wakefield Chapel
      • July 26 – Arlington Forest
    • Boys 11-18
      • June 28 – @ Highlands
      • July 5 – Bye week
      • July 12 – Arlington Forest
      • July 19 – Wakefield Chapel
      • July 26 – @ SHBR


Snacks & Drinks & Drivers

For home matches – we need to provide snacks and drinks. Our system for donations is as follows: if your child is playing in Singles, please bring a Snack (both start with “S”, that’s the system). If your child is playing Doubles, please bring something to Drink. Chips, crackers, fruit, pretzels, Gatorade, water, juice, etc. is appropriate. For away matches – coaches will travel with the team, but we WILL need parent volunteers to drive.

What to Wear

Please make sure your player is wearing non-marking tennis shoes. There is no official uniform, but we suggest that the players wear shorts with pockets so that they can hold a second ball while serving. Players can also wear compression shorts under shorts or skirts to hold the second ball. Play is impeded if you have to go and get a second ball if you miss the first serve.


There is always a need for parent participation as it takes many volunteers to make these matches and meets happen. These are the major types of volunteer help we need:

  1. Drive to matches Wednesdays (8:30 a.m. to about Noon)
  2. Collect $ at end of season for coaches’ gift

If you are interested, please contact to sign up!

Other Junior Tennis Opportunities

  • Tennis Camp will offered for players age 10-18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer, starting June 27 – July 27 from 12:20 – 2PM.
  • This year Caryn Krasner, an accomplished player and teacher who brings years of experience to the courts, will be assisting. Camp allows for more individual time with the players who have a desire to take their game to the next level with advanced drills and personal instruction. If there are weather cancellations or your child signed up for a clinic and cannot attend, make up or alternative days will be scheduled. This camp will be very hands on with a lot of personalized attention, so no matter what level of player your child is, if they have a desire to improve this camp is for them!
  • Drop in fee per session
  • Weekly rate, two sessions in the same week .00
  • Full 5 week camp 0
  • * camp will be on Wednesday, 7/5 instead of Tuesday, July 4th
  • Private lessons are offered by Coach Brendan Mattingly,, 301.332.4159. Lessons are per hour.

Please check the main TEAMS page for the age group practice schedules. We look forward to seeing you all again soon and welcome your feedback and questions (and offers to volunteer!).

Becky Adye is the SHRA youth tennis rep, please contact her with questions at

To ensure you get all team notifications, click to register for the SHRA dlists here.

Be Part of the Team

All our tennis players are included and encouraged to attend all the team activities such as trips to theAll our tennis players are included and encouraged to attend all the team activities such as trips to the water parks, team social, etc. We can always use volunteers – to drive to the matches and cheer the kids on! SHRA junior tennis is both developmental and competitive. The kids will work on basic tennis skills during practices four days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays after school beginning Tuesday, June 1st and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for the regular season). Tennis matches against other recreational clubs occur on Wednesdays in the summer and the top seeds in each age group (12 & under, 14 & under, and 15-18) will compete. There will also occasionally be “exhibition matches” to give others a chance to play in the matches



Head Tennis Coach
Brendan Mattingly

Brendan is a USPTA certified coach. His teaching style emanates from a positive standpoint and builds upon what players are doing right rather than what they are doing wrong and gently guides proper mechanics by correcting improper techniques and stressing proper fundamentals.

In addition to his experience in teaching tennis, he has had years of experience playing, coaching and teaching numerous sports. He has coached in beginner to advanced leagues including the I-270 basketball league which is the main feeder to the local high schools.

His credentials include:
– USPTA Certified teaching professional
– USTA computer current ranking 4.5
– USTA past high ranking 5.0
– Assistant Tennis Professional Cumberland Country Club
– Participated in National JUCO (college) Championships, Waco TX.
– World Team Tennis National Champions, Singles and Doubles participant, Indian Wells CA
– AHC Champion (multiple times)
– FVC Champion (multiple times)

You can reach Brendan at

Asst Tennis Coach
Colin Mattingly

Colin lettered 4 years in basketball and tennis at Richard Montgomery High School.
He is also the #1 player RM for 3 years and produced wins over nationally ranked USTA players.

You can reach Colin at

Asst Tennis Coach
Caryn Krasner

Caryn Krasner started playing tennis when she was six years old. She took to the game and started playing junior tournaments in the MidAtlantic USTA section. Eventually she was one of the top ranked juniors in the section, then in the country, pairing with Pam Shriver to win many national junior doubles tournaments. She attended the University of Maryland and played #1 singles and doubles. After college she had a brief pro career. Ever since then she has been teaching and playing tennis in the DC area.

You can reach Caryn at

Asst Tennis Coach
John Conway

John made both the tennis & soccer teams in college and chose soccer, siding with the conference winners his first year and state champs the second. His career in tennis started in 1982 being booked as hitting partner for developing juniors and college players. This evolved into teaching weekend, holiday and summer clinics for all ages in Florida, California, DC, Puerto Rico and Brazil. He is a USPTA certified instructor and his images have been published in the USPTA ADDvantage magazine illustrating balanced strokes. He has been with the late Lionel Burt, initiator of Natural Tennis since 1993 which endorses balanced physical movement for a well rounded approach to the game. John is also a licensed massage therapist and has helped athletes to address potential problems and weak points.

You can reach John at


Check out some of our tennis players in action!



After school practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 9-18 year old age groups. Once we are into the regular summer schedule after school lets out, tennis will meet daily — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – Wednesdays are match days, so unless your player is scheduled for a match, they will not have tennis practice on WEDNESDAY.

Players should come prepared for the heat and ready to practice. Comfortable running or athletic shoes and lightweight, light-colored clothing are recommended. They will need a racquet appropriate for their size and they MUST bring a water bottle — coaches will break for water during the practices.

If you feel your child would benefit from some one-on-one attention, our coaches are available for private lessons. Just approach one of the coaches before or after practice and set up a mutually convenient time with him/her. You and the coach can negotiate a rate.

Youth Team Practice Schedule 2018
After School Practice: May 29-June 15
15-minute break
Swim: M-F
Dive: M-F
Tennis: T&TH
Morning Practice: June 18-July 27
15-minute break
Swim: M-F (no practice 7/4;)
Dive: M-F (no practice 7/4;)
Tennis: MTHF (no practice Wednesdays, 7/4;)



We are in a league called Northern Virginia Tennis League (NVTL), similar to NVSL for swimming. We have been placed in a division that is mostly geographic in basis. During practice, the coaches will rank the more proficient players who will eventually play in these matches. A “ladder” is formed, and players may challenge the next highest person on the ladder to try to move up in seeding.

For the matches, the top four players from each of three groups -12 & under, 14 & under, and 16 & under for both the boys and girls – will be chosen to participate in matches. The top two players will play singles 1st and 2nd seed, and the third and fourth seeded players will play doubles. Thus, twelve boys and twelve girls will play in matches each week.

Matches are Wednesday mornings from June 25th through the end of July. If your child is not in a match he/she will not have practice on Wednesdays. The coaching staff will TRY to let the kids and parents know via email Monday evening who is playing in that week’s match

Click here to see all the SHRA tennis events on the SHRA calendar.

The website has the master schedule of matches.

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Keep In Touch

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Wine and Cheese Social – Live Music by Alan MacEwen @ SHRA - Pavilion
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The countdown has begun…Memorial Weekend is almost here! And to celebrate, we will kick off the summer with our annual Adult Party on Friday, 6-9pm, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres along with live music by Alan MacEwen from the Grandsons.

The Grandsons

Come on out, meet some old and new friends, see how great SHRA looks and get ready for another great summer at SHRA!

The event is free for members, $20 for guests. click here to logon to your account. PLEASE NOTE: Members sign up to attend for free using the “Wine and Cheese” camp/class. If you want to invite a guest, select the Web Store > Social Events to pay for your guests! (sorry for the extra step!)

Swim Team – Afternoon Practices Begin
May 29 all-day
Swim – Practice: 13-18
May 29 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Dive – Practice: 13-18
May 29 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Swim – Practice: 9-12
May 29 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Dive – Practice: 9-12
May 29 @ 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Swim – Practice: 8 & Under
May 29 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
Dive – Practice: 8 & Under
May 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Swim – Practice: Minnows
May 29 @ 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Tennis Practice-AM @ SHRA Pool
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tennis Practice-AM @ SHRA Pool

Morning Schedule:

  • 08:00-09:00am – 9-12 yo
  • 09:00-10:00am – 8&Under
  • 10:30-12:00pm – 13-18 yo

See official schedule for more details.