At times, Dave Dilettuso has to stop himself when describing the features of Oxford Athletic Club and what it has to offer to tennis players and families in the Wexford, Pa. area.
After all, with 11 tennis courts, a pro shop, restaurant and state-of-the-art fitness center, he has plenty of talking points.
“We’re a multipurpose facility, with tennis being a significant portion of that,” said Dilettuso, the club’s Head Tennis Professional. “We take it seriously, and that’s one reason why we’ve had so much success.”
The tennis programming at Oxford graces nearly every level of programming imaginable. With eight full-time tennis professionals on staff, the club runs eight tournaments per year and has more than 20 teams that participate in both USTA and other local leagues, with players ranging from 3.0 to 5.0 ratings in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and more.
Along with the standout adult programming, Oxford features a junior program boasting more than 200 kids in camps, clinics, private and group lessons, and more on its seven indoor courts and four hard-tru outdoor courts.
On June 4, Middle States will host a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop at Oxford, helping to prepare local coaches and instructors to give players the best tennis experience possible.
Dilettuso explains the available programming in simple terms.
“If you breathe, and you’re age 4 or older, we can teach you to play tennis,” he said.
Offering such a variety of opportunity for its members comes with a few challenges, including a detailed and difficult schedule. The balance of leagues, lessons and group clinics, which sometimes are going on all at the same time, requires intense planning, especially with the teaching pros. To combat this problem Dilettuso said the club has a great software program that organizes the courts and the many players out there.
“We sit down and look at the pro situation and what we need court-wise, and we go after it until we get it right,” he said. “Once we spend the time on it, it goes very well.”
The effort is worth it, as the USTA League teams and other USTA programming, along with various local activities, continue to drive players through the doors at Oxford. And once the players are through those doors, the member-experience is top-notch.
“First, we look at the quality of the lessons we have here,” he said. “Our pros are of the highest quality, and what really stands out is the attention to detail our pros give to each person they work with. The second thing is the facility itself, being unmatched for size and cleanliness, putting money back into it, and keeping up technologically. Third, the members realize they get the complete, entire tennis experience here. There is nothing we can’t offer them. ”
“And overall, I’ve been involved with tennis for 42 years, and this is the best staff I’ve ever had,” he added. “There is no question about that.”