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Owen0501
11-16-2006, 12:16 PM
Hey ya'll, I've just booked my flights and Intercontinental hotel, so can anyone recommend any indoor or outdoor courts in Manhattan? Hotel is on 48th Street. Also, any good tennis stores in the Big Apple?

heycal
11-19-2006, 12:36 AM
Go play at the US Open facility in Queens. It's not in Manhattan, but worth a trip out there for a true tennis fan. If it's not too cold for ya, you can rent one of the nice show courts outside and play until midnight under the lights.

boxingguy
11-19-2006, 01:11 AM
social doubles Friday nights at Midtown Tennis Club http://www.midtowntennis.com/adults.html

or at Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club
http://www.manhattanplazatennis.com/page4.html

Owen0501
11-20-2006, 02:27 PM
Thanks guys - this is a real help!

heycal
11-20-2006, 03:59 PM
Couple of good stores too. A sports store at 18th and Broadway has a decent tennis section, and there's supposedly a legendary tennis store called Mason's on E 53 between Park and Madison that's supposed to be interesting, but never been there.

Phil
11-20-2006, 11:08 PM
Couple of good stores too. A sports store at 18th and Broadway has a decent tennis section, and there's supposedly a legendary tennis store called Mason's on E 53 between Park and Madison that's supposed to be interesting, but never been there.

I've been to Mason's and unless I missed something, it didn't impress me in any way as being "legendary". I do think it's been around a long time (at another location before the current one), so maybe that is what you mean by legendary..."established".




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Owen0501
11-21-2006, 12:11 PM
Legendary or not I'll give it a try - if the goods are up to date and at half the price they are over here they can have my cash! When do the sales start?

Phil
11-21-2006, 06:48 PM
Legendary or not I'll give it a try - if the goods are up to date and at half the price they are over here they can have my cash! When do the sales start?

Sales at Mason's? Good luck there, my British friend. I doubt they've ever had one, and the selection is pretty thin. Go to the other store HeyCal mentioned, on 18th & Broadway. Its name begins with a "P". Or, if you care about saving money, buy online. Tennis Warehouse actually works for me.

heycal
11-22-2006, 12:22 AM
Since I had never been to Mason's myself, I purposely took precautions and prefaced the word legendary with "supposedly".

I'd never been until tonight, that is. After playing 2 hours of tennis in the cold night air under the lights on show court number 7 with seating for a thousand at the US Open facility like you should do my British bloke, I stopped by Mason's to check it out with my partner. The fact that it was closed deterred us not at all, and I felt I could get could a sense of the place just by looking in their large storefront windows.

My verdict? Unless there is some back room or upstairs I'm not aware of, the place on 18th and Broadway has a better and larger collection of tennis accoutrements. That being said, the fact that Mason's is solely a tennis shop and certainly has more tennis stuff than your average sporting goods store makes it worthwhile to visit if you're a tennis nut and already somewhere near that neighborhood, as I believe you will be since your hotel appears to be just five blocks south.

Owen0501
11-22-2006, 04:34 AM
Again - thanks both. I'll pop into both and see what they have to offer. I also use Tennis Warehouse, but mainly for buying overgrips in bulk. They're pretty quick on delivery - never had to wait more than a couple of days even though delivery states up to 3 weeks.

Mike - I'm definitely going over to Queens (I have family over there to visit). Can I book a court in advance and how do I do this?

Cheers!

heycal
11-22-2006, 09:48 AM
I don't know who the heck "Mike" is, but you can call the National Tennis Center in Queens at 718-760-6200, extension 0 about reserving a court. This time of year, they generally have so many outdoor courts available they may not bother taking your reservation but just tell you to come on by. Last night, my friend and I were the only ones playing outside from 10 to midnight on the some-20 courts available. Yes, aside from the wimps playing inside the bubble, the grounds were completely deserted except for us two boys battling it out under the blazing lights on a primo show court on the hallowed and historic grounds of the mecca of United States tennis. The fact that we both suck (and no longer qualify as "boys"), made it no less glamorous and exciting...

But if you do go out there and play outside, tell them you really want a nice show court like number 7 or 11, which are the two biggest courts after Ashe, Amstrong, and Grandstand. (You allegedly can rent Ashe for 1500 dollars, by the way.) Courts number 4 and 10 and 13 are ok too. You can look at the site map and see the relative size of each one on their website, or on the little map to the left of the front desk. If you want to play inside on the way less glamorous US Open practice courts, reserve a court in the bubble to the left of the front desk, in what I think they call the "P" courts, as opposed to the other side, which might be called the "A" side -- I think the courts are better in P.

oddy
11-22-2006, 10:01 AM
Sales at Mason's? Good luck there, my British friend. I doubt they've ever had one, and the selection is pretty thin. Go to the other store HeyCal mentioned, on 18th & Broadway. Its name begins with a "P". Or, if you care about saving money, buy online. Tennis Warehouse actually works for me.

yeah. forget about mason's for low prices. they wanted 250+ for a yonex rds001 while another retailer a block and a half west had it priced the same as tw. (starts with "g")

on top of that, you'll get awful service and a condescending attitude. all the more reason to avoid that place.

boxingguy
11-22-2006, 05:19 PM
Forgot to mention, Tim Mayotte is a teaching pro at Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club. You can take a lesson from him for $150 or so.

But definitely take Mike's advice and check out the USTA National Tennis Center.

Phil
11-22-2006, 10:18 PM
I don't know who the heck "Mike" is,

Why, YOU'RE Mike. Or at least, for some reason, I've always thought of you as a "Mike". I guess our British buddy shares that feeling...

heycal
11-22-2006, 11:38 PM
Boxingguy seemed to imply he thought I was Mike as well, so maybe you guys all know something I don't. Hmm.... I will double-check my birth certificate and get back to you on this.

As for you, I've always thought of you as a "Phil" for some reason.

Owen0501
11-23-2006, 04:44 AM
Sorry Heycal - don't know where Mike came from.....

Even though Arthur Ashe is my inspration, I don't think that I can justify the $1500 price tag with the missus - only because she'll be playing with me and I wouldn't be able to get away with it!

Thanks for the information. I'm definitely going to give it a go - just hope it's not snowing when I arrive!

heycal
11-23-2006, 11:30 AM
Sorry Heycal - don't know where Mike came from.....

Even though Arthur Ashe is my inspration, I don't think that I can justify the $1500 price tag with the missus - only because she'll be playing with me and I wouldn't be able to get away with it!

Thanks for the information. I'm definitely going to give it a go - just hope it's not snowing when I arrive!

I'm suspicious anyway of the 1500 dollar figure the front desk guy mentioned. Seems low to me. Maybe that's per hour, with a multi-hour minimum, and/or it's the daytime rate without needing all those lights on. Still, I am considering having my bar mitzvah there...

Joe Average
11-23-2006, 02:02 PM
Its name begins with a "P". Or, if you care about saving money, buy online. Tennis Warehouse actually works for me.

It's called *******. I used to buy my baseball equipment there. I don't know about their tennis stuff. It's a typical New York store ... cramped, fast-paced for quick sales.

Hmm. It seems I'm not permitted to mention their name. Fair enough, I guess.

Phil
11-23-2006, 05:42 PM
As for you, I've always thought of you as a "Phil" for some reason.

Damn! No one's going to get anything past you, Mike.

heycal
11-28-2006, 12:03 PM
Sorry Heycal - don't know where Mike came from.....

Even though Arthur Ashe is my inspration, I don't think that I can justify the $1500 price tag with the missus - only because she'll be playing with me and I wouldn't be able to get away with it!

Thanks for the information. I'm definitely going to give it a go - just hope it's not snowing when I arrive!

Do give us a full report on your trip afterwards. What you did, how it went, etc.

Enjoy,
Mike

Owen0501
11-28-2006, 12:11 PM
I'll make sure I keep a diary and give an update! Thanks again for all of your help.

heycal
01-30-2007, 12:50 PM
I'll make sure I keep a diary and give an update!

Well?.....

lude popper
01-31-2007, 11:16 AM
as stated: P'agon is the best place, largest selection of frames, etc., but does not hold a candle to TW, so not worth it for anything but balls. masons blows.
from hotel> goto 51st & Lexington, get on 6, downtown. get off union square (14th). by foot> pick-up broadway going N to 18th st. completely unremarkable. if you're looking for some culture go south of 14th street>everything else is a grave yard.

Owen0501
02-11-2007, 04:11 PM
Well?.....

Bad news ..... got engaged, no tennis!! She made me do lot's of shopping, shows and dinners! I was officially p-whipped!!!

heycal
02-11-2007, 04:15 PM
I was wondering why I didn't see you out on the courts... Well, I hope you enjoyed "Cats".

rasajadad
02-12-2007, 05:27 AM
The only other tennis store I know of in Manhattan is "Grand Central". Located on 44th between Madison Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. As far as outdoor courts, Central Park has courts. For indoors, there's a bubble under the Queensborough Bridge, but I can't recall the name?

Owen0501
02-12-2007, 02:27 PM
I was wondering why I didn't see you out on the courts... Well, I hope you enjoyed "Cats".

Fell asleep during the shows - because of the time difference and my body not adjusting quickly enough!! Still, we went to some fab restuarants - 21 Club, River Cafe (where I proposed!) We were treated real special - thanks New York! Just a real shame no tennis! I made her promise that we'll do the US Open though - yippee!

heycal
02-12-2007, 04:36 PM
Fell asleep during the shows - because of the time difference and my body not adjusting quickly enough!!!

Is that the excuse you're using back home?

I made her promise that we'll do the US Open though - yippee!

Can we trust her on this? I'll believe it when I see it. How much do we really know about this girl, anyway?

As far as outdoor courts, Central Park has courts. For indoors, there's a bubble under the Queensborough Bridge, but I can't recall the name?

Sutton East Tennis, or something like that. VERY expensive red clay courts. Several more outdoor courts besides Central Park, and some other bubbles in Manhattan as well.

I have a feeling Owen will continue getting information and recommedations on New York through this thread long after his trip has already come and gone...

Owen0501
02-13-2007, 12:49 PM
Heycal - you're a real cynic! We go to Wimbledon, Queens and the Rome masters annually, and she loved New York (it was her first time) so I trust her - especially as it's my money. Ok, my money for now!! But yeah I hear you, now she's got me it's all over right?!

heycal
02-13-2007, 03:08 PM
Heycal - you're a real cynic! We go to Wimbledon, Queens and the Rome masters annually, and she loved New York (it was her first time) so I trust her - especially as it's my money. Ok, my money for now!! But yeah I hear you, now she's got me it's all over right?!

Yup. You'll be lucky if she lets you wander down to the muni courts to watch a match between your buddies now.