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Whether you're an expert or a beginner, the Central Park Tennis Center is a fantastic place to burn off some energy in one of its 30 outdoor courts (26 clay and 4 hard). Mingle with other tennis-obssesed natives in the large waiting area that overlooks the courts, which are surrounded by some of the most beautiful foliage in Central Park.  

Location: Between 93rd and 96th streets near West Drive

2016 Hours:
Open for tennis lessons starting Monday, April 4

Starting Saturday, April 9 (*weather permitting), the tennis court building and clay courts will open. 

Spring hours starting April 4 - 6:30am to 7:00pm

Permits: Tennis permits are required to play at any of the public courts in NYC, except at the Central Park Tennis Center, where it is not manatory to have a permit.  You may either play with a permit or purchase a single play ticket*.

Permits are available at the Arsenal Building located at 830 Fifth Avenue (East 64th Street in Central Park). 212-360-8131. You can also rent a locker for the season and/or purchase single play tickets.

2016 Pricing: Adults $200, Seniors $20 and Juniors $10. You can also purchase single play tickets for $15, as well as rent a locker for the season for $20.  

Tennis Lessons:
If you are looking for instruction, there are many options no matter what your age or experience. You can book a private or semi-private lesson up to one week in advance and a permit is not required. Depending upon the time of day, the cost can range between $84 up to $100 with the head professional pro. Call 212-316-0800 Ext 3/4 for more details, or e-mail:

Please Note: Smooth-soled shoes are required to play tennis. Running shoes are not allowed on the courts. 

Reservations and Condition Information
Please call 212-280-0205 for the 26 Public Clay courts.

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Group Programs and Summer Camps

If you are looking for a group environment you can sign up for weekend camps and clinics offered just for adults. If you are interested in a child becoming involved in the game of tennis, there are after school and summer camp programs for children. The Tiny Tots program for kids ages 4-7, has a 5-1 ratio.  Classes meet once a week and are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-4pm. The emphasis is on fun, focusing on hand and eye coordination, as well as basic skills.

The Juniors program is for kids ages 8-15.  4-5:1 student teacher ratio and classes are one hour. The classes are offered every afternoon, along with classes throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Summer camps are offered for both the Tiny Tots and Juniors. The camps are offered weekly throughout the summer and one must commit to a full week, not by the day. Applications can be found at

Adult Mini-Camps are offered throughout the season on the weekends. These are two-day programs designed to improve your stroke productivity and strategy. Student-to-pro ratio is 4:1, they run 2 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday from 11-1pm or 1-3pm. Cost is $225 per weekend. Camps are broken down into levels from beginner to intermediate.

To find out more details along with schedules and costs, please call 212-316-0800 x6 for more details, visit or e-mail:

*Single Play and reservation tickets are sold at the Tennis Center for $15 cash each.You can purchase as many as you’d like. You will have to use them in the 2016 season only and they are not valid after the season ends.

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