Phoenix Tennis scene

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  1. blakesq

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    Can someone fill me in the the tennis scene in Phoenix, we MAY be moving there. Does tennis stop in the summer because of the heat? Is it possible to play summer tennis outdoors in the morning or evenings without bursting into flames? I currently live in CT, and we play indoors 9 months a years. :(
    Thanks!
     
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  2. goober

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    Tennis all year round outdoors. For the most part hardcourts only. There are a couple places with clay and one with grass.

    During the summer you play at night and early morning.

    Lots of play options- USTA, ATA (doubles only league), private clubs, local rec leauges. The USTA flex leauge supposedly is the largest nationwide. There are about 6-7 public tennis centers with 15-25 courts in different parts of the city. Almost all the public centers run their own leagues and have drop in tennis.

    Phoenix tennis meetup website is not a bad way to meet people. http://www.meetup.com/phoenixtennis/ They have meetups practically everyday in different parts of the city with 6-15 people showing up, but the play tends to be 3.0-3.5ish with some 4.0s here and there.

    Overall though the participation could be higher given that the size of the city.
     
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  3. Mike2228

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    what part of Ct are you from Blakesq? Im from plainville (860) myself.
     
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  4. blakesq

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    Goober,

    Whats the temperature in the early mornings and at night during the summer when playing tennis? Thanks.
     
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  5. blakesq

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    New Haven county. Do you know about connecticut tennis circuit? google it if interested.

     
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    At night around 90 degrees, but without the sun beating down on you it is very bearable IMO. Early morning it is about 90 and rises to high 90s around 10 am. Remember it is a dry heat so most people can play at higher temperatures than they could with high humidity. It may take a little while to adjust to the heat, but I don't know anyone who plays tennis regularly that stops during the summer.
     
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  7. Kick_It

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    I don't live there but used to travel there often & played a few tournaments there over past few years. A few recommendations:

    1) Learn, live and love playing in early morning or at night - and hydration!

    2) Tons of facilities, good tournaments, including national junior and adult age group tournaments.

    3) Decent population of tennis players with a good concentration of highly ranked players - juniors, college (less since ASU cut the men's team), and former college players.

    4) Presumably a decent population of league/rec players too - but I don't know much about that.

    5) Lots of skilled teaching pros too.

    When visiting before a move I'd recommend you check out:
    + All About Tennis on Scottsdale Road.

    Ask them about the local scene and where to play. Great stock/store/staff.

    + Stop by the Village on Camelback road. Check it out as a potential club to join.

    Great facilities and membership. Do inquire about fees and evaluate how it lines up with your budget or not.

    Good Luck! K_I
     
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  8. AlexTennisAllDayLong

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    I live on the west side...don't get out too much in Scottsdale or anything. Phoenix seem to have a lot of people come out but most of them are like senior citizens or older people who are maybe like 3.5...or weak 4.0. Weather is amazing all year...
     
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  9. yemenmocha

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    Didn't see the OP post an NTRP range. That matters a lot. Things thin out at 5.0 in terms of where you'll find hitting partners. 4.5 is somewhat thin, with most everyone in the valley 4.0 or less. If you're at the upper end it WILL matter where you join a club.

    Don't let the temperatures scare you. It is a big factor whether or not the sun is out. Summer evenings in the 90's aren't bad at all once you move here and adjust a little. Summer mornings in the 80's if you play really early is great. The other 8-9 months of the year have great weather for playing mid-day.
     
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    Thanks everyone, I am a solid 4.0 doubles player, who can on occasion beat a 4.5 team (thanks to the recent USTA bump ups). My wife is a 3.0-3.5 player. I am 44, she is 40.

     
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    I moved from Seattle to Scottsdale just about a year ago. Despite the abundance of tennis you hear about down here it has actually been hard finding teams and people to play with. I think you pretty much need to know someone on a team to get on one. USTA is not super strong down here and the levels are about .5 lower than they were in Seattle. I was a 3.0 Seattle and have been competitive at both 3.5 and 4.0 here. Husband was a 3.0 in Seattle and is playing on a 3.5 team going to Sectionals.

    The Village at Camelback and 44th is the club with the best players (I have heard it can be hard to get a court), Scottsdale Athletic Club is a senior citizen club (my husband was actually told this on Wednesday) which is unfortunate bcause it is a great set up, La Camirilla I don't know much about but the club house is a bit old and I have been told the membership is similar to SAC.

    There are lots of public courts and several large public tennis centers. If playing the leagues at the public courts the ratings are usually .5 to 1.0 below USTA.

    There is ATA which I think you need to know someone to get on a team. I tried to email the coordinator to get on a team but she nevver got back to me. Also ATA levels are .5 below USTA.
     
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  13. goober

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    I think your experience shows that the phoenix 3.0 mens and womens USTA leagues are pretty thin. All the action seems to be at the 3.5-4.0 level esepcially on the women's side. No disagreement there. However, I am not sure that levels are 0.5-1.0 below Seattle. You have to remember that there was a large bump up in ratings this year so every division is weaker than it was in previous years.

    Given that I think your record is what I would expect to see in a 3.0 playing up in 3.5 and 4.0. You are 0-8 in league and 0-4 in tournaments. You had some matches were close and others that were blow outs, but to me "competitive" means winning around 50% of your matches. I know when I play up against higher levels I may get some games here and there or even an occasional set, but I rarely win a match.
     
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  14. yemenmocha

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    4.0-4.5 you should only choose from the places with players at that level, which isn't everywhere.

    I would add Gold Key to the list somewhat started above.
    http://goldkeyracquetclub.com/GoldKeyRacquetClub/Welcome.html

    And you won't have the same trouble getting a court like you would at The Village. Arguably the Village has too many players, for general court time and leagues. They actually have to have multiple league teams for some of the NTRP levels.
     
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