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In the city, scoring a court is usually the hardest part—either the wait is long or the price is steep.

Mason's Tennis, 56 E. 53rd [Park/Mad] 212.755.5805, sells racquets, clothing, and shoes. Voted the best tennis specialty shop by Tennis Industry magazine for more than two decades.

Same-day service from the experts at Grand Central Racquet, 341 Mad [44th] 212.292.8851 and in Grand Central [Track 38/Track 39] 212.856.9647.

Public Courts
The city maintains roughly 600 outdoor and indoor courts. The tennis seasons starts April 7th and runs through November 18th. Full-season permits used to be a fairly reasonable $100. This year, for adults 18-61, they're $200.

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. 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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