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Nielsen Tennis Stadium

1000 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705

(608) 262-0410

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We serve up a variety of options for tennis pros and beginners alike.

Whether you’re looking to learn the basics or already an ace, our experienced instructors will work with you in group and individual settings. Try your hand at a class or meet your future tennis partner. If you just need some space to play, we’ve got that too.


Fall Hours

September 3 – January 1
Monday – Friday  6:15am – 10:30pm
 Saturday – Sunday  7:45am – 10:30pm

Adjusted Hours

Home Football Games (Closed at noon)
August 31
September 8
September 15
October 6
October 20
November 3
November 24
Labor Day Weekend
September 1 – September 3 CLOSED
November 22 CLOSED
Winter Break
December 24 – December 25 CLOSED
December 31 – January 1 CLOSED

Spring Hours

January 2 – March 31
Monday – Friday  6:15am – 10:30pm
 Saturday – Sunday  7:45am – 10:30pm
April 1 – May 12
Monday – Friday  6:15am – 9:15pm
 Saturday – Sunday  7:45am – 9:15pm

Adjusted Hours

Commencement Weekend
 May 11 – May 12 CLOSED

Fall Tournaments

 September 21-22 Badger Conference Girls Tournament
September 26-27 Big 8 Conference Girls Tournament
October 1 Waunakee Girls Sub-Sectional
October 4 Madison Memorial Girls Sectional
October 11-13 WIAA State Girls Individual Championships
October 13-14 Midwest Conference Tournament
October 19-20 WIAA State Girls Team Championships
October 20 – 21 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament
November 9-10 Badger Classic – Tennis Club Tournament


All Rec Sports Affiliate Members receive reduced court rates at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Affiliate Dependent Membership is open to anyone under 18 years of age who is a dependent of a Rec Sports Affiliate Member or current UW Student.

Affiliate Dependent Membership Options

12-month $50
8-month $38
4-month $20
1-month $6

*All rates above will be effective August 1, 2018.
Rec Sports Community Members can play tennis at the Guest rate.

Membership Details

  • Affiliate Dependent Memberships need to be purchased and renewed in person at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Parent/guardian (who is a Rec Sports Affiliate Member or UW Student) must be present for purchase and renewal of Affiliate Dependent Membership.
  • Proof of guardianship or residency must be provided at time of purchase and renewal of membership. This can include birth certificate or proof that child still resides with the parent/guardian.
  • The Affiliate Dependent Member’s parent/guardian must have a current Rec Sports Affiliate Membership (must be eligible as UW Faculty/Staff, UW Emeritus/Retired, UW Alumni, UW Hospital Staff, or Spouse/Domestic Partner of any of these) or current UW Student status.


Equipment Rental & Hourly Court Fees

*All rates below will be effective August 1, 2018.

  • Indoor Tennis
    Singles Doubles
    UW Students $6 $3
    Affiliate/Dependent Members $10 $5
    Guests $20 $10

    Discounted Courts

    Monday-Thursday from 10:30am-1:30pm (start times)

    Singles Doubles
    UW Students $4  $3
    Affiliate/Dependent Members  $6 $4
    Guests $11 $6
  • Outdoor Tennis

    Fees apply only to Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Cole Recreation Area courts do not require a fee or reservation.

    Singles Doubles
    UW Students $4 $2
    Affiliate/Dependent Members $5 $3
    Guests $10 $5
  • Squash
    UW Students $3
    Affiliate/Dependent Members $4
    Guests $8
  • Equipment Rental & Services
    Rates are per use for each rental below
    Tennis Ball Machine $12
    Demo Tennis racquets  $2 
    Demo Squash racquets  $2 
    Rental Tennis racquets  $1
    Rental Squash racquets $2
    Racquet restringing Cost varies. Click for details.


  • Reserving a court for indoor tennis, outdoor tennis, or squash
    • Call the Nielsen Tennis Stadium at (608) 262-0410 or visit the front desk
    • Reservations can be made starting at 7:45am each morning
    • Reservations will be honored in the order received
    • Each person must make his or her own reservation
  • Advanced reservations
    • UW-Madison students, faculty and staff, and their spouses/domestic partners may make a reservation THREE DAYS in advance (call Monday for Thursday)
    • Non-UW Madison students may make a reservation TWO DAYS in advance (high school students may reserve a court only when UW-Madison is not in session)
    • Community members may make a reservation ONE DAY in advance
    • High school students may make a reservation TWO HOURS in advance (while UW-Madison is in-session)
  • Cancellations
    • Players who are unable make a reservation must contact Nielsen Tennis Stadium two hours in advance of their reservation so the vacant court may be made available to other players
    • “No shows” and “late cancellations” will be billed the cost of the court
    • Players with “no shows” and “late cancellations” must pay the appropriate cancellation fee before making a reservation or playing again


Group lessons are designed for groups of 4 people ranging from beginners to advanced intermediate level players. Lessons are for one hour and 15 minutes and run for four weeks.


Introduce yourself to tennis and learn the basics of the game.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

  • Learn more

    Designed for:

    • Players with little to no tennis experience


    • None

    Class Components:

    • Groundstrokes
    • Volleys
    • Serves
    • Learn scoring
    • Court positioning

Advanced Beginner

Gain play experience and develop strokes.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

  • Learn more

    Designed for:

    • Players with some tennis background


    • Basic beginner strokes

    Class Components:

    • Advance and develop stroke
    • Focus on control and playing strategy


Expand upon your skills and take more control in your tennis game.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

  • Learn more

    Designed for:

    • Those looking to gain more consistency and control of shots


    • Comfortable with basic strokes
    • Knowledge of rules and scoring

    Class Components:

    • Learn specific shots for different situations
Tennis - Advanced Intermediate lessons

Advanced Intermediate

Refine weak points and continue to develop skills and strategy.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

  • Learn more

    Designed for:

    • Those who are frequent tennis players


    • Master of strokes
    • Can control depth and power

    Class Components:

    • Incorporate offensive action and reactions
Tennis - Private and Semi-Private lessons

Private & Semi Private Lessons

Meet with an certified instructor in groups of 1 – 4 people.

Private/Semi-Private Private 2 people 3 people 4 people
UW Students $40 $25 $20 $15
Affiliate/Dependent Members $60 $35 $25 $20
Guests $70 $40 $30 $25

To schedule a private or semi private lesson, please call the Nielsen Tennis Stadium directly at (608) 262-0410 or click the button below.

  • Learn more

    Designed for:

    • All levels of experience are welcome


    • None

    Class Components:

    • Personalized for each lesson


It’s more fun when you don’t have to play by yourself.

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