Local tennis instructor offering virtual lessons during pandemic

Posted at 6:18 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 23:44:00-04

The coronavirus pandemic won't stop tennis coach Leah Friedman from teaching the game she loves.

"I have always said in my career? No court, no problem. So even before we were all playing tennis in our homes? I always thought that tennis should be played at home," Net Generation National Manager, Leah Friedman, said.

"I'm not going to the beach...I have two beach chairs. A hockey stick. My swimming noodle because I haven't gone to the pool. So, you know, you're in Milwaukee. What can you use in your homes and garages? And I have to be honest. I love when I see kids showing their creativity," Leah Friedman said.

Every Friday at noon, Friedman will have live classes on

"If I have a beginner player at home? I like to start with traps. So by having my palm face the sky? I can work on a forehand. Which then goes into a forehand self rally. And then if I have a wall or a garage door? I can hit off a wall. So those 3 simple steps can get you playing tennis no matter what age," Friedman said.

Don't worry if you aren't a tennis pro. There are special tools like new tennis balls made by the United States Tennis Association to help with any ability level.

"Modified equipment. So the red ball moves 75 percent slower than the yellow ball. So the orange ball then moves 50 percent, and then the green ball moves 25 percent," Friedman said.

The goal is to get people excited about the game of tennis this summer.

"There's nothing better than for me and all my fellow coaches around the country when you see a child pick up a racket and ball for the first time? And smile when they make contact and being able to rally," Friedman said.

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