The weather is wonderful, meaning that it’s time for tennis. Get your racquets ready because we’ve got the haute 5 places where you should be swinging this spring and summer.
NYC West Side Tennis Club
Elbow rub with generations of Manhattan’s social elite at West Side Tennis Club, founded in 1892 and home to 825 members. The facility offers 38 courts of every surface, grass, har-ru, red clay and deco-turf. If the $5,000 initiation fee and $1,348 annual dues are too much of a commitment, nonmembers may enjoy the courts in the winter at $30–$75 per hour court fee. Enjoy the luxurious comforts of 14 acres of land and Tudor-style club house, including an indoor bar, dining room, and outdoor patio bar, just 20 minutes from the city.
West Side Tennis Club is located at 1 Tennis Pl at Burns St., Forest Hills, Queens 718-268-2300
Central Park Tennis Center
Visit this outdoor tennis haven from 6:30 a.m. to dusk and swing your racket alongside celebrity clients like Liev Schrieber, Bono, Tracey Ullman, and Taye Diggs. With 30 outdoor courts, 26 clay, and four asphalt, the offerings are grand for a marvelous day in the park. Prices are one hour $325 (six-week program) or two hours at $650 (six-week program).
Central Park Tennis Center is located at West 96th St. at Central Park Dr. 212.316.0800
Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club
Pop your polo collar for some old-school charm with members Robert De Niro and Ed Burns at Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club. Past celebrity players include Mick Jagger, Elton John, and Andy Rooney. After rocking one of five hard courts on the rooftop, enjoy the sauna and sundeck or the rooftop pool at the Manhattan Plaza Health Club’s rooftop pool. Fees are $90 an hour, limited schedule, and same-day reservations.
Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club is located at 450 West 43rd St. between Ninth and Tenth Aves 212.594.0554
City View Racquet Club
This private, members-only 80,000-square-foot facility includes luxurious amenities like a bar, spa services, and fitness facility. The best part are that all are on the penthouse of the iconic Swingline Stapler building. Enjoy cocktails and an outdoor deck with breathtaking views of Manhattan after your game. Vanessa Williams, Katie Couric, and Gavin Rossdale frequent the hotspot.
The City View Racquet Club, endorsed by legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, offers seven Har-Tru indoor tennis courts, year round temperature control, and top-ranked teaching professionals. The Real Housewives of New York City, MTV’s The City, and Live with Regis and Kelly have filmed here.
City View Racquet Club is located at 43-34 32nd Pl. between Queens Blvd. and Skillman Ave., Penthouse, Long Island City, Queens 718.389.6252
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
The world’s largest public tennis facility and official venue of the US Open, which commences every August and ends in September at the main court. There are 46 courts, 34 indoor and 12 outdoor. Three stadium courts are reserved for the pros and all others are available to the public from $20 – $62 per hour.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is located at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens 718.760.6200