Welcome to New York City Tennis, the most active tennis Meetup group in NYC and the second largest one in the whole country. We welcome everyone, regardless of skill level -- if you love the sport, you're in the right place, and whether you want to play sets or just hit around and have fun or work on your game, you'll find plenty of friendly people interested in the same thing. So come join us to play tennis, make new friends, get some fresh air and exercise, and generally just have an awesome time!
All you need to bring is your racquet and whatever you'd like to eat or drink other than fountain water; we provide fresh tennis balls, player matching and sometimes even a little coaching. Please do be aware, though, that whenever the courts are crowded (which is most of the time), we stick to playing doubles in order to make sure everyone gets as much court time as possible. There are opportunities for singles, though, generally either early in the morning or later in the afternoon, or in the summer, often in the middle of the day. And occasionally, when we aren't able to get enough courts, we have to take turns rotating on and off. Usually, though, it's all tennis and all fun all the time!
WHY PLAY HERE?
Well, first of all it is a nice serene location (i.e. no basketball courts, grandstands, or any other type of distraction). Secondly, consider the cost options to play else elsewhere in-and-around the city...
1) unless you have endless tennis competitors on your roll-a-dex, you'll need a web-based database/system to find people. Most of these tennis databases/systems charge in different ways. Fact, Meetup charges me a premium every month because of the member pool size and this has to be prepaid just to keep the group alive.
2) if you play elsewhere, you will need a permit which will currently cost you $15 for a single day (or $200 for a yearly). To be more specific, these two options really only entitle you to one hour of singles play (vs. 2 hours here), meaning your partner will also need a permit.
3) new balls are provided at the beginning of each day. Typical extra-duty balls run about $3 per can off-the-shelf, so if you are an avid player...you'll save time and money running around picking-up tennis balls.
4) if someone were to break a string, or you just want to try a different racquet for an evaluation (i.e. lighter weight, bigger head, tighter strings, etc), racquets are available at no addition cost.
5) seasonally "clean" courts. Throughout the year tennis courts pile up with blowing leaves, pollen, acorns, etc. I get here early every session to ensure the courts are clean. I do this with a battery-powered blower and if any body knows anything about batteries...its that they don't last! Each time I have to replace one (which only does one court), it cost me nearly $100 for each.
6) portions of fee here actually go repairing the courts and/or nets. Case-and-point the cement required to fill cracks which was recently done by myself.
7) there are port-a-potty's and 2 drinking fountains available for all to use
8) no dress code required like some places...but proper edict is appreciated
9) based on the talent that signup, I may ask people to move around to establish a competitive session for all those involved
Hopefully this addresses all those questions like: is it free or why does it cost.
Note: one no-show drops you from the site. A necessary policy out of respect for those who committed and showed up.
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