New York

Tennis 101

August 28, 2021

Are you looking to try a new sport? 


Are you looking to pick up a racquet again after a couple years away?


State and local health officials have repeatedly cited tennis as one of the safer options for physical fitness in today's climate, specifically because the sport naturally allows players to maintain social distance from each other. But tennis has always been one of the healthiest activities you can try. A study published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that those who played tennis increased their lifespan by 9.7 years—a larger increase than any other sport. Just as importantly, the game can boost mood and strengthen mental health, according to researchers at the State University of Southern Connecticut. Their study found that tennis players display more optimism and on average become less angry, anxious or depressed than those who play other sports. ADVERTISEMENT And learning tennis will pay dividends throughout your life. Once you grasp the fundamentals, you can play it at any age—even into your 90s.


Learn (or re-learn) the basics of the game in a fun, relaxed, no-pressure environment! Below are a list of clubs and tennis facilities across New York offering introductory tennis programming. Find the right location and fit for you. Keep checking back! We will update listings as we receive more programming information. Click here to see New Jersey introductory tennis programming.


Interested in adaptive programming? Visit the USTA adaptive hub


Already have some experience and want to take your tennis to the next level? Check out what the USTA has to offer:


***Tennis Facilities/Providers: Click here to tell us about your entry-level programming


New York Introductory Tennis Programs


15-LOVE (Albany, Schenectady and Troy, N.Y.)

Program Name: 15-LOVE Adult Tennis

Program Dates: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from September 7-October 9

Description: Adult Tennis entry level tennis lessons and game play. Lessons will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm Lincoln Park in Albany, Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm at Frear Park in Troy and Saturdays from 9:30-10:30am (4-10 year old's plus adults) and 10:30-11:30am (8-18 year old's plus adults) at Michigan Ave in Schenectady.

For more information: Visit 15-LOVE.


Empire Tennis Academy (Rochester, N.Y.)

Program Name: Entry-Low Intermediate

Program Dates: Ongoing

Description: Come learn how to play tennis from Rochester's finest! You will learn basic technique, court coverage, communication, and winning strategies for doubles or singles based on the season. Join with a friend, or meet new friends in our classes! Whether starting for the first time or returning to the court after several years we have a group for you! Register online today so we can get you started asap. Looking forward to seeing you on the court!

For more information: Visit Empire Tennis Academy.


Gillie Tennis Courts (White Plains, N.Y.)

Program Name: Instructional Tennis

Program Dates: Mondays and Tuesdays starting July 26

Description: This program is designed for all level of tennis players. Learn the basics or improve your game.

For more information: Visit Gillie Tennis Courts.


HQ Tennis (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Program Name: Open Court Summer Series

Program Dates: Fridays 5-7 p.m. from May to September.

Description: Everyone is welcome to join HQ Tennis at the Jackie Robinson Tennis Courts in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Fridays from 5-7 p.m. through September. Four courts will be available with instruction for beginners and point play for those who are more advanced. 

For more information: Visit HQ Tennis.


NY Tennis at Central Park (New York, N.Y.)

Program Name: Tennis 2-Day Weekend Program

Program Dates: Ongoing on weekends throughout the summer

Description:  Day programs designed for intense instruction in stroke production and strategy. The Adult Weekend Program is a 4 hour program in which students experience an intense regimen of instruction and supervised play. Adult to Pro ratio is 4 to 1.

For more information: Visit the NYC Parks website.


Port Chester High School Tennis Courts (Port Chester, N.Y.)

Program Name: Growing Tennis Together

Program Dates: July 7 - August 21

Description: The courts will be opened for the Public as well as to have scheduled events for children in grades K – 12th and Adult/ Parent Programs. Free to all participants.

For more information: Visit the Port Chester Recreation website.


Sportime Amagansett (Amagansett, N.Y.)

Program Name: Sportime 101

Program Dates: Ongoing

Description: Sportime 101 is adult clinics for beginners to learn basic skills.

For more information: Visit Sportime Amagansett.


Sportime Bethpage (Bethpage, N.Y.)

Program Name: Teach and Play

Program Dates: Ongoing

Description: We provide elite instruction and fundamentals of tennis to those who are new to the sport of tennis.

For more information: Visit Sportime Bethpage.


Sportime Lynbrook (Lynbrook, N.Y.)

Program Name: Adult Beginner Drill

Program Dates: Ongoing

Description: Instructional clinic for adults looking to start playing tennis.

For more information: Visit Sportime Lynbrook.


Sportime Quogue (East Quogue, N.Y.)

Program Name: Adult Tennis Kinetics

Program Dates: Ongoing

Description: Beginner clinic for adults.

For more information: Visit Sportime Quogue.


Sportime Roslyn (Roslyn, N.Y.)

Program Name: Sportime Tennis 101/Sportime Launch

Program Dates: Summer and Fall

Description: Launching a "tennis career" on the courts of Sportime Roslyn is as easy as contacting Director of Tennis, Jay Harris, at or 516-484-9222.

For more information: Visit Sportime Roslyn.


Sportime Schenectady (Schenectady, N.Y.)

Program Name: Adult Tennis Camp

Program Dates: Eight-weeks from July 5-August 27

Description: All levels welcome! Sportime's Adult Tennis Camp has fun, planned sessions three times a week. Fitness for Tennis is on Mondays. Level-specific instruction is on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Then, players compete in arranged games and matches according to level, with coach feedback and analysis, on Fridays. Play is on outdoor courts and indoor courts will be used when there is inclement weather.

For more information: Email Philippe Ceas at or call 518-356-0100. 


Steven Mingo Tennis (Bronx, N.Y.)

Program Name: Beginner Tennis 101

Program Dates: June 19-July 17

Description: USTA Tennis 101 is designed for new players or returning players to have fun and learn (or even re-learn) the sport. Each class during this 6-session program includes engaging and interactive tennis activities plus fun games so you can build your skills. Participants who complete the program will possess the fundamental skills in order to be confident in enjoying tennis. You do not need any prior tennis experience to enjoy USTA Tennis 101.

For more information: Visit the registration page or email


Sutton East Tennis (New York, N.Y.)

Program Name: Beginner Flex Clinics

Program Dates: Ongoing

Description: These are flexible clinics that take place multiple times per week for beginners. You sign up for each class online or by using their app.

For more information: Visit Sutton East Tennis.


Tri-City Fitness (Latham, N.Y.)

Program Name: Learn to Play

Program Dates: Ongoing

Description: 1-hour clinic for people who have never played tennis.

For more information: Visit Tri-City Tennis.


Youth and Tennis Inc. (Jamaica, N.Y.)

Program Name: Adult Entry Level Tennis

Program Dates: Sundays 4:00pm to 6:00pm year round

Description: We build skills for entry level tennis by developing fundamental tennis strokes such as the forehand, backhand, volley and overhead.

For more information: Visit Youth and Tennis or email


Play tennis in local parks!


Nassau County


Bay Park

Number of tennis courts: 2

198 First Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518

Phone: 516-571-7245


Cantiague Park 

Number of tennis courts: 5

480 West John Street, Hicksville, NY 11801

Phone: 516-571-7056


Cedar Creek Park

Number of tennis courts: 8

3340 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783

Phone: 516-571-7470


Centennial Park

Number of tennis courts: 2

1 E Centennial Avenue, Roosevelt, NY 11575

Phone: 516-571-8695


Cow Meadow Park

Number of tennis courts: 6

701 South Main Street, Freeport, NY 11520

Phone: 516-571-8685


Eisenhower Park

Number of tennis courts: 16

1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11542

Phone: 516-572-0347


Grant Park

Number of tennis courts: 4

1625 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557

Phone: 516-571-7821


Inwood Park

Number of tennis courts: 2

600 Bayview Avenue, Inwood, NY 11096

Phone: 516-571-7800


Nickerson Beach

Number of tennis courts: 2

880 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach, NY 11562

Phone: 516-571-7700


North Woodmere Park

Number of tennis courts: 10

750 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream, NY 11581

Phone: 516-571-7800


Rev Arthur Mackey, Sr. Park

Number of tennis courts: 2

49 Lakeside Drive, Roosevelt, NY 11575

Phone: 516-571-8692


Wantagh Park

Number of tennis courts: 5

1 King Road, Wantagh, NY 11793

Phone: 516-571-7460


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