San Antonio Tennis Scene

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  1. blakesq

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    Hi,

    Wife and I are now considering moving to San Antonio, TX from New England. Anyone know if they have a vibrant tennis scene? Thanks!
     
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  2. charliefedererer

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    My brother lives there, and I can tell you there are a lot of good tennis players In San Antonio.
    Here is a link to maps of some of the public tennis courts in San Antonio. By far, the largest is the Blossom Tennis Center with 14 courts and a very active USTA league program, lesseons offered, and a small clubhouse with racquet stringing. I doubt there is a similar public facility in all of New England. http://www.tennismaps.com/Index.asp?regionid=33&locid=703
    He belonged to the Thousand Oaks Racquet Club until moving further out of the city, but if it has continued in its former tradtion, it is first rate.
    Of course the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch is only about 20 miles out of town in New Braunfels.
    Enjoy!
     
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    I recently relocated to SA and I play at Sonterra CC. They have regular leagues all year round and most years you can play all year round. They have at least one mixer a month so you get to meet a lot of people quickly. Here's the link to the club: http://www.clubatsonterra.com/
     
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  5. Fedace

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    John Newcomb Tennis ranch is there. I hear they have Tons of Drills and leagues, not to mention world class Juniors.
     
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    There are plenty of nice places. I've played at Sonterra, Fair Oaks Ranch, Dominion, Blossom, and McFarlin, and they all seemed to have good programs. The first 3 are CC's, but I don't know if they semi-public or not, certainly their facilities are nicer.
     
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    Newcombe's center is in New Braunfels, half way between Austin and San Antonio. It's more of a camp or retreat than a "scene." This doesn't answer the original question, but does correct that portion.

    All of the big cities of Texas have a good tennis scene - San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas. Of the big four, the Dallas area has, by far, the biggest tennis community. For tennis, you can't go wrong with any of them ... well, except Houston, which is a horrid town with abysmal weather (unless you like 99% humidity at 105F).
     
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  8. blakesq

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    I liked Houston when I lived there..but that was when I was in my early 20's. But I think the humidity will be too brutal for this 44 year old body! Thanks for the info!


     
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  9. Dave Mc

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    Little harsh, don't you think? Especially when you consider the facts, such as the fact that the average summer temps in Houston...
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/trav...y/graph/USTX0617?from=36hr_bottomnav_business
    ...are actually lower than the average summer temps in Dallas...
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/trav...y/graph/USTX0327?from=36hr_bottomnav_business
    ...and lower than the average summer temps in Austin...
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/trav...y/graph/USTX0057?from=36hr_bottomnav_business
    ...and lower than the average summer temps in San Antonio...
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/trav...y/graph/USTX1200?from=36hr_bottomnav_business
     
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  10. blakesq

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    its all about the humidity though.

     
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  11. Dave Mc

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    Howdy partner =-)

    Yes, I totally agree with you. But having played tournaments in all those Texas cities for three decades now, I can personally vouch that Houston has no monopoly on heat and humidity. For sure, Houston has more high-humidity days than the other Texas cities, but not to the point where it would be fair to say that Houston is "horrid" and the other TX cities are NOT "horrid". I guess all I'm trying to say is that it might be more fair to conclude that summers in ALL Texas cities can be "horrid", and due to more frequent periods of high-humidity, Houston can be considered a bit more "horrid" at times =-)
     
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  12. TNE_Admin

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    Completely brand new but:
    htttp://www.TennisSanAntonio.com
     
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  13. abbeytxs

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    Oh you tennis hussy you! :) It wasn't that long ago you were asking about moving to Austin and what the tennis is like here. Now you are tossing us aside and headed for San Antonio!!
     
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  14. Big_Dangerous

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    If you can't stand the heat get out the kitchen. :)
     
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    Actually, we are undecided between the two, austin and san antonio. We are planning a trip in April or June to check out houses/scene in both cities.

     
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  16. cll30

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    McFarlin has 22 courts
     
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  17. steve260z

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    As far as USTA Tournaments, SA has the most major zone ones. Very convenient.
     
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    Well, there's really no contest, unless you really want to live someplace that's pretty cheap, you can't beat San Antonio for that, cheapest place to live outside the third world.
     
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  20. NoSkillzAndy

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    I'd take Houston weather over Dallas' without hesitation. Yes, it's very humid in Houston, but Dallas has some really extreme conditions that are just brutal. Dallas actually has a winter (with nasty ice storms), is hotter in the summer than Houston (and most of Texas for that matter), and has bad thunderstorms & tornadoes being at the bottom of Tornado Alley.

    IMO San Antonio & Austin are both good choices and you could definitely say the tennis scene is vibrant in both cities. I live in Austin and love it here, but I also travel regularly to San Antonio to play in tournaments there, as they host 2 major zones, the individual Sectional tournament, and a ton of medium-to-smaller tournaments. SA has a slightly drier climate but is otherwise very similar to Austin in that regard. I think you'd be better off making a decision based on the culture, entertainment, scenery, pricing, etc.
     
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  21. Fuji

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    LOL! You just described my home town up here in Canada!

    I've been to San Antonio before and I thought it was really nice. I can't say anything for the others, but SA was really great for the time I spent there.

    -Fuji
     
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  22. fleabitten

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    I grew up in Dallas and found that the tennis scene was huge and the winters were not bad. You did have the occasional ice storm, but it would melt by the next day. Summers are HOT, but hell it's Texas.

     
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  23. Matsui

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    I've been playing tennis for 1.5 years and live in SA. Great scene. Can play year round. Lots of USTA events and tournaments etc.
     
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  24. NLBwell

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    I love it. .
     
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