Where to Play Tennis in NYC

Randall's Island

If watching Rafael Nadal defend his way to his fifth French Open title motivated you to break out those underused rackets, then have a stretch, grab your equipment, and hit the courts. In addition to the eight bustling courts in Manhattan, there are several fine tennis spots throughout the other boroughs of NYC, all easily accessible and affordable—with only a few NYC Department of Parks & Recreation rules to follow. Here’s our list of top places to play tennis in NYC.

Randall’s Island

Sportime at Randall’s Island | Randall’s Island Park | 212.427.6150
The Sportime tennis facility on Randall’s Island, where Mark McEnroe is the general manager, is a tennis player’s dream come true, with 160,000 square feet of tennis courts, including five indoor hard courts and 10 indoor clay courts. The center is the largest tennis facility in NYC, and offers a variety of tennis programs, from adult and junior instructional to competitive to recreational lessons. Take the M35 bus at 125th Street, and call 212.427.6150 for shuttle pickup, $10.

Brooklyn

Prospect Park Tennis Center | Prospect Park | Parkside Avenue at the Parade Ground | 718.436.2500
With the most to offer out of any of the borough’s other public tennis locations, the Prospect Park Tennis Center boasts nine clay courts, two har-tru courts, lessons, leagues, and indoor tennis, starting at $34/hour. Visit the Prospect Park Alliance tennis page for more information.

Fort Greene Park | Dekalb and South Portland Avenues | 718.722.3218
This small and historic Fort Greene Park houses six outdoor courts. A great location to make a day of your tennis work out, cool down with a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood (perhaps a detour to the Brooklyn Flea) and an iced coffee at any one of the cute cafés on Dekalb Avenue

Bronx

Orchard Beach | Orchard Beach Road | 718.885.3442
Orchard Beach, a pleasant sandy beach a quick subway and bus ride out of Manhattan, has four courts that open in early April. A full-season permit is $200, a single-play ticket is $15.

General Information
New York City’s public tennis courts require a permit to play. Considering the nice long length of the tennis season (weather permitting, the season begins in early April and extends through mid November) and the convenience that accompanies access to countless courts in all five boroughs, the seasonal rate of $200 for an adult permit starts to sound like a decent deal. For single play, permits allow for one hour of tennis each day, in any borough. First time permits can be purchased in person or by mail. For more information, visit the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation online.

Keep in mind, that for those who crave the clay only once in a while during the season, the Parks Department offers Single Play passes valid for $15 per ticket.

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  • There’s a vast amount of info on the blog you have started. Thanks.

  • Henry

    Clearly noone has told the NYC government that it’s illegal by law to charge people to use PUBLIC property.

    If they’re going to close all of the public tennis courts with illegal “documents” and stop anyone from playing on a court that’s paid for by taxpayer money to be FREE for everyone to use, that sounds like a corrupt side of the government that needs to be adjusted.

  • neu

    So unfair. Charging 200 bucks for a season pass, and if you want to play with friends, that’s an extra 200 bucks PER friend. or 15 bucks for one hour, PER person. My friends and I can’t afford this but we love tennis and would love to be able to play it casually, and perhaps someday even more seriously.

    I really don’t appreciate that tennis in nyc is now a sport that only people with means can partake in. Since when is going to the park to play with your friends MORE expensive than going to a movie?

  • I agree that charging people to play tennis at public park courts is wrong. Think of the poor kids that can’t afford it. Here is a map of tennis courts in the New York area, perhaps it can help someone find a good place to play.

    http://www.tennismaps.com/index.asp?regionid=146

  • Paul

    HI,

    here there is a huge list of tennis places in new york.

    Many courts are public, but unfortunately not free as you need a pass.
    http://www.tennistonic.com/pg/tennis/city/New%20York/?id=12125

  • Robert
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