What was the grimmest tennis court you regularly played on, or, in the alternative, what is the grimmest tennis court you currently play on? Me, I play most Fridays during my noon lunch work hour at the Echo Park courts just outside Downtown L.A. right below the 101 Freeway. Six Public Courts in surprisingly good shape. The 101 freeway has spewed a lot of dust and dirt on to these courts over the decades; when my partner or I hit a kill shot, the amount of schmutz I see exploding off the ball makes me think of dirt clods I saw exploding in my childhood. It's the quintessential urban experience: homeless people camping out on the grassy areas near the courts as they watch you and your partner hit a ball. Some of the are smoking a joint, which is fine.