Best way to find hitting partners?

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  1. crash

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    Not sure if this is the appropriate section but I was wondering if you guys know good ways to find tennis partners. There are some threads in the travel section of this forum and I found some websites but it's hard to know how up-to-date they are.

    I recently moved and I currently don't have good tennis partners. I'm in Pasadena but my mobility is limited as I don't have a car yet.

    Thanks
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Hang out at, and leave notes at high schools, colleges, and especially TENNIS SHOP's.
    Facilities where more than 4 courts are often used for pickup tennis.
    Mostly a weekend phonomenom, but some late PM weekdays might work.
     
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  3. gmatheis

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    I used to live in Pasadena.

    There was a tennis meetup group that had alot of activity.

    Try going to meetup dot com and looking ... I have no idea if it still is going strong or not.

    Forgot to mention ... we used to play mostly at Pasadena High School , and San Marino High School
     
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  4. Sumo

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    When I got relocated for work a few years ago, I asked the league coordinator for captains contacts and reached out to them.

    It worked great, and I was asked to join one of the teams.
     
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  5. jkm07

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    To OP:

    I live in the Monterey Park/San Gabriel area and I'm looking for players to hit with. Let me know if you're interested
     
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  6. darrinbaker00

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    Bribery usually works. ;)
     
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  7. LeeD

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    Bribery works for sure, and all it takes is the offer to supply balls.
    I've been migrating to SanPablo courts more and more, as the good players seldom show at RoseGarden anymore.
    You go there, Darrin?
     
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  8. 3fees

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    Post a note at local tennis court with your phone number and the level of player you want to hit with.
     
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  9. JRstriker12

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    -Post a flyer at local courts/tennis shops.

    -Find a local league, tennis ladder, or group tennis clinic.

    -See if local tennis clubs / tennis facilities have a board where people post ads asking for playing partners

    -Use the USTA find a partner tool on the USTA website

    -Look for tennis socials in your area
     
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  11. texacali

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    I did and do troll on those times I don't have a hitting partner. I also bring a basket of balls to serve some up for some practice. I found when you do that, people will scope you to determine if you are "worth" hitting with.
     
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  12. anubis

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    Get involved in your local tennis community. Join local tennis clubs, ladders and leagues. After you play in a few scheduled matches that you have volunteered for (such as a men's doubles team), you'll get to know people that way. You build up a camaraderie with them and before you know it, you have ten people in your contact book that you can hit with at any time. It takes less time than you think, but you have to get out there and 'pound the pavement', so to speak.

    last of course, is USTA.
     
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  13. maggmaster

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    My coach sets me up with the 4.0+ players who join our club. So far I have gotten 3 very steady practice partners out of this arrangement and he gets his new members people to hit with.
     
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  14. darrinbaker00

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    That's my main hangout, Lee.
     
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  15. LeeD

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    Darrin...
    Cool!
    So you've seen Kiteboard there hitting with his arch enemy Freedom.
    I usually go there late AM, because I need to be outta there by 2, for traffic reasons heading up North.
    Saw Om using a ball machine practicing with his middle son. Didn't know he also played decent tennis.
    I guess you are one of the PM players. Do you also play on weekends? I"ve dropped by but not played a few days.
    I'm heading for PuertoRico for 3 weeks this weekend, so I'll look for you after Jan5.
     
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  16. beernutz

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    USTA flex leagues might be a good place to find some hitting partners. I am signed up to play this for the first time starting in January and through it I've already found a guy who wants to hit regularly who is willing to work on stuff as well as play games. Score!

    http://www.usta.com/Play-Tennis/USTA-League/USTAFlexLeagues/
     
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  17. crash

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    Thanks a lot guys, you provided plenty of good info and tips. Already found a couple players and places to see.

    To jkm07: I'm interested, you can contact that me through my profile.
     
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  18. NLBwell

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    Backboard at a place where there is some pick up tennis. Unfortunately, few courts have backboards anymore.
    I've hit with some excellent open level players and some who are 3.0s at best. I'm willing to hit with anyone - if the Open guys will hit with me, I'll hit with the 3.0s.
     
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  19. 3fees

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    Make yourself available on the usta site is another one.
     
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