leisure 03.4.19


Not exactly tennis weather, granted, but it'll be here soon.

Mason's Tennis, 56 E. 53rd [Park/Mad] 212.755.5805, sells racquets, clothing, and shoes and has been a longtime favorite for their service.

A full range of equipment, plus same-day service from the experts at NYC Racquet Sports, 157a W. 35th [Bway/7th] and Grand Central [Track 38/Track 39] 212.856.9647. They also offer a Racquet Courier Service, $8 each way, to service your gear.

Public Courts
The city maintains roughly 600 outdoor and indoor courts. The tennis season runs from the first Sunday of April through mid-November. Full-season permits are $100, $20 for seniors and $10 for under 18. Free instructions for kids 6-17 in three dozen parks around the city, courtesy of the CityParks Foundation.

Private Courts
Want to play tennis at Grand Central? Roosevelt Island? The TennisNYC league has a list of tennis clubs. Sportime Randall's Island has 20 courts. Sportime is also the home to the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, launched by John McEnroe, to introduces tennis "to thousands of undersourced New York City area kids, particularly those living in East Harlem and the South Bronx."

There's also the luxe CityView Racquet Club in LIC. In the Bronx you'll find New York's oldest, and one of its most appealing tennis clubs—The New York Tennis Club. If you're up for a drive, there's Yonkers Tennis. Gay and lesbian players have a club called Metro Tennis.

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