| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

New York Tennis Magazine presents your 2012 Guide to New York Tennis Clubs, a closer look at the area's top clubs, including: The Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy, Go! Tennis, Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, Midtown Tennis Club, New York Tennis Club, Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, SPORTIME Randall’s Island, Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park, TCR—The Club of Riverdale, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and West Side Tennis Club.

 

 

 

 

Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy
235 East 49th Street ♦ New York, N.Y.
(212) 832-1833 ♦ CATSNY.com ♦ catsturtlebay@gmail.com

For over 75 years, the Seewagen Family has known that physical competence empowers children to develop a healthy self-esteem. In 1984, CATS developed a unique cross-training curriculum with the assumption that if a child achieves success the child will have more fun. Through interaction, students are given the steps to achieve their goals. The more success a child has the more fun the child will have leading to a lifelong love of being active. The Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy is proud to be the first of its kind in New York City devoted entirely to the USTA's 10 & Under Tennis program. We use an all-new method of teaching tennis established by the USTA and the ITF. Butch Seewagen, co-founder and athletic director of CATS, is a former top 70 world-class touring pro who competed at Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open.

 



Go! Tennis
34-28 214th Place ♦ Bayside, N.Y.
(718) 224-6303 ♦ GoTennisPrograms.com

Go! Tennis Programs are operated at North Shore Tennis and Racquets Club in Bayside, Queens. North Shore has 14 outdoor Har-Tru courts, 10 that are bubbled for the indoor season. Players are provided with beautifully-maintained courts, as well as excellent lighting and heat. The club also boasts a beautifully appointed clubhouse featuring spacious locker rooms, lounge, and a full service bar and grill.

Go! Tennis Programs are under the direction of 35-year tennis veteran George Garland. The junior program caters to players of all ages and skill levels, from QuickStart through Tournament Team. The program is known for its high level of instruction.

Go! Tennis also offers a wide range of programs geared for adults. Whether its competitive leagues, clinics, drills, or private lessons, Go! Tennis has it all. An attentive, caring professional staff, coupled with first-rate facilities, make Go! Tennis at North Shore Tennis and Racquets Club the place to play.

 

 



Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club
Credit: Photo by MPRC member Sam Kanter, courtesy of MPRC
450 West 43rd Street ♦ New York, N.Y.
(212) 594-0554 ♦ AdvantageTennisClubs.com ♦ info@mprcnyc.com

Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club (MPRC), an Advantage Tennis Club, located at 450 West 43rd Street (between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue) in New York City (open Monday-Sunday from 6:00 a.m. until midnight), offers luxury tennis in the heart of Manhattan with five indoor championship hard courts, air-conditioning in the summer, a luxurious duplex clubhouse with terrace, a new tennis bubble, private lessons and group lessons for all ages and levels, game arranging, quality tennis programs for members and non-members, leagues, tennis camps, parties, doubles play, tournaments, a pro shop with stringing services, and nice locker rooms. Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club membership includes a full membership to Manhattan Plaza Health Club. MPRC members can fully access the Health Club’s many fitness classes, climbing walls, gym, glass enclosed swimming pool, sundeck, sauna and more. There is indoor parking also available on the premises.

MPRC’s most popular program for members is game arranging that follows the NTRP rating system. MPRC has some of the best tennis-teaching professionals in New York City who offer private lessons and group lessons.

MPRC offers several categories of membership, including the Advantage Passport Tennis/Sports MultiClub Membership to Roosevelt Island Racquet Club & Sports Park and the New York Tennis Club. For membership information, contact MPRC Assistant Manager and Membership Director Calvin Sharpe at (212) 594-0554. MPRC also offers season/open tennis time, and for more information on these opportunities, contact MPRC Manager Gertrud Wilhelm at (212) 594-0554. For more information on tennis lessons and Adult Tennis Programs, contact MPRC Assistant Tennis Director Bruce Barney at (212) 594-0554. MPRC also offers QuickStart, and for more information, contact MPRC Director of Programs Outreach Gil Amar at (212) 594-0554.



Midtown Tennis Club
341 8th Avenue ♦ New York, N.Y.
(212) 989-8572 ♦ MidtownTennis.com

Midtown Tennis Club is Manhattan's original indoor tennis facility conveniently located in the heart of New York City. Situated on 8th Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets, Midtown Tennis Club is easily accessible by public transportation. In a city filled with commitments and membership dues, it’s a breeze to reserve at Midtown for an hour or more of court time, a private lesson or one of Midtown’s clinics.
Midtown has four indoor Har-Tru courts for year-round use and four outdoor Har-Tru courts which are bubbled and heated during the winter months. Midtown’s outdoor season enables City-dwellers to play on our open-air courts with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

Midtown offers an extensive team of tennis professionals who are available to provide lessons to all ages and levels. If you are looking to develop your existing skills, learn new techniques, get a great cardio workout or prepare for your next tournament, Midtown has a pro for whatever your interest.

Midtown’s clinics are offered for total beginners and all levels up to competition players. Sign up for one month, one day or all year. The Friday Night Round-Robin is a popular event in the winter season which attracts intermediate to advanced players looking for friendly doubles matches. It is a great way to meet new tennis friends.

Midtown is now the home of John Curtis’s Manhattan Tennis Academy, Midtown’s new Junior Development Program. John’s after-school classes are available for juniors of all ages and levels. The Manhattan Tennis Academy also will feature the USTA 10-and-Under program and will offer small classes beginning in September.



New York Tennis Club
3081 Harding Avenue ♦ Throgs Neck (Bronx), N.Y.
(718) 239-7919 ♦ AdvantageTennisClubs.com ♦ lhartman.nytci@gmail.com

Founded in 1886, New York Tennis Club is the oldest active tennis club in New York, as 2012 marks New York Tennis Club’s 127th consecutive season. Throughout the years, it has maintained a reputation for its restful atmosphere, the congeniality of its members and its professional approach to a truly popular sport. With new patio and viewing deck and six newly resurfaced Har-Tru courts, The New York Tennis Club is a haven in a quiet corner of the City. Convenient to Manhattan, Queens and lower Westchester, New York Tennis Club is also the best value in the Tri-State area. Sit back and relax in New York Tennis Club’s recently renovated clubhouse and lounge, grab a bite to eat at the snack bar or unwind in the remodeled locker rooms. There is also on-site racquet stringing in the pro-shop and ample free parking located on the premises.

For the outdoor season, New York Tennis Club offers unlimited summer play from May through October. Members can play as much tennis as they wish and soak up the sun on lush lawns surrounded by flower gardens, sit in the shade of willow trees or have lunch on a covered patio or in the clubhouse, offering eating facilities, locker rooms and showers. The indoor season offers the same high-quality courts during the winter at competitive rates. New York Tennis Club Indoors features two climate-controlled bubbles, equipped with shadow-less, non-glare lighting, offering hourly court time with rates between $34-$70 per court, as well as seasonal court options. Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, and no membership is required.

The Club offers adult programs for skill sets of all levels. Program offerings include singles and doubles leagues, a comprehensive game arranging program for both singles and doubles players, private and group instruction for all levels, cardio-tennis classes, and tennis parties with guests are welcome. Whether you are new to tennis, or want to take your game to the next level, The New York Tennis Club has a program for you.

The Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Program at New York Tennis offers year-round classes, camps, and programs for all ages and levels. There are QuickStart classes for ages four through nine, summer and holiday camp programs, after-school programs, tournament training for advanced competitive players, and match play. During the school year, classes are offered both after school and on Saturdays. The Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camp offers one-week sessions from mid-June through the end of August.

We are very excited to offer Advantage Passport Membership, which offers our members a whole new level of benefits and access. Passport memberships include free summer court time on reserved courts at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (RIRC) and New York Tennis Club, plus membership privileges at Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, Manhattan Plaza Health Club and New York Tennis Club. For more information, call Manager Lauren Hartman, or Director of Adult Programs & Advantage Sea and Sports Camp Paul Fontana at (718) 239-7919.



Roosevelt Island Racquet Club
281 Main Street ♦ Roosevelt Island, N.Y.
(212) 935-0250 ♦ RIRCTennis.com ♦ netennis@aol.com

Now in its 20th year of operation, Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (RIRC) is part of Advantage Tennis Clubs. Roosevelt Island Racquet Club is conveniently located on beautiful Roosevelt Island, New York City’s oasis in the East River. The Club features 12 Lee green clay courts under translucent bubbles with shadowless, non-glare lighting, heated and air-conditioned for comfortable year-round play. The exercise room includes a treadmill, exercise bikes, elliptical trainers and free weights to accommodate almost any workout. The Club boasts a completely stocked pro shop, locker room facilities, two social lounges, Riverview Lounge with a breathtaking view of Manhattan’s skyline, a snack bar and free parking.
RIRC is easily accessible by tram, subway or car (free on-site parking). The Roosevelt Island Tram (from 60th Street and 2nd Avenue) stops adjacent to the Club, and the subway (F Train) stops one block from the club. Members also have use of an indoor swimming pool and fitness center next door in the Sports Park.

RIRC offers a wide range of adult programs for players of all levels. Program offerings range from the Advanced Singles League for the experienced competitive player, to Beginner Group Lessons for people new to the sport of tennis. Cardio-tennis is one of the Club’s most popular programs and is offered daily for those looking to combine a cardio workout with tennis. Whatever your goal, there is a program for you!

The Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Program offers year-round classes, camps and programs for all ages and levels. There are QuickStart classes for ages four through nine, summer and holiday camp programs, after-school programs, tournament training for advanced competitive players, and match play. During the school year, classes are offered both after-school and on Saturdays. The Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camp offers one-week sessions from mid-June through the end of August.

Roosevelt Island Racquet Club offers a Gold Membership that includes full Club privileges, 14-day advance reservation privileges, member court fees with an average savings of $35 per court hour, game arranging and member discount on all programs. The Club is excited to offer Advantage Passport Membership, which offers members a whole new level of benefits and access. Passport Memberships include free summer court time on reserved courts at RIRC and New York Tennis Club, plus membership privileges at Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, Manhattan Plaza Health Club and New York Tennis Club. For more information, contact Gordon Kent, Tom Manhart or Kimberly Latif at (212) 935-0250.



SPORTIME Randall’s Island
One Randall’s Island ♦ New York, N.Y.
(212) 427-6150 ♦ 
SportimeNY.com/Manhattan ♦ membershipri@sportimeny.com
SPORTIME Randall’s Island, a state-of-the-art, 20-court facility located on Randall’s Island in Manhattan, is the home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA). New York sports legend John McEnroe opened his world-class training academy in the world’s greatest city in September 2010. JMTA is led by Lawrence Kleger, SPORITME’S executive director of tennis, who has trained more ranked juniors than anyone in the history of the USTA Eastern Section. Lawrence is also the personal coach of JMTA’s Noah Rubin, a top American tennis prospect who recently reached his career-best of 14th in the ITF junior world ranking for boys 18 & Under. JMTA staff is comprised of experienced teaching professionals, including Assistant Academy Directors Fritz Buehning, Bruce Haddad, Karim Balagh and Nate Emge. Fritz is a former world top 20 player and U.S. Open finalist, Bruce is a two-time All-American at Arizona State University, Karim has coached with the Moroccan Davis Cup team, and Nate is a former number one player at the University of Kentucky and an assistant coach at Michigan State University.

In addition to world-class junior tournament training program, SPORTIME Randall’s Island offers the best New York City has to offer for adult players of all levels. We have a wide range of adult tennis and fitness offerings, including group clinics and private lessons, taught by the same great teaching pros who are training the next Johnny Mac at JMTA.

The club also offers adult singles and doubles leagues, private and group personal training in its well-equipped fitness center, and a variety of monthly events where you can meet new people as you improve your tennis. Members enjoy preferred rates for court times and seasonal courts.

SPORTIME Randall’s Island features 160,000-square feet of tennis courts and amenities, including five indoor and five indoor/outdoor Deco-Turf tennis courts, and 10 indoor/outdoor Har-Tru clay tennis courts. All 20 courts are available for year-round play.

This extraordinary club also features a functional training and fitness center; comfortable lounge areas with excellent viewing; a junior lounge/computer lab; a pro shop featuring top brands and 24-hour stringing; a complimentary nursery; steam baths in the member locker rooms; a café serving healthy food, snacks and beverages; and classrooms, party rooms and meeting facilities.

So come see for yourself. It’s all right here on Randall’s Island under the RFK/Triboro Bridge. Contact Membership Director Zef Lekaj at (212) 427-6150 or e-mail membershipri@sportimeny.com for more information and to schedule a visit.



Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park
725 Gateway Center Boulevard at East 152nd Street and the Harlem River Bronx, N.Y.
(718) 665-4684 ♦ StadiumTennisNYC.com

The new Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park, located in the shadow of Yankee Stadium at East 152nd Street and the Harlem River, can be labeled “the best-kept secret in New York City tennis.” With 16 cushioned, U.S. Open-style deco-turf, hard courts—including 12 indoor courts which are open for indoor play from October through April, New York City’s newest indoor/outdoor tennis center commenced its first indoor season at the end of 2010. The excellent lighting, high indoor ceilings and spacious backcourts of the new Stadium Tennis Center are sure to please the tennis playing public and tournament level players.

The new Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park offers a full complement of tennis programs for juniors and adults of all skill levels in partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy, a leader in developing and operating tennis programs in New York City and the Hamptons. Through its partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy, the new Tennis Center has established a team of topnotch, experienced tennis professionals and offers popular junior development and advanced training tennis programs including high performance elite training for ranked juniors. For adult players, fast-paced group clinics and cardio tennis workouts are offered daily, in addition to indoor seasonal court rentals, private lessons, game arranging, leagues and tournament play.

The state-of-the art indoor seasonal “bubble” covering 12 tennis courts at the new Stadium Tennis Center is one of the largest tennis “bubbles” or domes of this type in the world, covering an area of over four million cubic feet and a footprint of more than 75,000-square feet. In addition, an adjacent clubhouse will be completed in the coming months and will feature a pro shop, café, locker rooms and lounge areas, Wi-Fi computer access, a workspace where children can do schoolwork and read and a tennis library.

More information about Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park can be found at www.stadiumtennisnyc.com or by calling (718) 665-4684. More information about Gotham Tennis Academy can be found at www.gothamtennis.com or by calling (646) 524-7069.



TCR—The Club of Riverdale
2600 Netherland Avenue ♦ Riverdale, N.Y.
(718) 796-9099 ♦ TCR-NYC.com

TCR—The Club of Riverdale is entering its 20th year as New York’s premier tennis and health club. We are proud to welcome Gilad Bloom as our new director of tennis. Gilad, for the last two years, was the director of tennis at The John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island, and before that, ran his own academy at The New York Tennis Club. Gilad commands the reputation of inspiring the most from the high-performance athletes in the field. It is his inspirational quality that is going to not only lead the Tournament Training Program at TCR, but will raise the level of effort and productivity on all the courts that Gilad will personally impact each and every day.

The 150,000-square foot club has six indoor tennis courts, a 75-foot swimming pool, basketball gymnasium, table tennis rec hall, fitness center, golf center, group exercise and spinning studios, spa, café, sun deck and childcare.
TCR’s Junior Development Program has led the market regards operational excellence since 1993. TCR’s quality pro staff, unparalleled on-court product, mature transport operation, great facilities and the most convenient club location in NYC have combined to make TCR’s program the go-to program for the most discerning tennis enthusiast.

TCR is accepting a limited number of applications for its Junior Development Tournament Training Program that begins Monday, Sept. 10. TCR’s transport network offers the convenience of door-to-door transport from school or home, seven days a week, for all hours of the day and night. The program will offer a supplemental fitness program to provide that extra edge as well as private tennis lessons on a seasonal basis. TCR will also be running ETA Tournament excursions for its kids, as well as school break camp sessions.

Gilad will not only head the Junior Development Program during the school year, but will also bring High-Performance to TCR’s Summer Camp Program. Students can experience weekly camp sessions at TCR with door-to-door transport offered from throughout New York City. TCR invites you to come and meet Gilad and visit the Club. To arrange for an on/off-court appointment with Gilad, call (718) 796-9099.



USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Meridian Road at Grand Central Parkway ♦ Flushing, N.Y.
(718) 760-6200 ♦ USTA.com

The Community Tennis Development program at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) is intended to promote and develop the game of tennis as a means of healthful recreation and physical fitness for youngsters and the general public while utilizing the facilities at the NTC.
The NTC is open to the public seven days a week, except for the time period of the U.S. Open. The general public is encouraged to come utilize the indoor/outdoor tennis courts and other facilities. Courts may be reserved two days in advance or used on the day of play on a first-come/first-served basis. In 2011, it is estimated that more than 85,000 individuals utilized the facility in this manner.

Among the many participants in the programs are the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL), the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Star Track/Say Yes to Tennis, No to Violence clinics for Queens at-risk youth, etc., providing thousands of youth with a free opportunity to learn and play tennis. Free tennis clinics are conducted for NYC Department of Education teachers/coaches. The NTC hosts various tennis opportunities for special populations, including wheelchair tennis instruction for the physically-challenged from the months of October through July, HERO (Help Expand Recreational Opportunities) for developmentally challenged adults and tennis for autistic children through NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children).

The NTC tournaments program promotes tennis play at the NTC by providing various tournaments for local players. At the junior level (ages eight to 18), more than 1,000 boys and girls compete against each other based on their abilities. The USTA NTC Junior Classic, a larger, Level 1 sectional tournament, is held for boys and girls ages eight through 18 from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This tournament has more than 350 competitors.
NTC summer camps provide basic tennis instruction, including the 10-and-Under QuickStart format for younger children, and basic fitness programs; encourages good sportsmanship; and leads to general character building of children in the New York City area. These services are provided at nominal cost, making it affordable for youngsters who would not otherwise get the chance to attend camp or receive tennis instruction.

NTC’s teaching programs provide the public with reasonably-priced tennis instruction from USPTA- or PTR-certified, full-time teaching staff. These teaching programs service thousands of players, from the very young (four years old) to senior citizens (92 years-plus) with a wide variety of lesson plans suited to their abilities.

Project ACES (Alternative Classroom Environment for Students) started at the NTC in 2009. The program is geared toward six- to 10-year-old children from schools around the five boroughs, providing them the opportunity to visit the NTC and learn about the history and the game of tennis. The kids are given a walking tour of the entire site (excluding Stadium 2/3), including Center Court in Ashe, a video presentation in Interview Room 1 on the history and the game of tennis and the great players of the sport, a tour of the locker rooms, and roughly an hour of tennis instruction from the NTC’s pro staff, ending with lunch at the Indoor Tennis Center.



West Side Tennis Club
1 Tennis Place ♦ Forest Hills, N.Y.
(718) 268-2300 ♦ ForestHillsTennis.com

The West Side Tennis Club is well-known for hosting the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Today, it is home to 830 members, maintaining the best of our celebrated past and rich history. The West Side Tennis Club often surprises first-time visitors. Anchored by its historic stadium, the renowned Tudor-style clubhouse, along with a junior Olympic pool complex, West Side's 12 acres are both a majestic setting and a tranquil oasis in the heart of New York City.

West Side Tennis Club is located just 20 minutes from the bustle of midtown Manhattan, easily accessible by car, bus, subway or the Long Island Railroad. West Side maintains 38 tennis courts on four different surfaces: Grass, Har-Tru, Red Clay and Deco-Turf and provides year-round tennis utilizing its 10-court indoor facility.
Members can take advantage of group or private lessons, clinics, tournaments, ladders, arranged matches, round-robins and a year-round junior program, including summer camp, a pro shop and swimming lessons. West Side Tennis Club also offers a full-service restaurant and bar with spectacular sunset dining, and private party and corporate outing facilities. Platform tennis, bridge, and fun-filled activities and social events for all ages at all levels are scheduled year-round.

On weekends and weekdays, it’s a fabulous warm weather getaway for families, with a tennis day camp that is the perfect summer activity for children. So convenient, what better way to end a day at work than with a game of tennis, a dip in the pool, and watching the sun set having drinks on the club house patio.

And for getting business done in a special way, it’s a unique place to spend quality time with customers, business associates and colleagues. There is even wireless Internet access available anywhere in the clubhouse. Want to do a truly special event for a small or large group of people, West Side Tennis Club has everything you could want to create a special occasion. There is something for everyone at the West Side Tennis Club. For more information, visit ForestHillsTennis.com or call (718) 268-2300.