Sorry Renae-I haven't been on this site for awhile, I didn't see your response to mine till after I sent that message. I would feel a little weird taking your money. I guess it would really depend on what you really wanted to achieve. I do have a hopper of balls and if you wanted like a " real lesson" where we did drills and you wanted to work on certain things to improve to the next level then I would maybe charge. I work by Irving Park- they have lighted outdoor courts but can be tought sometimes to get on. The other alternative is if you wanted to pay for the court time at PTC, I think it is $12.00 for the outdoor court, I would hit with you. I think that is probably a good idea if you want to hit with a good player. I did have a ranking last year, and I was a 5.0 player. When I was teaching, I did produce sevearl ranked ladies players and Juniors back in PA. My neice went on to be number one in Philadelphia, and one of the top lady players in Mid Atlantic USTA section.
With that all said, I am very laid back and like to have fun and laugh! My glory days are over, I just enjoy being outside hitting the ball! Have you gone on Portlandtennisbookings.com? you can get involved in mixers, and cardio tennis, and stuff like that at Portland Tennnis Center and St Johns Racket Center. Are you a member of the USTA yet? Anyway, keep in touch- sorry if I droned on here!!
University has 4 tennis courts. We played from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, but the three courts were taken by people with more advanced skills and they played doubles all two hours. We had one court, and played as follows. Played doubles (no serving) with three people waiting their turn in line (queue) behind each court side (six people in line total). When somebody loses a point that person steps out of the game and one person from waiting queue steps in to play. So, with three people waiting the ratio is 1 playing out of 4 people, rotating all the time. Thus, it is 25% playing time, one fourth of total playing time allocated for each person. Out of 2 hours of being on the court, I played 30 minutes total. The other 1.5 hours was just waiting. This sucks big time. I did not even get warmed up. At Westview High school, we play 2 hours minimum and everybody plays all the time. I asked our leader about the schedule of courts, if courts have open/free time when people can play with friends. He said there was schedule hanging on the walls, but I could not find any schedules for tennis courts. I could not find any online, either. I wrote email to the staff about this. Another thing - when tennis uniforms were given out, only about 16 people got uniforms (were actually signed up). So, it could be that the first day was unusual - a lot of people showed up who were not signed up. I will see if next week there will be less people.
It looks like it is $10.00 fee guest pass, per visit. But I never played there yet. I will tell you more after my first day there, on Friday. (From May until December we played outdoors. I love outdoor tennis.) So, I will tell you in a few days about tennis at Portland State University.
Well, my previous comment was based on thinking only about myself. Then I thought what if you want to play and there is no match? Say, players are 4.0 or higher and they get bored very quickly with beginners like you and I. So, if you really want to play, there are indoor tennis courts, like this Portland Tennis Center portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=52167 It has to be reserved in advance, and fees are 1¼ hours (1 hr 15 min); $14/person for singles and $8/person for doubles (Portland resident fees). It looks like we are same level players. So, if you really want to play, let's reserve the court.
re: "i am pretty rusty": it will not matter because I only began to play tennis last May (2011) and now regulars and pros of meetup.com/tennisportland tell me I am close to 3.0 level. Also, I never played indoors. From what I heard, people play doubles indoors - that way the admission fee is low (about $8 to $10 per person). So, we need two more people. You are girl and it is easy for you to gather people - guys just want to play with girls in hope for "more than tennis". So, if you get two more people - we can book the indoor court
Renae - definitely available mornings/early afternoons- I'm my own boss so I can go play tennis whenever I want (ie when it's sunny and someone else wants to play!) let me know when you want to meet up!