Looking for a place to show off all those new tennis outfits and maybe even work on your serve? Grab a partner and head to one of these public courts.
Thinking of raising the next Serena Williams or Novak Djokovic? Challenge your racquet-playing kid to a fun little competition on one of Boston Common’s two courts. Complete with a sign for drills, the well-maintained and lighted courts are just steps from the park’s seasonal carousel, lively Frog Pond Spray pool, and Copley Wolff-designed playground. All of these are a surefire way for your little one to burn off some extra energy (and have some serious fun while they’re at it).
Boylston Street, Boston.
Joe Moakley Park
If the thought of practicing your backhand while enjoying sea breezes and glimpses of ocean blue makes you happier than watching the pros square off at the US Open, consider taking your new Wilson Blade to the Joe Moakley Park. Located across from Carson Beach in Southie, the park’s three courts offer a vantage point from which to watch the gentle waves of the harbor and the leafy limes and oaks that adorn the outer edges of the landscape.
1005 Columbia Road, South Boston.
To play indoors
JB Carr tennis bubble at MIT
We don’t have to tell you what the weather is like in New England. Suffice to say, when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating, especially in the colder months, MIT’s JB Carr Tennis Bubble rushes in with a warm, dry place to play. Open daily from fall through spring — and accessible to the public during select hours for a fee — the university-run facility has four courts, as well as locker rooms and showers. Remember to call ahead and reserve your spot, lest you be left out.
Amherst Alley, Cambridge, 617-253-1451, mitathletics.com.
For clay courts
Amory Tennis Center
You’ve worked on your topspin and your slide. Why not put your newfound skills to the test on the clay court, where they matter most? Part of Amory Park, this Brookline standout features six clay courts, open to the public upon check-in for a day pass. When you’re ready to quit, head to Hall’s Pond Sanctuary. Nestled beside the courts, the peaceful Plant and Wildlife Reserve – home to turtles and herons, among other animals – is the perfect place to decompress after a hard-earned set.
45 Amory Street, Brookline, netresultstennis.net.
Constitution Beach Park
When you’ve already cleared your schedule to hit up a few games with your favorite single partner, you might as well make a day out of it. It’s easy to do in this seaside recreation area, where tennis courts are just one of many amenities. With restrooms, bathhouses, a concession stand, and picnic areas (not to mention the tempting beach itself), Eastie’s landmark has just about everything you’d want and need. you will need before and after your time on the courts.
Zero Barnes Avenue, Boston.