Visiting National Tennis Center

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  1. Dberger820

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    I am going to be in NYC next week for a day on business. Will have some extra time and have never been to the city before. As a tennis fan, I am immediately drawn to the NTC. I saw online there are "behind the scenes" tours for $25. Has anyone been on this and would it be worth it? Are there any tennis shops worth hitting up in the city as well when I'm there?

    Thought about getting a court for an hour to be able to say I've played where all the greats have played, but seems like it is tough to reserve one.
     
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  2. Chas Tennis

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    I've been to the US Open many times but don't know about the rest of the year.

    For transportation, if from Manhattan, I'd recommend the number 7 subway line. It has a stop for Shea Stadium and the US Open tennis grounds.

    The Statue of Liberty is a great trip (maybe about 3 hours) and the ferry ride shows the harbor of NYC. Something special there to see and especially to feel the scale of it all.
     
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    Yes- the tour is worth it. But call in advance to make sure they have someone guiding the tour. Locker rooms, dining areas, AA stadium- if you're a fan, you'll like it.

    In terms of playing outside on the courts, forget it- it's going to be cold. Play indoors and you'll be fine. Especially during the day- there's barely anyone there.
     
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    ^^ I would be wary of looking for a subway stop for "Shea Stadium" as it no longer exists. It was replaced a few years ago by Citi Field.
     
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    Ended up just stopping by and walking around the grounds some. Very eerie as I was literally the ONLY person on the grounds. Trying to imagine thousands of people around me was difficult. Wish I could have walked into Arthur Ashe, but it was all closed up.
     
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