Your Favorite Tennis Court You've Played On

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  1. stringertom

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    Mine was an indoor court on the Long Island Phipps estate. Mr. Phipps (I believe he was Carnegie's business partner) had a glass-roofed building constructed to play on during the colder months in NY. My ex-roommate was allowed to live in the building and teach in trade for upkeep, improvements and lessons to family members. He immediately bought the rubberized carpet used @MSG for the Masters and placed it over the wood-plank floor. What a great, comfortable surface to play on! Medium-fast and moderate bounce height.

    I played many times there. My most vivid memory was watching MNF after a hit with my friend and receiving the news that John Lennon had been shot. We couldn't believe Cosell's statement but, sadly, it was true.

    How about yours???
     
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  2. jaggy

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    Ive played on a lot of fun courts, red clay and grass in Europe, hard courts in California (Rancho Valencia was very nice) but my favorite was a Har-Tru court at a country club in West Indianapolis, near Butler University dont recall the club name. I played in a usta league game there. Nice well maintained court, even bounce just a great surface to play on, suited all styles of play.
     
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  3. anhuynh16

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    My absolute favorite court I've played on was here in Houston. Its at a place called The Forest Club. It's very hard to get a membership there- you must be invited or have a relationship with club. My friend is a member there. It's is about 5 min from my house. It's located in the Memorial area of houston. There are 9 orange-yellowish clay courts there and 10 HCs. I play with my friend there weekly, lots of trees so it feels like 90 degrees when its 106 (like today!).

    I just love how their clay plays!
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Harbor Point in Sausalito/Belvedere. New g/f gave me the tour, introduced me to one of the lower level teaching pros, and I played him even for 2 sets (2 tiebreakers). Just the right bounce and speed, not too grippy, no skids or sliding.
     
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    When I lived in Moscow, I used to go hit with a friend on the weekends over at the CSKA (Red Army sports club). They had a bunch of clay courts scattered around with trees everywhere. Some were fenced in individually, which doesn't sound all that unusual until you actually play on one. I'd never played on a court that didn't have at least one other court right next to it.

    Anyways, those were pretty nice courts.
     
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    In the Presidio, SanFrancisco, there are 18 semi private courts, the Officer's Club courts the best, all individually wrapped, surrounded by trees, clean new surfaces, and always well swept and washed.
     
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    This is a quaint old fashioned club (founded in 1879) in Cork City called Sunday's Well. Small bar overlooking the River Lee out the back where you can see herons and even salmon. The rules say you have to wear mostly white, the courts are all weather courts (work great in Irish rain,trust me) and the level of tennis is fantastic...
     
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    Mines was Rexall Centre Court. The court were oddly gritty.....felt like if you fell it might scrape skin badly.
     
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    Back when I lived in DC in the early 90's there was a group of har tru courts in Rock Creek Park called the Pierce Mill Courts. They weren't fancy, but they were set off in the woods and I loved to play there in the evenings. The guy who ran the place was a good friend of mine and we'd close the place down and then go to Adams Morgan for some food. Life was pretty simple then. The courts closed down shortly after I left DC.
     
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    Rivers Street courts at my alma mater, App State. Nothing special, but it was home.
     
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    My favourite and nicest court I've played on is margaret court arena in Melbourne park. But any of the courts there are a pleasure to play on, but hitting in a stadium used by the pros is fun
     
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  12. stringertom

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    Not nice to make OP jealous!
     
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    Windmill hill,Hastings
     
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    - Albotenis, Guayaquil Ecuador, South America: My parents would send me down for summer vacation year after year. My family lived near a small "rec center" with hard courts and red clay courts, so my folks registered me for tennis lessons there and I've been in love with the game (and the dirt) ever since. I can still remember the smell of coffee in the air, along with the morning heat. Almost 20 years later, whenever I get a chance to visit, I still stop by to practice with the pros there.

    - Broad Channel, Queens New York: So after acquiring some decent tennis skills as a junior, I would travel all over the greatest borough in NYC to play. A friend of mine at the time found these 2 HCs next to Jamaica Bay behind the library (still there!) that we both swore played like the Australian Open. We'd battle it out like Sampras vs. Agassi and then grab Slurpees at the 7-11.
     
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    Dave, are the Queens courts you describe on the Rockaway peninsula in Belle Harbor? If so, I use to play on them back in the 70's! It was crazy windy because we had no screens and Jamaica Bay was a shank away from one baseline. There was a wall nearby to hit against while waiting for the courts to clear.
     
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  16. DCaicedo

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    Ha! Hey Tom- nope not those. I know exactly the ones you're talking about- aren't they part of the high school's? Never played on them.

    No, these are off Cross Bay Blvd right before going through the toll booths.
     
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  17. norbac

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    Just hit on center court of the local public tennis facility (its usually closed). Awesome hit, love the acoustics of the court; since it's surrounded by buildings and bleachers the sound is amplified.
     
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    Lago di Como, Italy. The courts were located next to the lake's shore. After each changeover you either looked at the water or the mountains. Some of the best maintained clay courts I ever played.
     
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    River oaks clay courts were fun, but my favorite had to be center court at westside tennis club here in houston
     
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    The High School is Beach Channel H.S. its on the Rockaway Penninsula facing the bay- the beach and board walk is across the street from he front of the school - sorry to say I am told it was closed this spring due to demographics - when I was there from 1975 - 1979 we had 4,000 students!

    We had at one time 10 tennis courts and from 77 - 79 had one of the top tennis teams in the NE, every single player who graduated from that time had offers and played at D1 and beyond.
     
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  21. gavna

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    Broad Channel at the other end of the Penninsula - towards JFK to the east. Belle Harbor more towards Breezy Point (west) - Belle Harbor/Breezy Pt one of those hidden gems of NYC hat no one knows about, lots of $$$$ and with the very nice beaches...etc you get the benefits of living in NYC but in an idyllic setting....great place. My HS girlfriend was from there and took multiple bus trips to get there from Forest Hills!!!!
     
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  22. Ash_Smith

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    Haven't technically played on, but have walked on..Centre at Wimbledon.

    Cheers
     
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  23. DCaicedo

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    Gavna,
    one of these days I'm going to stop by Forest Park and take a picture of it for ya.
     
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    Breezy Point...aka the Irish Riviera was my haunt during the mid-70's! My in-laws had owned a bungalow for summer-only residence for decades. They "winterized" it in '74 and moved from Brooklyn just as I married their daughter and moved to NY. We took an apartment on Beach 121st on the Atlantic side, immediately off the boardwalk. My commute to work in Manhattan was a short ride over the Marine Park bridge (toll was a quarter!) to Sheepshead Bay and a ride on the D train...much faster than the alternative through Queens from B116th St.

    Sad to hear about the high school! I moved to LI shortly after the '77 blackout...my work was out there by then so it made more sense to live closer to Syosset/Woodbury. But, while I was there in Rockaway it was fun to rush home for maybe an hour of pre-dark courttime and some all-day weekend sessions. I organized and carpooled a group of players over to Daddy Gerulaitis' indoor club in Howard Beach so we could play after October. All we could afford was 7-8am on Saturdays. Man, that was COLD as they left the heat off overnight. I made the mistake of bringing a box of Tretorn pressureless balls one morning. They bounced about a foot off the ground! We had to spring for a can in the proshop, a real stretch at the time!
     
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  25. gavna

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    Wow we must have met.....we lived in Howard Beach (153rd ave) for a few yrs and I took lessons with Papa Gerulaitis, we lived like 5 blocks from the facility! Beach Channel opened in 1976 as a magnet school with a focus in Marine Biology and Ocean Sciences ( huge thing in NYC to have specialized schools like Aviation HS, Music and Art, Art and Design..etc). I graduated in 79 and went to play at Houston and never went back to NYC other than visits. I heard this past Dec that Beach Channel was due to close, sad.
     
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    I have driven past the park at least 100 times over the last few years on trips to NYC for work or going to the open.....I have NEVER stopped by to see the old courts. I understand the old red clay is LOOOONG gone and now the city has 10 hard courts???? I usually stay at the Hilton at JFK (I'm in town about every 6 to 8 weeks) and when possible I make my way down to Riverside and try to play on the clay there.
     
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    Favorite courts I have played on were Stadium Court at Key Biscayne. During the Orange Bowl, a few of us officials went out and hit on the Stadium

    Court 11 at the US Open.

    Grass courts at Forest Hills in New York.
     
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    The carpet courts in my home town. The lights focus on the courts, making the surroundings a bit darker, they're very fast and it's where I learned how to play tennis. Really, it's home, and I got very saddened when I heard that they were going to replace the carpets with regular hard court come the indoor season.
     
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  29. West Coast Ace

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    Court on the roof of the Hyatt in Melbourne, Australia; surrounded by taller office buildings. Very cool.

    Favorite 'almost': my hotel in Monaco arranged for a hit at the Country Club; a few weeks before the ATP event. I arrived and apparently a number of members had made last minute appearances because I was bumped. So I got to watch the grounds crew get Center Court ready.
     
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    Our favorite court in Paris - best kept secret in the city - my son having to sweep the clay...hahahaha

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    Our favorite set of courts period.....in Llafranc, Spain where we spend most of our summers......son starting to play ITF this summer. Awesome club with more than a dozen of these babies.


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    Epic courts at Crandon Park. Got to hit there last week- but I really liked this one:

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