About Us

Established in 1961, North Shore Racquet Club (NSRC) is the oldest and longest running indoor tennis facility in the Midwest. Over the years, NSRC, including Jerry Karzen Tennis and John Karzen Basketball, has evolved into one of the premier facilities in the North Shore area* offering championship tennis teams, adult and junior tennis development programs, junior basketball programs, fitness and a variety programs for tots (ages 4-7). The "Karzen Way" is to provide an enthusiastic, positive environment in which all students can learn and improve and have fun as they do it!

Jerry Karzen, Club Owner and Tennis Director, started playing in tennis tournaments when he was 11 years old. He attended New Trier High School and continued on to the University of Michigan on a tennis scholarship. After graduation he joined the professional tennis tour for three and a half years with professional competitions at the highest level. After being an All-American in college, he played in Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open--part of the grand slam of the tennis circuit. Today Jerry still competes and wins in national tournaments with son, Brett and daughter, Becky.

John Karzen, Owner of JKBB and Basketball Director, also attended New Trier High School with an impressive tennis history. John continued to play and teach tennis at NSRC, however his favorite sport was basketball. In 1999, John ran a small basketball summer camp program with 20 campers per day. Today he has grown that one small camp into JKBB Basketball at NSRC which is a year round, co-ed junior basketball program with over 300 students. JKBB offers over 12 independent classes, 2 In-House Leagues and 2 Boys Travel Teams and a special Girl's Only League. JKBB Basketball is recognized by the feeder programs for the North Shore Area* high schools as a high quality, junior basketball development program.

Tennis & Family - The Karzen Way

The Karzen Way is to provide an enthusiastic, positive environment in which our students can learn and improve and have fun as they do it.

A few on court family accomplishments that we are proud of include:

  • Brett and Jerry winning 26 National Father/Son Championships and being ranked #1 in the nation the last 10 years - 2005-2014.
  • Becky and Jerry winning 11 National Father/Daughter Championships and being ranked #1 in the nation 9 out of the last 11 years - 2003-2013.
  • Becky and Jerry became the first Father/Daughter team to achieve a Career Grand Slam by winning all four of the National Father/Daughter titles.
  • Brett and Jerry winning the National Father/Son Senior "Golden" Slam - Winning all four National Championships in the same year.
  • Dick Karzen and Jerry winning four National Father/Son Championships from 1977-1982.
  • Brother John winning the National Amateur Men's Doubles in 1990 and being three-time Illinois State Doubles Champion.
  • Sister Jan being one of the first members of the University of Michigan's Women's Team and playing #2 Singles from 1975-1977.
  • Sister Kathy playing #1 for the University of Michigan Women's Team from 1976-1980 and being named All Big 10.

What a joy it has been to be able to combine family and tennis! Whether it has been competing with my dad, son Brett or daughters Becky, Brooke and Bridget in National Father/Son or Father/Daughter Tournaments - to running North Shore Racquet Club with mother, Evelyn, brother John and sister Jan - it's been a love not a labor!

Looking forward to our family getting to know yours!

Jerry Morse-Karzen

North Shore area, applies to the following suburbs: Bannockburn, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Highland Park, Highwood, Hubbard Woods, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Riverwoods, Rosemont, Skokie, Techny, Vernon Hills, Wilmette, and Winnetka.