Good tennis club in Hong Kong?

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  1. Mikael

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    Hi guys,

    I will likely move to Hong Kong by the end of the year and am already trying to plan a few things, including where to live and obviously where to play tennis!

    I'm looking for a tennis club with a good concentration of high quality players, and indoor courts as I understand it is quite rainy at certain times of the year. Location is obviously important too, although due to population density I guess it would be hard for a large tennis club to be centrally located...

    Any opinions?

    Thanks!
    Mikael
     
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  2. West Coast Ace

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    Doesn't look like there are many:

    http://www.tennishk.org/Membership/ClubsFacilities/tabid/414/language/en-US/Default.aspx

    When I go there (usually twice a yr) I hit with a pro. Yeah, you do get rained out sometimes. But they have plenty of good weather too. PM me if you want more info.

    Also, search this section for 'hong kong' - there are some people who live there and have posted - you might want to reach out to them; they have been willing to hit with others and may be able to introduce you.
     
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  4. West Coast Ace

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    ^^^^ I have a few friends who were members when on assignments in HK - they said it was great. It's on the 'back' side of HK Island - so not as hot as the city and better air quality.
     
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  5. Chotobaka

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    There are a quite a large number of outdoor courts at the public tennis center that is in Happy Valley. No indoor courts, though.

    Edit: Just so you know this is not a club. No amenities. If you are looking for an upscale club experience, check out this link. Looks absolutely terrific. Lots of outdoor courts, indoor tennis, plus squash and badminton courts, restaurants, bar, etc. You could pretty much live there. I hesitate to imagine the cost (especially being in HK and on the island) and have no idea if it requires sponsorship/nomination for membership. http://www.crchk.com/en_dri01.aspx
     
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  6. Mikael

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    Hey guys,

    thanks for all the replies. To be clear, I'm not looking for an upscale club in particular, my main concern is finding a vibrant tennis scene, ie the place where motivated juniors train, local tournaments are held, open level players hang out, etc.

    Sometimes you find clubs with amazing courts and facilities but the only people there are 60+ year olds playing their weekly doubles game on Sunday morning ;-)

    I'll be sure to check out the clubs you mentioned though.

    West Coast Ace, could be fun to hit if we're both around at the same time, let me know. I'll probably PM you once I get there anyway!
     
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  7. West Coast Ace

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    @Mikael, good luck and please bump this thread and let us know how you do.

    I go to Victoria Park almost every day I'm in town if you get a chance (if I can't play there is a nice rubberized running track); you will mostly see retirees having a hit and giggle. But I've seen some solid juniors and expats; I've also been there when they have their HK championships - see some good play. Have heard that like most of Asia, the really good juniors leave and come to the US or EU. The courts and nets are in good shape - the only negative is no side fences so you will have balls from other courts come onto your court.

    Gigasports is the big sporting goods store (there's one in the Pacific Place mall and one in Kowloon in the Harbourplace Mall) - if you want to buy tennis gear, stop in - usually list price but I've picked up some Nike tennis shirt/shorts on sale. And there's a tennis shop on HK Island about 500 ft from the exit of the Tin Hau metro stop. The employees at these places may be able to help you meet other players too.
     
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  8. Mikael

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    Alright I just arrived in HK... if anyone's looking to hit, let me know!
     
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  9. raging

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    go see Jeff Schneider @ LRC
     
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  10. Mikael

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    raging, what's LRC? And who's Jeff Schneider?
     
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    I lived in Hong Kong for two years quite a way's back, 1987-1989, the good ole colonial days. I lived right next to Victoria Park (Tin Hau MTR stop) and played almost every single day! Make some local friends, and you are golden. If tennis is that important, live next to the park.

    Enjoy, loved Hong Kong so much!!
     
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  12. OTMPut

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    Hi Mikael-

    I emailed you my contact details.

    HK has a lot of public courts but they are pretty difficult to book. Most get booked out by private coaches.

    If you are looking at regular tennis, you need to have either a court at your condo or become a member of club.

    Perhaps we can chat over a beer.
     
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  13. OTMPut

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    LRC = Ladies Recreation Club
     
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  14. West Coast Ace

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    Using the line from 'Top Gun': "that sounds like a target rich environment."
     
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  15. Mikael

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    Hum, looks like I didn't get your email. Can you send me another one at this address: mikael4 at gmail dot com ?

    Looking forward to playing and also chatting over a beer! (preferably in that order!)
     
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  16. Mikael

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    "Jeff Schneider" must be enjoying his job there!
     
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  17. flynhi

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    The best recreational tennis can be found at Discovery Bay. They have a couple of resident clubs with a total of 13 courts. There are several tennis ladders, and a very active tennis community. Victoria Park has nice public courts and so does the club at Wan Chai Gap, but both these places are usually booked well in advance during peak hours. Otherwise, its pricey clubs and obscure neighborhood courts. Good luck and enjoy!
     
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  18. OTMPut

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    I live here :)
    We have about 15 courts in total and not too expensive to book. And a lot of good players to play with.
     
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  19. OTMPut

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    The old colonial name has stuck on.
    Now it is just another private club. Some fierce ladies on the tennis courts though.

    They have a few classic clay courts. They are amazing to practice on.
     
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  20. Tikiman53

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    I've been spending my summers in Hong Kong lately. I'll be in Hong Kong again this summer from June to August for a teaching gig. I'm jumping the gun a bit, but around the summer, if any of you in HK want someone to hit with, I'm down to play! I'm about a 4.0/4.5. I'll be living at City University, and I'll have access to the courts there. Seemed like pretty good courts the last time I checked em out.
     
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  21. West Coast Ace

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    Way to crush our fantasy! :)

    Red? I don't see any pics or mention on their website - do have 2 indoor.

    I'm coming later in the spring - my buddies said we'd take over center court at Victoria Park.
     
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  22. Mikael

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    Center court at Victoria Park - I'm in!

    Played with some local guys last weekend at the HKTA courts in Kowloon close to Kowloon Tong, quite far from the island. Given the shortage of courts in HK doubles seems to be quite popular.
     
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  23. OTMPut

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    Yes red clay. They are new. Seems they are converting the carpets into clay.
     
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  24. OTMPut

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    Hey Mikael I emailed you.
    Weather looks bad.
    Should improve by weekend.
    I will book courts this weekend and will let you know by Thu.
     
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  25. OTMPut

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    Perfect. Yes I heard cityU has good courts. If you are teaching there you might get them free.

    PM me when you are here. Happy to hit.
     
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  27. mix_ice

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    Anybody want to hit? I'll be in HK 1st week of April :) was able to play in Tsing Yi i think around 2 years ago.
     
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  28. ollinger

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    Hung Lo's Tennis Pavillion, on the road out to the airport.
     
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    I will not be making any jokes about this
     
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  30. West Coast Ace

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    Hit on center court at Victoria Park - looking a little run down but still fun. Same court as JCF won the last ATP event in the early 00's...

    @OTMPut, are they re-doing the courts between center and the new swim center? I hope they're not removing them. HK needs more courts, not less.
     
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  31. tennisphotog

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    I was living in Hong Kong and my first tennis photography gig was the event held in Victoria park, where I also played nearly every day. Eliot Teltscher defeated John Fitzgerald in the final.....the year... 1987!!!!!!

    Great memories, great place.
     
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  32. OTMPut

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    I think they are redoing them.

    BTW i played yesterday on Center court. Awesome as usual.
    It was a corporate league match.
    http://www.tennishk.org/Tournaments/MensWomensTournament/LocalTournaments/DrHenryFokCorporatePatronLeague/tabid/296/language/en-US/Default.aspx
     
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  33. West Coast Ace

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    ^^^^^ Hope the tourney went well.

    The ball going in and out of the light blue walls and the green seats can be a little difficult. But a lot of extra room. On the day I hit the stands blocked the winds nicely.
     
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  34. OTMPut

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    We finished top of our group. Will play HK Police team in the semis on saturday. We lost to the same team in semis last year. They have good players.

    The marked difference (at least as perceived by me) between outside courts and center court is how much "carry" the ball gets. Weak balls still carry far.
     
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  35. Buuurnz

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    I am also looking for some playing action. Been in Hong Kong for 6 month now and finding some good people to play with seems to be rather tough. anyone interested to play during the next couple of weeks? I am about 5.0 I assume. I am quite desperate as I have not played much lately haha.
     
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  36. OTMPut

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    I can play this weekend. Or the next.
    PM me.
     
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    Join the meetup groups... There are plenty of people you can find.

    That's where I found my usual group of tennis players in HK.
     
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  38. West Coast Ace

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    Yeah, not a lot of top end depth in HK - mostly retirees and bored housewives; I wish I'd known - we would have hit. If you're still in the region in Oct and are going to Shanghai, PM me - I will be there and love to hit in the morning before going to watch the pros.

    Congrats, @OTMPut.
     
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  39. TJKTennis

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    Checking if people in this thread are still actively playing tennis in HK? I'm heading to HK for 3 months from the start of Sept and keen to meet people to hit/train with. Like the original poster, keen to play at a club/courts that have high quality players to hit/train with. Im from the UK, 26 years old. Grew up playing competitive tennis etc, still hit regularly.

    Drop me a message/reply if anyone is keen to hit - or if anyone has advice on other websites or places to meet players.
     
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    Drop me a message if you're still in HK and free to hit.

    Cheers,
     
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    LRC has both clay and indoor courts. Its located at the peak.
     
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    OTMPut What's your NNTP
     
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  43. West Coast Ace

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    Have you played on the red clay courts there? They looked good on TV.
     
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  44. chichow

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    I haven't as I've never gotten around to it.
     
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  45. Aero

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    Am always looking for 4.0+ players in HK, but am not rich enough to join a club.

    I live in the NTs, but can travel for gd tennis! PM me if u wanna meet up sometime. Even if i do melt in this heat........thkfully autumn is coming :)
     
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    Same here, not rich enough to join a private club and don't work for police , always looking for decent level player but tough.

    live on HongKong island and can book the court at my apartment (southern district)

    Drop me a message if stopping by.
     
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    Thx Damon.

    Southern area is farrrrrrrrr from me! Doubt I'd ever go there!

    Would you travel to CWB/Vic Park?! :confused:

    :)
     
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  48. OTMPut

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    Aero, damon-hc -
    Sorry i have not checked this thread in a while. I am happy to hit with you guys.

    We also have Mikael. I have hit with him a few times. I am happy to arrange even doubles if you guys want. We can make it a small TTW-HK event.

    I have access to courts and i can play during the weekends.
     
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  50. Aero

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    Thx OTMPut!

    Whereabouts are u?

    :)
     
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