I'm moving, which is the best tennis city-austin, san antonio, reno, boise, portland

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  1. rafafan20

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    I am moving this summer to a new city and wondered which of these cities has the most active tennis community? For other purposes I prefer San Antonio or Austin but I'd love any and all insight!
     
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  2. gavna

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    San Antonio and Austin both very strong......Boise, Reno and Portland smaller and I would much rather spend my time there skiing!!!!!!

    Austin now with some huge suburban areas and solid leagues - San Antonio has one of the best public tennis centers and a great tennis shop (which is saying a lot these days). Main issue it's cheaper to live in San Antonio and you don't have to deal with all the burnt orange and teasips:)
     
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  3. rafafan20

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    Thanks for the advice, not much of a skier (or a winter person). Love kayaking/outdoor stuff (hence tahoe area)
     
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  4. dunlop_fort_knox

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    reno is supposed to be Windy!
     
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    Any particular reasons for Texas?

    How about Atlanta? Around 150,000 players. ALTA, USTA, T2, Peach, Ultimate Tennis, and various local leagues playing year round.

    Lots of other nearby activities too! Whitewater activities, hiking, mountains, within a few short hours of several beaches.

    Starting to sound like the Chamber of Commerce here... :)
     
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  6. gavna

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    Ummmmm Jobs? weather? :)

    No the Atlanta Tennis scene is freaking second to no one! I split my time between Texas and Europe and would kill to have in Texas what Atlanta has with the ATA:)

    But really the BBQ in Atlanta does suck.
     
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    ^^ at least it's not beef!
     
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    Man! You just ain't been to the right hole-in-the-walls!!!
    And yeah, pork rules! Beef is for steaks, not BBQ sauce.
     
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  9. rafafan20

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    Cant do atl move is job related
     
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    Hahaha

    Pork = Ribs
    Brisket = BBQ!!!!!!

    Just teasing......pulled pork good but the yellow vinegar based sauce not so much!
     
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    Portland is a great overall city, a reasonable tennis city (not top tier). But remember the advice: make sure to bring your own job.
     
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    Are you referring to south carolina bbq sauce? If so, thats a mustard base sauce.
     
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    Yes sorry the Yellow tart stuff.......mustard, thought it had some vinegar as well......

    Hell if the meat is done right you don't need sauce:)

    You have some amazing places on the BBQ trail (yes there is such an insane thing through central Texas) where the meat is so good they don't serve sauce - no need.
     
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    San Antonio and Austin are both very vibrant...lots of leagues, lots of high level tourament play...if your a 4.0, 4.5, or Open level player then both cities have a lot to offer. San Antonio is much cheaper and First Serve tennis shop is first rate.

    Besides either way you'll run into me at a tournament, not as a player but as an umpire
     
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    San Antonio and Austin FTW!!
     
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    For tennis I'd say San Antonio might be better, there just aren't enough courts in Austin, in my opinion. For quality of life, I'd have to say Austin is a little better, although it is true than San Antonio is very cheap.
     
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    Then strike Portland off your list... unless you LOVE: rain at 43 degrees, skiing, playing tennis indoors 6 months out of the year, beer and coffee.
     
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  18. gavna

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    Gotta support the local tennis shop.......First Serve awesome.....Richard great guy and one of the best stringers in the state (he strung at RG a few years ago and part of the Tecnifibre team).

    Again moving to the area can't really go wrong - San Antone just much much cheaper - both cities in the middle of the Hill Country so outdoor sports huge.
     
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    Reno is a great town but I wouldn't say it has the strongest tennis community. There aren't a lot of great public courts- most of the serious players will sign up at one of the private places. We do get use to playing in some serious wind too!
     
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    The Portland area has a decent amount of players but clubs are sorely lacking, very little indoor court time available given the amount of players.


    Summer here, however, is better than any place on earth. (Our little secret)
     
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    Oh, the Stockholm Syndrome of those living in the Pacific Northwest. All two days of your summers are nice.

    Used to live up there and now would take an Arizona summer over one in the PNW. I can play tennis outside all year and in most cases the courts are free or a very nominal amount.

    As far as any of those cities to move to I would say Austin or San Antonio probably have the best weather and possibilities for tennis.
     
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    Ya, we all must have personality disorders. That's a real good point. :shock:
     
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    Oh, so predictable. I lived in the PNW for 40 plus years so it is not like I don't know what I am talking about. 20 years in Oregon and 20 plus years in Washington.

    Have to say don't know why I was so stupid for so long. I love Arizona. Actually just got back from playing tennis outdoors in 75 degree weather, had a beautiful view of Camelback Mountain and a nice glass of wine and late lunch afterwards. Nothing beats that.
     
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  24. TahoeTennis

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    I just moved to Reno from Lake Tahoe and the tennis scene here is great! Lots of courts (I actually live at a tennis club/resort) and you're less than an hour from Lake Tahoe, the most beautiful place on the planet. 3 hours to San Francisco.
     
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  25. GRANITECHIEF

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    Reno is so close to hell you can see Sparks. But of course there is some fun tennis to be had there, especially when it barely snows in the winter.
     
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    Portland and ESPECIALLY Austin are very liberal...

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    Yea Austin has that "keep it weird" and liberal reputation........it's still Texas and for the most part except for a few really goofy tree hungers its not that liberal. Texas Democrats not in the same league with what you got in places like Boston, California and the NW.

    Some of he old diehards love to perpetuate the myth that Austin is soooooo different - meh - Houston has had multiple female and Black mayors - current one openly gay.

    Last woman mayor of Austin was way back in the early 80s - most all since the late 90s old white guys - yeah all Democrats - big deal.:)

    Wanna see liberal check out the loons in inner city Houston and Dallas politics.....Sheila Jackson Lee (OMG what a disaster!) and her buds.
     
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    Well Obama won Travis County 60%-36% in 2012-- so I'd call that pretty liberal.
     
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    Naw just democrat........inner city Houston and Dallas had similar numbers.

    Austin does have more crunchy types than any other large Texas city but its still relative.........Texas Democrats do not = what you have in Berkley or Madison or San Francisco.....not in the least.

    Our libs still drive huge SUVs, pack guns (most even have concealed carry permits)....etc.
    Hell if a kid even in Austin made a pistol shape out of a Pop Tart folks down here would give him the real thing and not suspend him from school.
     
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  30. dr325i

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    How's tennis for you from May to October???
    I lived in Scottsdale for a year...ah wait -- I LIVED there 7 months and was hiding INDOORS for 5 months...
     
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    Because he was going against two idiots in 2008 and 2012 and he ran after the lunatic ruined our lives for the next 80 years...

    Other than that, I am with Gavna - we, in the South, are more of Conservative Liberals...
    Just like the Republicans elsewhere than here have more brains and understand reality...
     
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  32. S&V Specialist

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    First off, Austin is a great city with a great economy, but very liberal and the housing market has lost its' mind. Austin has awesome tennis leagues but not so many public courts. Right outside of Austin, have you looked at Westlake, Cedar Park, or Leander?
     
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    Hilarious post!
     
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    Thanks for responses all, looks like sacramento is a possibility, along with San Diego (obviously the #1 tennis city IMO). Jobs in Texas/Portland didn't work out, will be moving at end of may, pretty much debating between SD, Sactown and Reno -- Best job in Reno but worried about QoL. No job in SD, so-so job in Sac.
     
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    I love Scottsdale. I play tennis all year round no problem at all and have no problem finding people to play with. I prefer playing during the summer months to the winter when it is cold.

    Also it is so much less expensive to play here. No problem finding free courts. Have great courts in my neighborhood with a view of camelback mountain and the mcdowells.
     
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    Reno is cool.........yea it's a little dusty and all the casinos can get old......but jeez your 30+ min from Lake Tahoe........

    Plus how can you not like living in the home of Reno 911!!!! I mean my god man......plus all that skiing:):)
     
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    It will definitely snow in Reno during winter but then that's what separates the REAL tennis players from the posers!

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=6179729&postcount=13 this is Reno Tennis Club at Washoe courts, (semi private club)
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    P.S. locals do not use high altitude balls - those are for the wimpy tourists! Elevation about 4400 ft.

    You said you like kayaking? There is a whitewater park downtown

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sg4XKsc3Eo

    - right next to some courts too, (4 courts I believe) so go play a few hours of tennis then go jump in the river!
     
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    I'd say San Antonio, if it's still relevant. The city has over a hundred tennis courts all around it, so you're definitely going to find something convenient in the neighborhood. I live near Cuellar Park (https://trytopic.com/cuellar-park-3), it's beautiful and has lovely courts.
     
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    Portland's tennis scene is weak. FYI.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, because in Texas you can pretty much play 12 months per year. Reno/Boise/Portland I would imagine there's not going to be many days between November and February in which you'll be able to play.
     
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    I want to know more about San Antonio. I have been noodling with a move to Corpus/South Padre Island (maybe a part time move) but hear it is always windy. I haven't been to San Antonio in years and never considered living there when I visited. Austin is also a possibility, but I am apprehensive about tattooing the So Austin zip code on my wrist. Do love Rudy's breakfast burritos, though.
     
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    CC is VERY windy, I lived there a while before coming up to Austin. My wife and I love the city of Austin, very lively, great food and music all throughout and the people are very friendly.

    San Anton does have a pretty strong tennis scene, I'd say both are on par with one another but SA does have a few more courts spread throughout the city and cover a larger area.

    I'd say Austin over SA just due to the city life, spend a week just doing things from paddle boarding, tennis, movies, local food hotspots, music, 360 amphitheater and track... The list goes on but I'd have to say Austin get my vote. I went to college at Texas State in San Marcos and my wife and I had lots of date nights between the two cities and finally settled on Austin.
     
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  43. Chotobaka

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Thanks for your input. Yeah, I've spent a lot of time in Austin and it does have so much going for it. It's just been growing so dang fast and has gone through a lot of changes. Still the most livable city in Texas IMO and there are a ton of things to do recreationally in hill country. Too bad about Corpus being windy, it would be nice not to have to be landlocked -- I have never done it in my life. And, before you say it, lakes, rivers and bass ponds don't count. :D
     
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  44. gavna

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    Austin no longer the "most livable city" in the state......worse traffic than Dallas (that's saying ALOT) or Houston. Now the city trying to limit BBQ joint smoke due to complaints from hipsters spending HUGE $$$$ for overvalued homes near popular areas. Can you imagine Franklins BBQ and others talking about shutting down and leaving the city!!!! (Not that I would mind having Aaron Franklin move his place about 175miles east).

    The wind issue in Corpus is kinda overstated - it's not like you get constant 30mph gusts. It's seasonal and you are right in the gulf - no different than any other - certain times of the year Miami, San Diego, Savannah .....etc all have windy times.

    New slogan on tshirts and posters around town is "Please Don't Move Here" and "Keep Austin Weird.....Don't Move Here".
     
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    I appreciate your input. Yeah, we thought it might be the beginning of the end in Austin several years ago when the gentrification of the neighborhoods east of I-35 started gathering steam. I need to get some first hand experience in Corpus during wind season to experience it for myself. Yes, Franklin is gooood! I am also partial to Black's out in Lockhart. So many damn, damn good places to eat and drink. Thanks again.
     
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    Actually it is still the best place to live in Texas, it's not perfect, but it beats the hell out of Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, no question.
     
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    Thank you. What is perfect anymore? Almost everything is a compromise of one sort or another. We really need to take a road trip soon and re-visit Texas for some hands-on recognizance.
     
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