Beginner, pro and everything between; Tampa has a slot that will fit any tennis player’s desire. Considered one of the hubs for nurturing tennis’ next professional, the area has top-notch facilities all easily within grasp. Plus, for those that just want to learn the sport and/or play with your fellow rival/friend, there are a sufficient amount of public and private courts that are kept in pristine condition all year around.
Tampa Tennis at HCC
3901 Tampa Bay Blvd
Tampa, FL 33614
Tampa Tennis at HCC is a full-service tennis station. With 41 courts encompassing hard and clay surfaces, there is plenty of room for all-comers to either learn and/or enhance their respective game. Tennis may be one of the pricier sports to take up, yet HCC has a number of affordable programs that will get you match ready in no time. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come out.
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Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex
1000 Edenville Ave
Clearwater, FL 33764
Price: Varies with programs – Click here for details
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat and Sun – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex encompasses a pay-to-play arrangement. It is similar to joining a serious tennis gym. That said, all levels of play are welcomed to drop-in and get a feel for the sport, but you will find that many advanced players populate these courts. The price is fairly reasonable though, and one will not likely break the bank trying to figure out if this sport is something they want to pursue seriously. Instructional workshops are available, and the facility does host competitive league play throughout the year.
Sandra W. Freedman Tennis Complex
59 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33606
Hours: Mon – Fri – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 8 a.m.to 6 p.m.
Where should the tennis enthusiasts go who are simply looking to play a pick-up match? Just like there are public basketball courts and soccer fields throughout a city, numerous open tennis courts are easily accessible as well. For instance, right behind the University of Tampa, there are eight hard courts that are on a first come, first serve basis. If those happened to be during your desired play time, then one could make the short drive over to the nearby YMCA where at least four hard courts are also readily available on the same first come, first serve philosophy. Aside from a Saturday mornings, one should be able to just walk on and start playing. If mornings aren’t your thing, then enjoy one of the courts equipped with nighttime lighting. Click here for a complete list of public courts.
Innisbrook Tennis Center
36750 US Hwy 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Price: Varies – Click here for details
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One of the premiere tennis centers in the area, Innisbrook holds all the tools to take your tennis game to the next level. Detailed hands-on instruction and state-of-the-art facilities has enabled Innisbrook to have a reputation of being a fine tennis university. Although it’s located near the outskirts of the Bay area, the knowledge one will receive here makes it worth the journey for those ready to immerse themselves in the game. After you’ve worked your body in a game of tennis, make it worth the drive by indulging in their fine resort benefits.
5700 Saddlebrook Way
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
If the above was comparable to a university, then Saddlebrook is the Ivy League school of tennis. This place is literally a tennis heaven. Even some of today’s active ATP & WTA pros still come in to sharpen their skills at this facility. Saddlebrook wants everyone who steps through its hallowed doors to realize their full tennis potential. They are aware though, that by guiding someone to that level, there needs to be a reward. With the resort style set-up, the pain of becoming better is truly worth the grind when having access to all their lavish amenities; hence why so many people book this program as a vacation. Saddlebrook sets the standard for the area, but be prepared to pay somewhat handsomely for their rewards.
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