have a ball

a roundup of nyc's best outdoor courts
March 22, 2012  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

we’ve having a major tennis moment, thanks to summerlike temps and our smashing new tennis collection. with racquet season in nyc almost in full swing (it officially kicks off on april 7th), we made this easy-to-use map of our favorite outdoor courts (yes, they exist!) along with a few how-to’s.

1.) riverside park has two sets of ten courts—we prefer the old-school clay ones at riverside drive and 96th street, but you can also opt for the hardcourts at riverside and 119th street.

2.) definitely one of the city’s best kept secrets, these twenty-four well-tended and chic courts are located in central park at 93rd street and west drive.

3.) located in the east river park around houston street, these twelve hardcourts are right on the water and under the williamsburg bridge.

4.) there are eight hardcourts in mccarren park on north 13th street between bedford and berry. they’re next to a big public school and a bit rundown, but they definitely have a high cool factor.

5.) you’ll find nine nicely-kept clay courts and two hardcourts in prospect park at parkside avenue near the parade ground.

to play at any of the city courts after april 7th, you’ll need to buy a pass. (until then, it’s hit or miss—but some courts may be open early, so go explore!) the parks department offers day passes for purchase online, but if you want to play in central park, you’ll need a season pass. (you can order one by mail or buy in person at the park). to reserve courts, either call ahead or buy them at the facility that day.

courts fill up fast, so we like to get there early (before 9). finally, it’s always smart to bring sunblock, water and a good book in case there’s a wait.

now you have no excuse not to dust off your racquet and rally. go play!

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