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Ballin’ on a Budget: Places to Play Tennis for Free in NYC

Even as fall approaches, New York City’s tennis courts are always surging in popularity, no matter the time of day.

And from finding a place to play to pay for lessons, it’s understandable why tennis has a reputation for being an expensive sport. If you’re not an NYC Parks permit holder either, the selection of courts is minimal– but there are a few gems hidden throughout the city. Here’s our mini guide on grabbing a court for yourself and your friends in the city– for free!

tennis hudson1a Hudson River Park tennis courts. Photo creds: Stephen Yang | The New York Post

1. Hudson River Park - Greenwich Village

Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, Hudson River Park is open daily from 6 am to midnight (and yes, they have lights!). Their three courts are first-come, first-serve, with an hour maximum if there’s a wait.

octagon Octagon Tennis Courts. Photo creds: RIOC

2. Octagon Tennis Courts - Roosevelt Island

Six courts are available daily on a reservation-only basis from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm. Although the reservation process can be lengthy, players can request a court in advance and play for free.

handball-header NYC Handball Court. Photo creds: Daniel Avila | NYC Parks

3. Hitting walls across NYC

Handball courts are everywhere throughout the city– you can easily find a wall to hit against here. If you’re unsure how to effectively improve your game while using one, we’ve got you! Check out our article on hitting against a wall if you’re looking for an alternative (and fun!) way to train.

And remember to use our newly-designed Court Finder Map– we’re constantly updating courts to play throughout the country, so make sure to keep checking back for more places to hit near you. Hope to see you on the courts soon!

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