How far do you drive in order to play?

I have local courts within 5 minutes of my house.
For winter, I join a club that is 20 mins. away.

I hit with guys anywhere from 3.0 to 4.5
I'm glad I tried to develop "serious" strokes, and hitting partners are plentiful.

I remind myself that many people do not have this luxury.
I feel bad for 5.0 level players who have no one to hit with.

How far do you drive in order to play?
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
3 minutes. Most of the time I take my bike so its 6 minutes.

I consider myself lucky to live close to a top notch tennis facility.
 

TypeRx

Semi-Pro
I have good courts 3 mins from me but based on quality/quantity of players and courts I drive between 20-25 minutes for most matches/hitting (5-6x/week). No biggie....

I would be pissed if people I was supposed to play wildly misrepresented themselves if I drove 45+ minutes for a match. By wildly misrepresented, I have no problem playing up but not down (by more than 1/2 an NTRP level).
 

Cashman

Professional
I have a complex with 3x carpet and 2x hardcourts about half a block away. The nearest grass is about a 10min walk, and that's my preferred venue for casual hitting.

I play most of my competition at a carpet club about 15min drive away.

On the odd occasion I want to torture myself, I drive to the nearest claycourts (about 30min away).
 
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OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
If you have an iPhone you know that little alert that shows up when you leave your house or office? ... it usually says X minutes to Home or X minutes to work ...

Whenever I leave the house it says 12 minutes to Darling Tennis Center ..... how I know I go to the club too often ...

So ... to my club for practice/clinic or hitting or home league matches: 12 minutes

To my favorite public park (newly resurfaced, great lights, 8 courts and clean bathrooms) 18 minutes

Just want to practice serves ... nearby court that is in terrible condition: 8 minutes by foot

Furthest distance for league match 35 minutes (including time to get through guard gate)
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
I drive 35 minutes from Central Orange County to the coast to play at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach. The quality of players there is worth the effort.


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GripItNRipIt

New User
45 minutes to tournament location this weekend. Last week I played a league match that was a 50 minute drive to/from. All in the Little Rock metro area; I live north of town but the facilities are spread all over the place. Local practice is at my high school public courts, since the closest "club" is a 30 minute drive. Luckily I have several 4.0s and a 4.5 to practice with.
 

leech

Rookie
Closest USTA venue is 10 minutes away, but I've driven two hours for a league match as recently as two weeks ago. To be fair, it would have taken "just" 50 minutes, but it was at the height of DC rush hour traffic.
 

Big Ed

Rookie
my closest league team is 1.5 hrs away. so, yeah i guess i love competition. our opponents are sometimes 2 hrs away. i envy you fellas that have a league team close.
Big Ed
 

WhiteOut

Semi-Pro
generally ~20 mins for league matches. school/club courts within 3-7 mins for social. a few times a year will drive ~1-1.25 hrs for league matches.
 

schmke

Hall of Fame
My club is 13 minutes from home in normal traffic. USTA matches are generally 20-45 in normal traffic.

But one facility is about a 90 minute drive, and another requires taking a ferry (or a 2-2.5 hour drive one way). The first think you look for when schedules come out is A) are either of those teams in your flight and if so B) you hope it is a home and not away match.
 

IA-SteveB

Hall of Fame
My club is 8 miles away. I think I am lucky to even have a club to go in my city considering the closest other club is 59 miles away. We have tons of public courts to choose from but just one club for year round play. There is just one USTA tournament in my town and the rest that I play in are 60-90 miles away.
 

Cawlin

Semi-Pro
On a daily basis, I walk about 125 steps from my front door to the tennis courts in our subdivision. I know it's 125 steps because I work from home as well, and my Fitbit reminds me every hour to get up and move around if I haven't walked 250 steps. A trip to the courts and back is just about exactly 250 steps for me. The courts are decent, nothing great, but certainly serviceable and reasonably maintained. They will be getting resurfaced this August.

For lessons, I've driven as far as 15 minutes - currently I have a coach that travels to my courts though.

One of my men's dubs team's home courts are about 20 minutes away with no traffic - up to 40 in heavy traffic - the other team is about a 10 minute drive, 15 with traffic.

For "away" matches, I might drive as far as 45 minutes, but that is relatively rare.

There are several fantastic municipal facilities within 10 minutes drive of me, and probably two dozen subdivisions with tennis courts and teams whihin 15 minutes drive as well.
 
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OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
On a daily basis, I walk about 125 steps from my front door to the tennis courts in our subdivision. I know it's 125 steps because I work from home as well, and my Fitbit reminds me every hour to get up and move around if I haven't walked 250 steps. A trip to the courts and back is just about exactly 250 steps for me. The courts are decent, nothing great, but certainly serviceable and reasonably maintained. They will be getting resurfaced this August.

For lessons, I've driven as far as 15 minutes - currently I have a coach that travels to my courts though.

One of my men's dubs team's home courts are about 20 minutes away with no traffic - up to 40 in heavy traffic - the other team is about a 10 minute drive, 15 with traffic.

For "away" matches, I might drive as far as 45 minutes, but that is relatively rare.

There are several fantastic municipal facilities within 10 minutes drive of me, and probably two dozen subdivisions with tennis courts and teams whihin 15 minutes drive as well.
Atlanta right? Tennis heaven ... I am guessing the ratio of tennis court to resident is higher than anywhere else in the country, perhaps even the world.

Some of my favorite courts there were the non-competition courts on top of the athletic center at Emory ... about 4 story building, perfectly maintained, great lighting and lovely view.
 

Cawlin

Semi-Pro
Atlanta right? Tennis heaven ... I am guessing the ratio of tennis court to resident is higher than anywhere else in the country, perhaps even the world.

Some of my favorite courts there were the non-competition courts on top of the athletic center at Emory ... about 4 story building, perfectly maintained, great lighting and lovely view.
Yeah, I live about 35 miles north of Atlanta, and as they say, you can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting a tennis court... I think it's even more dense with tennis courts as you get closer to the city. I haven't been to Emory since around 1989 or 90 playing baseball against them on Spring Break, and have never seen that tennis facility.
 

ChrisG

New User
I live in Paris, France, and my tennis club is 5min from home (motorcycle distance 8-B).
I play tournaments a lot and I set myself a 30-35 min ride limit . Once, I hit the 1h mark, but I really love tennis hehe :-D
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I live about 35 miles north of Atlanta, and as they say, you can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting a tennis court... I think it's even more dense with tennis courts as you get closer to the city. I haven't been to Emory since around 1989 or 90 playing baseball against them on Spring Break, and have never seen that tennis facility.
I was in grad school there at about the same time ... they were there then ... no idea if they are still
 

darkhorse

Semi-Pro
For USTA, if I have to drive more than 30 minutes for a league match, I'm out. Construction/traffic around here is way too frustrating to have to spend more time than necessary on the road, and I don't play well angry. Luckily most of the league matches are at 9pm so traffic isn't an issue
 

dlk

Hall of Fame
2 courts, in my housing addition, 3 minute walk. Indoor facilities/clinics/leagues/matches around 30-45 minute drive.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
I have 2 high schools with outdoor courts within about a mile from my house. My tennis club with indoor courts is about 4 miles away. Within our local USTA League, all matches are in a 50 mile radius, so it's not bad unless traffic is messed up. Sectionals was in a place that was a 6 hour drive from here for a few years, but they recently brought it back to where I live for the divisions I play in, which is really nice.
 

Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
Thirty to 45 minutes for league matches. If I just wanted to hit with a friend, there are courts three minutes away.

I refuse to play leagues where I would have to drive during rush hour. And I won't play leagues where the timed matches are shorter than the round trip drive time (e.g. Northern Virginia).
 

Topaz

Legend
Anywhere from two minutes to 90 depending on where my match is. 25 minutes for clinic. 2 minutes to get to the court at my building.
 

rst

Rookie
when i lived in reno nv nearly all tournaments were in sacramento area approx 100 miles or so. a couple at tahoe.
 

stapletonj

Professional
regular play.... 15 mins. 1X a week .5 hours each way. winter, at least .5

tournaments. at least 1 hour away, except for one that is only .5 hours away.
 

Janssoni

New User
15 min car drive to my club's courts.
To tournaments: up to 6 hours cos there is not many tournaments near my place. Tournament weekends are quite expensive sometimes if u stay nights at hotel. :) But I love tennis so why not do it.
 
For practicing and some tournaments - 4 minutes on the bike in summer, 2 minutes on feet in winter. For majotiy of the tournaments - 1.5 hours on public transport.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
most of my practice matches are 5 to 10 minutes from my house. league matches require travel quite a bit though. our local league has a 50 mile limit so on rare occasions, you can drive an hour. typical league match is probably closer to 20 minute average until you get to playoffs.
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
4 minute bike ride to my closest (crappy public) court , 10 min bike (4-5 min car) to nice public courts, 5 min car to home league matches (HS courts), 30ish min to away league matches. Year round free courts in California!
 

undecided

Semi-Pro
Most practice hitting and matches within 10-20 minutes max.
League play can be up to an hour away but it's getting old so I may drop it after this season.
 
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