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Best Tennis Court
Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club
450 West 43rd Street
212-594-0554



Tennis in New York: Either thereís no backcourt, or the surface is out of 1993 Bosnia, or itís way overpriced. The right to play at Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club doesnít come cheapó$900 a year for an individual membership, and hourly rates that rival your shrinkís. But the backcourts are generous, the hardcourts pristine, and the towels are several plush cuts above the usual sandpaper they dole out at gyms. On the money-is-an-object side, the city has been upgrading its public courses and adding to its number. The new court in Riverside Park at 96th Street and the newly refurbished one at 119th Street (212-360-8133) are both in superb condition and havenít been discovered yet by the Central Park crowds. Season permits are $50 for adults, and reservations need to be made two weeks in advance during peak times.
 
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