FAQs

FAQs
What are the Holiday hours?

WATA is closed each year on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

What kind of dress code is required?

Players are expected to wear shirts and appropriate non-marking shoes when on the courts.

WATA has a policy of “no scented products to be worn on the courts.” This policy is in place for those players who have allergies to these products.

What can I bring with me onto the courts?

Contact us to learn more…

What kinds of shoes are allowed on the court?

Players are expected to wear appropriate non-marking shoes when on the courts.

Who do I contact for any questions regarding tennis or pickleball?

For questions about tennis and pickleball, please fill out our contact form or contact Sally Moran at [email protected] or 507-474-6700.

What is the bad weather policy? How do I know if the center is closed?

Tennis activities may be suspended during severe weather. Please remember to let us know if you choose not to come for your scheduled court time due to the weather. If you are uncertain as to whether WATA is open, please call 507-474-6700. If no one answers it’s likely we are closed. If players cancel do to the weather we let our desk worker go home.

When do I have to renew my membership?

Membership rates are due on an annual basis.

How do I reserve court time?

All courts are available to members by reservation only and may be reserved by members up to 7 days in advance and, preferably, at least 24 hours in advance.

“Permanent” court time reservations will be honored for those individuals requesting such on a seasonal basis subject to court availability and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Permanent court time may be requested no earlier than September 15 of the current season. Once a member has secured a permanent court time, he/she (or his/her group) will be required to begin using the court no later than October 15. If at any time the member/group does not show up for the permanent reservation, the member/group will be given a warning. If “no shows” or cancellations of said permanent court time continue (and there is a “waiting list” for courts at that time), WATA reserves the right to reassign this court to another member/group.

How do I pay for court time?

WATA only accepts cash or checks (no cards) to be paid when you arrive to play.

Is there access to a ball machine?

Yes we have a ball machine.  You will need to reserve and pay for the court time to use it.

Do you sell tennis balls?

Yes

Do you have demo racquets?

No

Do you have teaching pros?

WATA has two teaching pros, Tom Sanvik and Monica Sanvik.  They are independent contractors and you can contact them directly for information or click on our program flyers.  Their contact information is found on the flyers or by their names under the Staff page.

If a nonmember would like to take lessons or drills with one of our pros, he/she will be required to pay an additional $10 guest fee (in addition to the lesson or drill fee).

WATA allows for a “member prospect” to try out a session of drills for the first time without paying guest fees; however, should the player wish to continue beyond the first session, he/she will be required to either join or begin paying the extra $10 per day/per drill guest fee.

Registration for lessons, drills or programs is handled by the pros who are running the session.

What are your hours?

Please check our hours of operation on the Home page or you can find the hours at the bottom of our website.

Are there locker rooms we can use?

No. We lease our tennis court area from Cotter schools and they do not allow us access to their locker rooms.

Do you host any tournaments?

Yes, our SMU coach hosts an annual tournament the first weekend in December each year.

Are there any tennis leagues?

Registration for all leagues is handled at the front desk. A player taking part in our leagues must be a WATA member. Please click on our program pages to learn more,

Do you rent out your facility?

Yes. Winona Area Tennis Center is a wonderful facility that is ideal for college and high school teams to rent for practices, matches, or tournaments. We have six courts with a viewing area above each court.

To check rates or availability, please contact Sally Moran at 507-474-6700.

How much does it cost to play pickleball?

$6 per person, payable by cash or check upon arrival.

What times are available to play pickleball?

We have the following times available:

View our Times To Play page for a full list of hours.

I’m new to pickleball and want to come play. Will there be a paddle provided? Balls provided?

We have paddles available for you to rent for $1. Return paddle at the end of the session. Balls are provided for free but need to returned at end of session.

How do you play pickleball?

Check out our page on how to play! In addition, times listed are called “open, drop-in play” which means you will show up and rotate in on new games. You will get to play with a variety of people and get to know many new friends!

Is there an instructor available to teach me how to play pickleball?

We will provide free “learn how to play pickleball” sessions several times each year. For personal instruction, please contact Sally Moran at 507-474-6700 or [email protected] to provide the times you would be interested in learning how to play. We have a couple of instructors available for a small fee and will coordinate a time to meet with you.

What kind of ball is used?

You are welcome to bring your own balls to use for play. Otherwise, you can ask for a ball at the tennis desk. You will be provided with a yellow Onix Fuse outdoor ball that needs to be returned at the end of the session.

Is there competitive play available?

Yes! We have advanced play times, Round Robins and host the River Valley Paddle Battle several times a year.

Can I reserve a pickleball court?

Yes! Please contact Sally Moran at [email protected] or 507-474-6700 at least 24 hours in advance and no more than 7 days in advance.