Riverside Park Tennis Courts
Newly refurbished and nestled along the Hudson River, Riverside's
courts provide a picturesque spot to practice your backhand. The
ten clay courts are open from April through November. No permit
needed for lessons.
Private Lessons: $48/hour, $27/half-hour
Semi-private (2 people): $50/hour
Riverside Drive at 96th St.
at Fifth Avenue
gives Crosstown an advantage over other indoor tennis clubs. All
four courts have backcourts of championship proportions -- so you
won't find yourself slamming into the bubble trying to return a
Private Lessons: $85/hour
Semi-private (2 people): $90/hour
Group Lessons: Four, one-hour weekly sessions (weekends only),
14 West 31st St.
Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club
A "2001 Best of New
Manhattan Plaza is packed with amenities, including a sauna and
a posh viewing lounge. To use the sauna, you'll need to join the
club, but to take lessons with one of its pros, you can avoid coughing
up the $900 membership fee.
Private Lessons: With a former touring pro $70/hour (plus
$30 court fee); other instructors, $35/hour (plus court fee)
Tennis Clinics: Hour-and-a-half group sessions, $35
Group Lessons: Four weekly sessions, $180
West 43rd St.
it opened its doors in 1966, Midtown was the first indoor public
facility in the city and offered Forest Hills contenders such as
Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe a place to practice. Today the
club boasts eight indoor/outdoor courts and several options for
Private Lessons: Peak hours, $95/hour;
off-peak hours, $79/hour and $50/half-hour
Tennis College: Four one-hour lessons, beginner to advanced,
Adult Tennis Camp: Four two-hour clinics, intermediate to
Stroke of the Week: One hour of drills and exercises focusing
on a particular stroke, $15
341 Eighth Avenue at 27th St.
Roosevelt Island Racquet Club
right next to the tram, Roosevelt has eleven full-size courts and
a great view of Manhattan. All club facilities, including an exercise
room and a mid-court lounge, are available to non-members at no
Private Lessons: Peak hours, $111/hour; off-peak, $88/hour
Group Lessons: Four, weekly hour-and-a-half sessions, $202
in peak hours, $172 off-peak
Drop-In Instruction & Play: One hour of drills and one
hour of play, $44 for one session, $385 for a twelve-session package
281 Main St., Roosevelt Island
Check out New
York City's Department of Parks and Recreation
for a list of public courts.