Tennis in Houston, TX

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  1. babar

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    Howdy all,

    I will be relocating to Houston, TX soon. I wanted to know about the tennis scene in Houston. Any info on good clubs, overall level of play, league involvment, etc. I am a 4.0 who has been playing USTA leagues in Northern Virginia for the past few years. Thanks for any input.

    Also, if anyone wants a hitting partner in Houston, let me know. Thanks.
     
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  2. Goalier95

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    here's a good place to start if you haven't done so already:
    http://www.houstontennis.org/

    Just to let you know, the weather here is very hot and humid during out 9 months of summer. :) My opinion is the Westside Tennis Club has to be the club to join because it offers the red clay of Paris, Wimbledon's grass and of course the hard courts. This is where the year ending Master's Cup will be held in November. Good luck!
     
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  3. babar

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    Thanks Goalier95! I used to live in H-town in my youth. I remember the weather well. I guess I will have to learn to like indoor tennis a lot more than I do. Thanks again.
     
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  4. matchpoints

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    Goalier95,

    How's that place Houstonian?
     
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  5. BiGGieStuFF

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    Has anyone on TT ever gotten together and played before, or do you guys usually stick to your usual tennis cliques?
     
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  6. fishuuuuu

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    I guess most people just stick to their own tennis groups but I read somewhere that another kid like me went to go play Bungalo Bill and go his butt handed to him.

    I've met with a (stranger) member of these boards before.
     
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  7. BiGGieStuFF

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    I'm sure that's what holds most people back about playing someone they haven't met before. NOt sure if they would be wasting your time or you'd be wasting their time.

    I'm thinking about joining a league here in Houston, but anyone got any suggestions to a friendly league here? Tennis is the priority but meeting good people is a plus as well.
     
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  8. jakul

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    Hello BiGGieStuFF. I'm located in Richmond but if you're looking for somebody to hit please PM me. I'm always looking for people to knock the ball around with a bit.:)
     
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  9. GRANITECHIEF

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    If anyone in Houston wants a game with a 6.0, let me know and i can hook you up. A buddy of mine is there on business there this week. He is super nice and will smile while he crushes you. !!!

    Isn't SydneyJim located somewhere near there? I bet they would have fun.
     
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  10. atatu

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    I noticed a guy named "Jim Sydney" in the qualifying draw of the futures event in Mansfield...could it be ?
     
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  11. GRANITECHIEF

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    It most certainly is. Actually, if you look again, you'll notice that its Jim, Sydney and that all the players are listed with surname first.

    Sydney was on these boards a while back but hasn't been posting lately. Maybe because he's been traveling a bit. Looks like a fun trip, lots of interesting locations, except for the win loss ratio isn't stellar:

    http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/activity.asp?player=30023321

    Bye the way Atatu, are you familiar with the Helotes area. I picked up a 4 acre parcel there in the hills north of Helotes toward Grey Wolf and i haven't even seen it. How is the area?
     
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  12. atatu

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    The Helotes area is very nice. The had a bit of a problem there this past year as the result of a mulch fire, and because I work for the State of Texas Environmental agency, I heard a lot about it. You can google "Helotes Mulch Fire" and learn all about it. Anway, don't let that discourge you, the area is very nice.
     
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  13. Muffin Man

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    i'm traveling down to houston for a few weeks in december. we'll be there for the holidays at my in-law's house. i would love to find a couple of people to hit with while i'm down there. i'm a solid 4.5 player in the northeast. i'd be looking to hit with anyone 4.0 and higher. i've played at the houstonian in the past but will have a car...as it is a requirement in houston so i can get just about anywhere.
     
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  14. LafayetteHitter

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    I typically stay at the Houstonian when I visit Houston. I really like the fitness facility and the courts are pretty nice.
     
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  15. TenS_Ace

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    The Houstonian is OUTSTANDING!!
     
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  16. Muffin Man

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    i know the houstonian is great. i will be able to play there without guest fees since i can usually get a guest pass from my mother-in-law. are there any houstonian members, 4.0-5.0 who would like to hit in december?

    anybody know of any other places to find a good match that time of year?
     
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  17. NC Texan

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    Houston Racquet Club

    I'm moving to Houston in January. We were thinking of joining Houston Racquet Club. My wife doesn't really play so we wanted to join some place that had good pool, gym, dining, etc. Does anyone know the level of tennis there? I am a 5.0 player in my late 20s and am interested in serious tennis. I hear there is a good tourney and league scene in Houston but I also want to make sure there are a lot of good players at the club. Any input would be appreciated.

    Also, it looks like Memorial Park has a lot of tennis activity. Is this a good place to find a match? Thanks
     
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  18. Leelord337

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    Hi. I'm a Houstonian. I play at san jacinto college North campus Mon- Thurs and Sun from 5pm-8pm, there is some pretty good competition out there. drop on by if you want to pick up a good singles or doubles match, 8 lighted hardcourts surrounded by trees, nice and quiet and lit up well at night, and best of all its free...but no hobos around because its a college.

    If you're looking to join a tennis club, in downtown there's the houston MET, metropolitan racquet club, and near the university of houston central campus is Macgregor Park but some 5.0+ close to pro players are there and really have game and u can hook up with a singles match or dubs, and it's only 4$ an hour. Memorial Park is really the hub of the tennis scene though. Lots of great players from all around show up there. i think its $6 an hour there.

    Also try Strawberry park tennis center. They have fun tournaments about twice a month for singles and doubles.
     
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  19. NC Texan

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    Westside Tennis & Fitness

    I have recently been told that Westside Tennis & Fitness, despite its transition to more of a "family fitness" club, is still the place to join for serious tennis players. Does anyone have any information about it since they did the renovations? I now there are a lot of parks with good players too, but we wanted to join a club and were told this was the one to join. Thanks for any information.
     
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  20. Lindsay

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    My husband works at westside... its the nicest club i've ever seen. they are putting in 2 lagoon pools, they just put in an arcade, batting cages, indoor golf range. They have a formal dining and restaurant. Still have 30+ courts. You can still hit in the stadium on the WTT court. Its crazy nice, all I can say.
     
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  21. Muffin Man

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    lindsay....is westside open to the public? like i said in an earlier post i'll be in houston for 3 weeks in december at my in-laws house and i would love to get some hitting in. i have hit at the houstonian before but would go just about anywhere within a reasonable distance from memorial to hit with 4.5 or higher players while i'm there.
     
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  22. Lindsay

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    I don't think it is. However, you are allowed to hit there with members, which are a dime a dozen(over 6000 to date) so finding one shouldn't be hard.
     
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  23. NC Texan

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    Did you say 6000 members?? I know the place is really big, but is it over-crowded now with that many people? My main concern would be the tennis court availability and my wife's would be the fitness classes. Is it hard to get space in those now? Thanks
     
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  24. Lindsay

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    6000 members, but not 6000 tennis members. they've added 3000 fitness members in the last year. Court availability is NEVER a problem... 30+ courts, hydro, hartru, rebound ace, indoor/outdoor, stadium- you have lots of options.

    i should work for this place the way i talk about it.
     
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  25. NC Texan

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    fitness

    Thanks for all the information Lindsay. How about the fitness center and classes? Are they getting over-crowded? That will be my wife's main concern as she doesn't play tennis. Also, do they still have the red clay courts? Thanks again for all your input.
     
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  26. Lindsay

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    Tons of classes, never too crowded. They have several state of the art studios for classes. Fitness, yoga, they have pilates studios(some private) and 2 gyms(1 is a typical gym, the other a wellness center).

    They took out the red clay courts. They have hydro court and hartru. The hydros are very nice!

    Hope you enjoy your trip. You will find an extremely large tennis shop where I work right down the street from Westside. I would say the name but it would be edited.
     
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  27. jakul

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    Lindsay, do you work at TE?
     
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  28. Lindsay

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    yes, i string there.
     
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  29. CWINE979

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    Are there any 4.5-5.0 players near Sugar Land that would like to hit around on the weekends? I recently started playing tennis about 5 months ago and I need to find a hitting partner.
     
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  30. CWINE979

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    Mistake. I recently started playing tennis again about 5 months ago and need some good hitting partners.*
     
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  31. Leelord337

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    anybody in houston looking for a free tennis match w/some good players 4.0+ there is an unofficial tennis club at san jacinto college north campus that plays Monday through thursday and on sundays from 5pm-8pm. Doubles and singles, tell them lee sent u
     
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  32. IsmokeTooMuch

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    I can hit with you in Pearland, its about a 20min drive from Sugarland. Dont exactly know my rating, but I think I can keep up with you. Email at seniormonk@yahoo.com
     
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  33. slice-o-maniac

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    hello all i'm from houston too! :D hahaha i live in the northwest side of houston so if anyone is interested in hitting with a 3.5-4.0 let me know
     
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  34. jakul

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    Hello. Email me at: ten_inch_radius@yahoo.com I live in Richmond and I'm always looking for good folks to hit with. Thank you.
     
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  35. Muffin Man

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    lucky you....the swinging door!!! best bbq around.
     
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  36. jakul

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    Yes sir! Haven't been there in awhile since I'm trying to lose a few pounds and that place never helps. LOL!
     
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    so if anybody wants to play at san jacinto college north send me an email. bmxluv@aol.com
     
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  38. NLBwell

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    The Clear Lake area used to have a lot of tennis when I lived there - Bay Area Racket Club, Freindswood Racket Club, another right by the water whose name I forget, and Uof H Clear Lake.
     
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  39. Leelord337

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    at san jacinto college north there is a mix of good women players men players, teenagers etc... gotta be a 3.5 or above to fit in though. anybody wanna play during the week mon-thurs from 4:30-8pm shoot me an email, i only go there on sunday nights though, occasionally during the week. bmxluv@aol.com
     
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    anybody near the east side of houston looking for a singles or doubles match send me an email @ bmxluv@aol.com
     
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  41. BiGGieStuFF

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    With a name like SLICE-o-maniac I'm not sure how many takers you'll get hehehe :razz:
     
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  42. KerryJ

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    I live in clear lake, here's all the places I've played at (localy and in houston).

    Memorial Park (Houston)
    Westside (Houston)
    Lee LeClear Tennis Center (Houston)
    Jewish Community Center (Houston)
    Bay Area Racquet Club (Clear Lake)
    Windemere (Clear Lake)
    South Shore Harbour Fitness Center (Just outside of Clear Lake)

    All very nice, my favorites being the Jewish Community Center and South Shore.
     
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  43. Leelord337

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    I didn't like lee leclear tennis center, courts are hard courts but they are Dirty and not well kept, I worked for memorial park tennis center though as a summer tennnis coach....I would say some of the best courts in houston have to be Rice Universities courts. They are AMAZING. Plus you can park in the neighborhood 1 block away from rice for free and walk to the courts. The stadium court is awesome, plus the lights are great too
     
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  44. Leelord337

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    so if anybody wants to play at san jacinto college north send me an email. bmxluv@aol.com
     
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  45. jmiller

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    i live in missouri city (atleast in the summers now, i go to college in huntsville) but i've hit at westside and it is truely amazing. but i worked over the summer at memorial park and their courts and facilities are nice and usually well kept. so if anybody is up for hitting send me a message
     
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  46. Roger#1

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    jmiller, if you are staying in missouri city now I can hit with you. I live in sugarland, so if anybody else lives near me and is around 4.5 or higher, I can hit all the time.
     
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  47. jmiller

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    thanks for the offer roger and maybe someother time when i'm in town i will send you a message and we can hit. however i am not in missouri city now.
     
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  48. slice-o-maniac

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    man...this name was way back in the day! i'm an all around player but mostly spends it on the baseline! :p hehe


    how about we take it to the court and you can decide haha
     
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  49. DizBoiDanny

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    anyone know any free tourments here in houston? i don't like paying 35 bucks for one.
     
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  50. jmverdugo

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    Hi guys, I will be in Houston from Oct 4th to 13th, Anyone care for a hitting?

    DizboiDanny, I answer your question in the thread i created, i think I will be staying close to place you mention there.
     
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