Coach Blake

  • Swansea, Illinois
  • Over 5 Years Experience
  • Indoor: Yes
  • Outdoor: Yes
  • Seasonal: No


  • Private Tennis Lessons: $50 HR
  • Semi-Private Tennis Lessons: $30 HR
  • Group Tennis Lessons: $20 HR
  • Hitting Only Sessions: $50 HR
  • Teaches All Ages & All Skill Levels!

About Blake

Hello my name is Blake and I am a local Swansea tennis coach who also serves the East St. Louis area as well! I come from 12 years of competitive playing (high school and D1 college) and over 5 years of teaching. In June 2021, I finally got the guts to quit my lucrative sales career to pursue my true passion and started teaching tennis again.

I get great gratification out of helping my students at all levels reach their goals. People always tell me I should have been at teacher and now I get to teach my students the skills and love for tennis just like I have had since a young age. I specialize in coaching high schoolers who are looking to move up in their teams line-up or have aspirations to play college tennis. Part of what helped me become the instructor and coach that I am today was taking lessons from Johnny Connors (yes, the pro Jimmy’s brother). He is from my home town & he really elevated my game to become a top player at my Illinois high school.

I also took a huge liking to adult beginners. I have been leading my club’s adult beginner class for the past three months and truly enjoy teaching the game to newcomers who just may be looking for a new hobby, social club/event, desire to play in a league-you name it! My most recent success story is from September of 2021-two of my new tennis students (who have only been playing tennis for the past five months) are joining a 2.5 Women’s USTA League for the first time!

I am offering fun private tennis lessons, semi-private tennis lessons, group tennis lessons and hitting only sessions for all ages (kids, teens, adults, seniors) and for all skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). So whether you need to work on some specifics like your forehand, backhand, volley, serve, service return, overhead, drop shot, approach shot, footwork, singles strategy or doubles strategy-I would be more than happy to help you out with your tennis game!

I teach both indoor and outdoor tennis lessons in the Swansea, Belleville, East St. Louis and O’Fallon area (St. Clair Tennis Club indoors on rainy days and during the winter & outdoors at Belleville East Township High School, Long Acre Park, Wolfbranch School, O’Fallon and Shiloh public parks, Belleville West Township High School and Althoff High School) but I will also travel up to 15 miles.

Please contact me through my coach page and then I will contact you back within 24 hours to introduce myself, answer any questions and if you are interested, we’ll set-up your first tennis lesson or hitting session at a time and place that is convenient for you. I look forward to hearing from you and I look forward to the opportunity to be your Swansea tennis coach. See you on the court!

Private Tennis Lessons (1 Player): $50 Per Hour
Semi-Private Tennis Lessons (2 Players): $30 Per Hour Each
Group Tennis Lessons (3+Players): $20 Per Hour Each
Hitting Only Sessions (1 Player): $50 Per Hour
Teaches All Ages & All Skill Levels!
*Indoor Rates Are More-Please Contact Me!

*Please note that if you are interested in semi-private tennis lessons (2 players) or group tennis lessons (3+ players), you will first need to find a friend(s) to take tennis lessons with you before contacting me.

  • Local Swansea Tennis Coach
  • Serving The East St. Louis Area As Well
  • PTR Certified Tennis Professional (In Process)
  • Over 15 Years Playing Experience
  • Over 5 Years Teaching Experience
  • Competitive High School & D1 College Player
  • Current St. Clair Tennis Club Coach
  • Teaches All Ages & All Skill Levels

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