We’re not your typical tennis center. We’re dedicated to making tennis more accessible to everyone in our community, particularly youth from under-resourced communities.

When Twin Cities businessman Fred Wells signed up for tennis lessons at the age of 65, he realized that the tennis court could be the site of powerful lessons like sportsmanship, perseverance and hard work. 

Fred conceived a powerful vision: to offer tennis and life skill development opportunities to inspire youth from under-resourced communities to be successful on and off the court. Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center opened in 2002, realizing Wells' dream of affordable courts, accessible junior and adult tennis programs and innovative youth outreach programs all packed into one top-notch St. Paul tennis facility.

 

At The Fort, we want to realize Fred Wells' dream of affordable courts, accessible junior and adult tennis programs and innovative youth outreach programs all packed into one top-notch St. Paul tennis facility.

 

Since our doors opened in 2002, we've tried to increase and refine our offerings every year. On our 10th anniversary, we were rewarded for Well’s visionary thinking and our hard work with several prestigious awards: 2011 USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Chapter of the YearUSTA Member Organization of the Year and PTR Facility of the Year. And in 2013, Tennis Magazine honored our groundbreaking programs by featuring us in its "Heroes Issue." 

Our Programs

We've got tennis classesteams, summer camp and more for junior players of all ages and abilities at our premier St. Paul tennis center. 

There are many ways for adults to play at The Fort, including tennis drills, in-house leagues, city-wide leagues and open courts.  

 

TennisWorks is the initiative at the heart of our mission, pairing Twin Cities youth with tennis instruction, life-skills education and academic support.