Relocating to Portland, OR in the fall.

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I am moving up to Portland, OR in late August. I was wondering what are some of the tennis options up there? And if I am rated 4.0/4.5 In Northern Califronia. Should i compete at the same level in the Pacific Northwest?
 
#2
I am moving up to Portland, OR in late August. I was wondering what are some of the tennis options up there? And if I am rated 4.0/4.5 In Northern Califronia. Should i compete at the same level in the Pacific Northwest?
Haaaa
I just fleed Portland after 10 yrs !!!

It rains a lot

Portland tennis center is good but you have to join usta or you will never find games
 
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I am moving up to Portland, OR in late August. I was wondering what are some of the tennis options up there? And if I am rated 4.0/4.5 In Northern Califronia. Should i compete at the same level in the Pacific Northwest?
Not exactly a tennis hotbed. If you are 4.5 in NorCal, you better play 5.0 in Portland if you want competitive matches, if you can find other 5.0s that is. You'll probably be courted pretty hard at 4.0 though.
 
#4
Portland offers some good things

The weather and food suck !!!

The good things are :

Classy kind people
Low crime
Safe drivers
Excellent downtown
Superb micro beers and wine yards
Natures paradise if you are a rugged guy who loves camping , hunting , fishing etc.
 
#7
Plenty of suburban clubs, if you're not going to be living in the Portland metro, plus 3 in Vancouver, WA. Don't know much about the various suburban clubs...Seems they run the gamut from $ to $$$.

I'd also correct dgold to say the food is great, and the drivers suck...But that's just me.
 

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I visited over spring break, it rained 6 out of 7 days. The good thing is there are lots of indoor courts, the bad thing is that it's expensive as hell to play there. It wasn't for me....although there are plenty of dispensaries popping up if you're into that.
 

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I visited over spring break, it rained 6 out of 7 days. The good thing is there are lots of indoor courts, the bad thing is that it's expensive as hell to play there. It wasn't for me....although there are plenty of dispensaries popping up if you're into that.
Get used to it.
Tennis and swim are indoor sports in the PNW.
 
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I visited over spring break, it rained 6 out of 7 days. The good thing is there are lots of indoor courts, the bad thing is that it's expensive as hell to play there. It wasn't for me....although there are plenty of dispensaries popping up if you're into that.
That is why I moved to Vegas
 

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A little further up north, we had 3 days of decent weather during a 6 month span. I just don't get why the entire country is trying to move here. We are trapped indoors for at least 8 months of the year. This place sucks enough without a horde of Californians buying up all the $800k starter homes.
Not to mentions n it gets dark at 430pm and doesn't get light out until 8 in the winter...go to work in the dark, come home in the dark
 
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The Portland local league had 10 teams in 5.0 18+ mens. I wouldn't say there are "very few 5.0s in Oregon". There were 18 teams in the 4.5 mens league, and 26 in men's 4.0. I know those aren't NorCal numbers but there are plenty of players at all of those levels. Last year the Portland 4.5 champs made nationals and lost 3-2 to the SoCal team that finished second, with the final match going down to a 3rd set tiebreaker. I would think the levels here would be pretty similar to NorCal.

The funny thing about Portland tennis is that at least at the higher levels tennis seems to have become an indoor winter sport. Most people join a club and play a lot October through April, which is the rainy season here. The 18+ season runs January through April. Then it seems that during the summer a lot of people ditch tennis in favor of golf, boats, hiking, family trips etc. Tennis seems to be slow during the summer. There are a couple public indoor court facilities that are solid but getting court times can be tough.

USTA league is king here. Tournaments are pretty weak other than a couple big ones during the summer.

If you know what part of town you will be living in and what kind of monthly fees you could afford I could make a recommendation about which club to join. I am a 5.0 but I know a ton of 4.5s. I could definitely help you make some connections.

Portland is an awesome city for me, but is not for everyone.
 
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I am moving up to Portland, OR in late August. I was wondering what are some of the tennis options up there? And if I am rated 4.0/4.5 In Northern Califronia. Should i compete at the same level in the Pacific Northwest?
Maybe you can meet up with that "Softservebighands" guy that's posting in the Tips/Technique section about the 100mph forehand. He seems to be wanting to find your level of players to hit with.
 
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