Best Place to Play Like a Pro (2008)

USTA National Tennis Center

You can't walk into Yankee Stadium and start shagging flies, and you can't sneak into Madison Square Garden and start raining jumpers. But for as little as $15 an hour, you can belt topspin groundies on the same Deco Turf II trodden upon by Pete and Venus and Andre and Martina. The USTA National Tennis Center was built with public money, and 40-odd weeks out of the year it's open to hackers like you and me. Since the stadium courts are off-limits, try to grab one of the outdoor show courts—like Court 10—where the echo off the empty bleachers makes your serve sound like it's going 120 miles per hour. Take the 7 train to the Willets Point Boulevard—Shea Stadium stop.


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