Racquet Sports

No matter your level of ability, the GPYC Paddle and Racquet Sports programs have something for everyone. With four state of the art clay tennis courts, four fabulous pickleball courts, and two heated paddle (platform) tennis courts, the action can be compellingly competitive or relaxingly recreational. For more information and to register, contact Tennis Pro Dmitri Diakonov, one of 47 PTR Masters of Performance tennis coaches worldwide. Many of our members keep in touch through text and email chains. If you are interested in joining these communications, send your information via email to the Chair of Paddle and Racquet Sports, Bruce Knapp at knapp@doeren.com. Let him know which sport interests you, your level of ability, and what it is you are looking for (open play, lessons, finding people of your ability, and so forth) and he will connect you. Please contact the Front Desk at (313)  884-2500 or frontdesk@gpyc.org for more information on court booking registration.


The fastest growing sport in these parts, pickleball is played daily weather permitting. The season tends to start in March and stretches into November. Our members started playing in the last four years and some have gone on to compete in national competitions at various levels. Our pickleball pro Dmitri can arrange lessons for beginners through the most advanced levels of play. Throughout the season there will be occasional tournaments of varying formats (member/member, individual entries, and member/guest), typically on weekends. Skill level will be assessed by Dmitri. 3.0 and above is intermediate and advanced. For drop in play, a rotation is used to get everyone in on the action. Especially for morning play it is good to check with the pickle community to see if there are people playing on particular days. The schedule for Spring/Summer months, while subject to change, is:

Monday: 9-11 a.m. - drop-in play all levels welcome; 5-8 p.m. - drop-in play for 3.5 and above 
Tuesday: 9-11 a.m. - drop-in play all levels welcome; 6-8 p.m. - 3.5 and above Men's Night
Wednesday: 9-11 a.m. - drop-in play all levels welcome; 6-8 p.m. drop-in play all levels welcome
Thursday: 9-11 a.m. - drop-in play all levels welcome; 5-8 p.m. - drop-in play for 3.5 and above
Saturday: 9-11 a.m. - drop-in play all levels welcome
If you are unsure of your level, please reach out to a GPYC professional before attending a designated group.


Our Tennis Pro Dmitri runs clinics for different levels of ability, is available for lessons, and runs an active program at the Club. Contact Dmitri at tennispro@gpyc.org for a schedule of activities.  


Paddle (Platform) Tennis

Played on a raised and heated surface (so ice won’t form) surrounded by chickenwire, Paddle Tennis, also known as Platform Tennis, is a great way to get outdoors in the winter.  While year round play is available, the main season is November through March. There is a warming hut available for socialization before, during, or after play and the combination to the locked door is available to members. There is no schedule for play so find some friends and come out to play. Paddles are available to borrow at the gate house to the Club. If interested in playing, contact the Chair of Paddle and Racquet Sports, Brian Marshall at brimar69@comcast.net, letting him know of your skill level and what it is you are looking for.

Please click here for the Rules & Regulations for GPYC Racuet Sports.

If you are interested in a tennis lesson or reserving a court, contact Dmitri Diakonov at tennispro@gpyc.org.


Dmitri Diakonov


Tennis Pro