Dallas!!

#2
Just found out I'm going to be moving to Dallas, Tx.

How's the tennis scene there? Any recommendations for anything? Thanks guys!
Tennis is Good. Plano has lots of outdoor public clubs like Highpoint tennis, has many different leagues as well as USTA leagues. Good advanced leagues too. but be careful with OLD guys,,,,,some racists in that city still.:shock:
 
#3
Tennis is Good. Plano has lots of outdoor public clubs like Highpoint tennis, has many different leagues as well as USTA leagues. Good advanced leagues too. but be careful with OLD guys,,,,,some racists in that city still.:shock:
Great, thanks for the response Fedace! Do you think it'll be okay to just join an outdoor club, or would it be better to join an indoor one too?
 
#4
Great, thanks for the response Fedace! Do you think it'll be okay to just join an outdoor club, or would it be better to join an indoor one too?
Outdoor clubs are Cheap, almost no membership fee, just pay for the leagues you play in. but there are private Indoor clubs like Brookhaven tennis clubs which has TOP notch Pros that runs the drills and also has many good leagues too. but those Private indoor clubs like Brookhaven and T-bar M(Taylor Dent's father is the touring pro there) have expensive annual membership fees. so it is up to you if you want to put up the big bucks for the private clubs.

but Outdoor public clubs have lots of good leagues and USTA teams so that is cheaper way to go if you choose to do so.:)
 
#5
Awesome cool, I might look into those depending on just how much they are annually.

Appreciate your help man. How many months of the year is it feasible to play outdoors?
 
#6
Awesome cool, I might look into those depending on just how much they are annually.

Appreciate your help man. How many months of the year is it feasible to play outdoors?
All year long, you can play outdoors. but in december and January, it rains alot so that might slow down your game. but then with global warming, soon Dallas will feel like Haiti.....
 

limitup

Professional
#7
Having lived in the area for 7 years I will just say this ... only the most hard core players play outdoors in the summer during the day. Most people simple cannot handle the temps and humidity. There are very VERY few indoor courts, so don't count on that. Your best bet is to play at night in the summer, but that's not very practical for a lot of people.

In the winter it's often too cold to play. It is regularly in the 40s during the day in winter. And it rains a lot and it's windy a lot too. Again only the hard core people play outside when it's like this. It's cold, the balls don't bounce well, and most people just don't love playing tennis enough to play when it's cold.

I'll go so far as to say that Dallas isn't that great for tennis. There are VERY few indoor courts, to the point where you will probably not live anywhere near one or get to play on one. You'll be playing almost exclusively outdoors, and honestly the weather is only great for tennis outdoors a few months a year. The rest of the time it's either too hot or too cold, or too rainy, or too windy.

Just my 2 cents ... coming from someone who relocated from Dallas to San Diego, partly so I can play a lot more tennis.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
#9
My brother lives in the Dallas area, Lavon, TX to be exact. When I have visted in June or July, it is hot. I don't mind it but it is HOT! You'll sweat like crazy and come up w/ all kinds of new ways to play in the heat. I know a poster on these boards named KEVO who lives in Wylie and has a regular game at one of the high schools. I joined him a couple of summers ago to play. He is good.

40 sounds great to me but I know it is all relative. I'd gladly go outside and play in 40 in shorts and long sleaved t-shirt. After running a little, you'll heat up.

I played down there at nearly 100 degrees and it wasn't too bad. I guess it's all in how badly you want to play. Just drink plenty of water and always bring plenty of water, a couple towels, sweatbands, extra socks, shoes, shirts, etc. and you'll be fine.
 
#10
Good luck finding people to play when it's 100 degrees is all I can say. Unless you are at the 5.0+ level, there are not many recreational players that are serious enough about the game to play when it's too hot, too cold, too windy, etc. In the summer the best time to play is early early morning or 8-10pm at night. Only problem at night in the summer is the bugs. You'll normally get a lot of extra protein with all the bugs you'll swallow. :)
 
#11
Do you guys know anything about the uptown area? Abundant courts or not so much? That's where I think I'll live, but I am willing to move a little further from that if there's more convenient tennis elsewhere
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
#12
Oh geez, it's not too hot to play in the summer, I know plenty of guys who live in Dallas and play right after work. Some of them play on their lunch hours in the middle of the day. Maybe the 3.5 and under crowd doesn't play in the summer, but lots of higher level guys do.
 
#13
There's plenty of competitive tennis here. My group of friends play almost year around. During the warm months I avg playing 4-5 a week. During the spring, it always seems windy and does get hot in the summer, but not unplayable. The USTA leagues are really competitive (some teams sandbag, but that seems pretty common) and there are plenty of tournaments you can play. Most of my friends just play at high schools/parks. We typically play in Richardson/Plano area, there are plenty of nice free courts w/ lights. The private clubs give you the option of playing indoors, but if you get used to playing the controlled indoor environment it makes it tougher when playing USTA leagues/tournaments. What's your level? I have a bunch of tennis friends, we are mostly 4.0's and a few 4.5's.
 
#14
There's plenty of competitive tennis here. My group of friends play almost year around. During the warm months I avg playing 4-5 a week. During the spring, it always seems windy and does get hot in the summer, but not unplayable. The USTA leagues are really competitive (some teams sandbag, but that seems pretty common) and there are plenty of tournaments you can play. Most of my friends just play at high schools/parks. We typically play in Richardson/Plano area, there are plenty of nice free courts w/ lights. The private clubs give you the option of playing indoors, but if you get used to playing the controlled indoor environment it makes it tougher when playing USTA leagues/tournaments. What's your level? I have a bunch of tennis friends, we are mostly 4.0's and a few 4.5's.
Okay great, sounds good. I'm a high 4.0, would love to hit with you guys sometime after I get settled in.
 
#15
What!?!!
Too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, bugs....somebody is full of it.
Dallas is one of the best tennis cities in the state (behind only Austin imo) and has by far the biggest USTA leagues (which are played in the summer, during the day).

Winters are fairly mild, you can generally find a few days a week that are ~50 degrees. Plenty warm enough for outdoors.

Summers are HOT no doubt, but plenty of people still play unless you're 80.

By the way, there are few indoor courts b/c you can play year round outdoors. Only private clubs have indoor courts.

Uptown is a little limited for tennis. There are a good number of public courts in good shape. However, there are not any sizable tennis facilities for leagues to play out of. You should be able to find players fairly easily though.
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
#16
Uptown Area you have Cole Park and Seay Tennis Center, off East a few miles is Samuel Grand but area does get a little sketchy. Great thing about Texas is that most HS has tennis courts and for the most part are open to the public outside of school hours and practice. Wish I still lived in Dallas Area, the tennis scene is awesome for especially for the 4.0+ crowd
 
#17
What!?!!
Too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, bugs....somebody is full of it.
Dallas is one of the best tennis cities in the state (behind only Austin imo) and has by far the biggest USTA leagues (which are played in the summer, during the day).

Winters are fairly mild, you can generally find a few days a week that are ~50 degrees. Plenty warm enough for outdoors.

Summers are HOT no doubt, but plenty of people still play unless you're 80.
x2!

W/ all due respect to the poster from San Diego, it's not too hot to play here during the day in the summer. Once you live here and acclimate to it, it's fine, just wear your whites, hat, sunscreen, tons of water, ect. Bugs? WTF?

Winter is fine. Sure there are stretches where a front comes through or what have you, but the average high in the coldest months are still in the 50's, no problem for outdoor tennis.
 
#18
Im also considering going to Dallas from SCal for a job. I know its going to be more difficult to play with the heat, humidity, cold, and bugs. Not sure where to live but probably somewhere NE of dallas. Would be great to live near club with competitive action 4.5+ and some good senior players, I just turned 50. I also like cycling so would also be nice to be near some good open roads or something like the river paths in SCal where one can just get up some good speed and cruise for many miles without concerns with crazy drivers :) TIA for any additional suggestions
 
#20
Hey dude I'm from Dallas, I don't live there now but I'll be back for the summer from the end of June to the end of August. I'm definitely up for playing, and those 100 degree days are no problem for me. Leave a message here if you're interested and we'll get in touch!
 

Sreeram

Professional
#24
I am now in Dallas near Flower Mound. Please let me know if there are players to hit with. I am a male, 4.0 level player in early 30s.
 
#25
Will be spending a lot of time in Dallas starting soon (primarily dtown). I'm an average 5.0 player, typically training with 4.5+ guys. Considering to join private club (TBM or Brookh or ??) for indoor facilities but not sure if it's worth the money. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
 
#26
Will be spending a lot of time in Dallas starting soon (primarily dtown). I'm an average 5.0 player, typically training with 4.5+ guys. Considering to join private club (TBM or Brookh or ??) for indoor facilities but not sure if it's worth the money. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
TBM would be a great choice for good hits and they have a bubble so you can get in winter hits. I was your level when I transported to DFW 7 years ago from SoCal but have not hit regular since and gave up tournaments, usta and challenge matches. Still hit with another TW boarder @dr325i who likes to play AMAP so maybe he can schedule you in :)
 
#27
Dallas has a great tennis scene. Depending on financial circumstances there are a lot of options ranging from high-end country clubs to parks and recreation. Upper end clubs in the Downtown to Far North Dallas corridor include Brook Hollow, Royal Oaks, Northhaven, Bent Tree (Bent Tree has a tennis-only membership option). Others include T-Bar M (middle of the corridor), Lifetime Fitness - Plano (north of the corridor) and to the east towards the DFW Airport are Four Seasons Irving and Las Colinas. All of these clubs have indoor courts. Fretz and Cole Park are outdoor rec center options. Seay Tennis Center at Highland Park HS (perenial state champs) has three new indoor courts and 8 outdoor courts with pros running several weekend and weekday evening drills plus a couple league teams ($350 for annual membership). There is a also a pro that runs several weekday evening drills out of SMU with 4.0-5.0 players. Seay and SMU are only a few mintues from the Uptown area.

Weather ranges from hot and humid to cold and windy, but it is erratic so it is possilbe to play year-round. I play indoors almost exclusively now because with my work schedule I want to know I'm going to play regardless of weather or court availability. And I moved here 5+ years ago from Scottsdale where I got tired of putting sun screen on all the time (late 50's so I have to manage the sun exposure now).
 
#28
Thanks so much LoneStar. I also value time/predictability quite a bit, and for that purpose i plan to contact Brookh & TBM shortly, but if there are cheaper ways to play indoors near-ish downtown with reasonable amount of 4.5-5.0 members i would certainly appreciate an additional pointer? Cheers
 
#29
Thanks so much LoneStar. I also value time/predictability quite a bit, and for that purpose i plan to contact Brookh & TBM shortly, but if there are cheaper ways to play indoors near-ish downtown with reasonable amount of 4.5-5.0 members i would certainly appreciate an additional pointer? Cheers

Dallas has a great tennis scene. Depending on financial circumstances there are a lot of options ranging from high-end country clubs to parks and recreation. Upper end clubs in the Downtown to Far North Dallas corridor include Brook Hollow, Royal Oaks, Northhaven, Bent Tree (Bent Tree has a tennis-only membership option). Others include T-Bar M (middle of the corridor), Lifetime Fitness - Plano (north of the corridor) and to the east towards the DFW Airport are Four Seasons Irving and Las Colinas. All of these clubs have indoor courts. Fretz and Cole Park are outdoor rec center options. Seay Tennis Center at Highland Park HS (perenial state champs) has three new indoor courts and 8 outdoor courts with pros running several weekend and weekday evening drills plus a couple league teams ($350 for annual membership). There is a also a pro that runs several weekday evening drills out of SMU with 4.0-5.0 players. Seay and SMU are only a few mintues from the Uptown area.

Weather ranges from hot and humid to cold and windy, but it is erratic so it is possilbe to play year-round. I play indoors almost exclusively now because with my work schedule I want to know I'm going to play regardless of weather or court availability. And I moved here 5+ years ago from Scottsdale where I got tired of putting sun screen on all the time (late 50's so I have to manage the sun exposure now).
 
#30
Thanks Joe, certainly would be open to that. What does AMAP means? I can't serve these days (shoulder issues) but can train and play baseline games (11s and such).

TBM would be a great choice for good hits and they have a bubble so you can get in winter hits. I was your level when I transported to DFW 7 years ago from SoCal but have not hit regular since and gave up tournaments, usta and challenge matches. Still hit with another TW boarder @dr325i who likes to play AMAP so maybe he can schedule you in :)
 
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