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Best Public Tennis Courts

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The challenge of playing tennis in New York City, of course, is finding a court. Many prospective tennis players have lingered impatiently along a chain-link fence, ice-grilling the two amateurs — who don’t even know how to play! — taking their sweet time banging ball after ball into the net. As Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins might put it, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” So the smart tennis player laces up at Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights, which features a trove of 11 courts, encircled by trees, and is just a three-block walk from the Utica Avenue 3/4/5 subway stop. The courts are smooth and bright, fresh off a renovation, with a nice sprawling grassy slope along the back fence to catch those stray balls that you hit while the players waiting for your court look on with disgust.