The last two decades have produced a surge of new tennis courts and centers all over the city. No matter what section of the city you live, there are many options for tennis play available to residents. Some centers require memberships or hourly fees for court reservations but there many courts in the city that are open to the public with no reservations required. This list will provide some insight as to just how intricate tennis has become to the sports enthusiasts in the nation’s capital.
Southeast Tennis And Learning Center
701 Mississippi Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20032
(202) 645-6242
www.dpr.dc.gov

The newly renovated Southeast Tennis and Learning Center is one of the largest tennis facilities east of the Anacostia River. Originally opened in 2001, with support from tennis royalty, Venus and Serena Williams as well as other tennis pros, the Southeast Tennis Center was opened to allow the children and residence on the south side of D.C. the opportunity to experience and learn the sport of tennis. The center is home to six state-of-the-art indoor courts, one new clay tech practice court and six new outdoor courts. The $18 million renovations has restored the southeast center to it’s pristine tournament ready condition. For information on rate, if applicable, and court reservations, contact the center directly.

Trinity Center
125 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 884-9092
www.trinitydc.edu

Trinity Washington University is home to the Trinity Tennis Club. Memberships are available to the public for adults and for youth. In addition to membership fees, a one-time initiation fee of $25 is required for the club. The courts at Trinity Center are available to members to use from March to November and are expertly maintained for regular use.

East Potomac Tennis Center
1090 Ohio Drive S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 554-5962
www.eastpotomactennis.com

Surrounded by beautiful Washington, D.C. and national landmarks such as the Tidal Basin, the National Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, the East Potomac Tennis Center is one of D.C.’s most recognizable yet best kept secrets. Crossing the Memorial Bridge into D.C. from Virginia, many people notice the building shaped like a huge white bubble near the Hains Point Park grounds yet many don’t realize that is the indoor tennis court at the East Potomac Tennis Center. The tennis center has 24 tennis courts including five indoor courts and eight lit courts for evening matches. Though the tennis courts do not require a membership to reserve a court, memberships and single-user contracts are available as well as hourly rates for reservations. Sandwiched between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel, the East Potomac Tennis Center is a prime location for great tennis lessons and tournaments in D.C.

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Hearst Park Tennis Courts
3680 Quebec St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 673-7647
www.tennisround.com

The tennis courts at Hearst Park are convenient to the area residence and are surrounded by the lush greenery of D.C. tree lined streets. One great aspect of this tennis court is that there is a tennis community where you can sign up to for matches if you don’t have a regular partner. These courts are not lighted for night play but does have a hitting wall for practice. Close to the campus of the prestigious Sidwell Friends School, Hearst Park is one of the best locations for tennis on the upper west side of D.C. No reservations are required for the courts.

Rock Creek Tennis Center
16th St. & Kennedy St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 722-5949
www.rockcreektennis.com

Rock Creek Tennis Center is the place to be for active and aspiring tennis pros in D.C. The courts are available to the public for walk-ins on a first come first-served basis but also accepts reservations and does charge a per hour fee. Players can sign up for season contracts, hitting partner list or sign up for spot time. What’s great about this center is that they provide pro services like tennis lessons and you can rent loaner rackets and ball machines at the Pro Shop. Also equipped for tournament play, the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center is home to the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Stadium and has 25 outdoor courts and five indoor courts that are heated for comfortable use in the winter.

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Tara L. Aldridge is a native of Washington, DC, a freelance and published writer, blogger, and photographer. She is a DC Healthy Food Examiner at Examiner.com. In 2013, Tara published her first book of poetry and currently works with young artists to help them develop their creative talents. Read more of her work at Examiner.com.