Check out our new "Little Tennis Lending Library" in Maywood! Scout James Panton designed and built this tennis cabinet for SRC as his Eagle Scout Project. He also solicited donations to fill the cabinet with racquets and gear-- and even re-gripped the racquets! Located at the Walther Lutheran Academy, these...
Bill Wham Memorial Scholarship
Bill Wham Memorial Scholarship To say Bill Wham’s name – or as many affectionately called him, “Whammer” – in the Chicagoland tennis community is to invoke a legend. Bill had a remarkable tennis career, which included team captain of the undefeated Evanston Township High School 1961 IHSA Champions ( ETHS...
“Own the Arena” by Katrina Adams
Katrina Adams was born and raised in Chicago and competed on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 12 years. In addition to many other accomplishments, Katrina Adams was the first black woman and youngest person ever to hold the position of President and CEO of the United States Tennis...
Tennis & Covid 19 Restrictions
The past year has been quite challenging as a result of the spread of the coronavirus. We all love tennis and dearly miss our time on the court. So, when can we play? Whether we are allowed to play tennis is based upon the virus' spread and the city and/or...
New year, new address!!
We are delighted to announce that we have relocated to Midtown Athletic Club Chicago. Our mailing address is now: Serve & Return Chicago c/o Midtown Athletic Club 2444 North Elston Chicago, IL 60647 Thank you to Midtown Athletic Club for your continued support of our organization!
New Hall of Fame Inductee – Rod Schroeder
Rod Schroeder, or “SchroDaddy” as he is known to his many friends, has over 47 years of teaching experience and is recognized as one of the best coaches in the Midwest. He has coached over 10,000 junior players throughout his career after playing collegiate tennis at University of Illinois. For...
2020 Annual Benefit
Serve & Return Chicago held its annual benefit on March 7, 2020 at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago. Roger Federer was not there in person but everyone had a really great time. Click here to read about the event and view photos.
Congratulations 2019 Award Winners!!!
Serve & Return Chicago Congratulates 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee Rod Schroeder and 2019 Award Winners Timmons Family Award for Organization of the Year The Ace Project Volunteer of the Year Mike Carrico (GLASA) The Chicago Tennis Patrons is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Proceeds from the Annual...
2019 Evening of Champions & Event Photos
The Chicago Tennis Patrons held its 30th Annual Evening of Champions banquet, fundraiser, and Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, March 2, at the XS Tennis Village, Chicago. A special THANK YOU to our sponsors: Platinum Good Heart Work Smart Foundation Gold Midtown Athletic Clubs USTA Midwest Section Silver...
Welcome to our New Executive Director
The Chicago Tennis Patrons (CTP) are pleased to announce and introduce our new Executive Director, Maggie Kelly. Maggie comes to the CTP with many years of experience working in management positions with nonprofit organizations. Her professional and volunteer background includes leadership roles in fundraising, grant writing and marketing. Maggie holds a...
2024 Bill Wham Memorial Scholarship
Serve & Return Chicago is thrilled to offer the Bill Wham Scholarship for 2024. This award is an annual award bestowed on high school seniors…
Be a Champion for Kids in 2023!
As you begin your year-end giving, we thank you for considering Serve & Return Chicago! Your generosity will impact the lives of over 3,000 children…
Have used equipment you want to donate? Click Here for drop off details.
Serve and Return Chicago
2444 North Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
The mission of Serve and Return Chicago is to positively impact the lives of children in Chicagoland’s under-served communities through the game of tennis. We believe tennis is an inclusive, life-long source of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The funds we raise support outstanding youth programs that provide equipment, education, instruction and fun competition in safe environments.