9 Places to Play Tennis in Philadelphia

 

Posted By: Pamela Toy
 

Places to play tennis in Philadelphia
 

Tennis courts are somewhat difficult to access in Philadelphia compared to other areas. For example, in Florida, there are tennis courts everywhere.

However, despite tennis being less accessible than in other states, I decided to put together a list of all the most accessible courts in order from the most to the least amount of courts. This list will also include courts that are both inside and outside. Philadelphia gets really cold in the wintertime, so playing outside year-round is not possible.

I have taught Pilates in Philadelphia for over 10 years and have trained people of all ages and levels. I was inspired to create a blog on the top places to play tennis because it is an excellent workout and helps to develop your hand-eye coordination. I encourage all of my clients to cross-train in other sports including tennis.
 

Here are 9 places you can play tennis in Philadelphia.
 

1. Penn Tennis Center

 

Penn Tennis Center
 
The courts at the University of Pennsylvania are located in University City. They have courts inside and outside. This makes it convenient if you are looking for a facility to use year-round. However, you have to pay by the hour to use their courts. You can also take tennis lessons from their seasoned coaches.
 
Website: https://pennracquetsports.com/
Address: 240 S 31st St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Pay to Play: Yes
Lights: Yes
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 20 (8 Indoor, 12 Outdoor)
 
 

2. Legacy Youth Tennis and Education

 

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
 
The Legacy Youth Tennis and Education is located on Ridge Ave. Like Penn, they have tennis courts both inside and outside. They also have coaches you can take lessons from as well.
 

Website: https://www.legacyyte.org/
Address: 4842 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19129
Pay to Play: Yes
Lights: Yes
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 16 (8 Indoor, 8 Outdoor)
 
 

3. FDR Park

 

FDR Park Tennis
 
FDR Park has 15 tennis courts that are free and publicly available. They are home to the South Philly Tennis Association.
 

Website: https://www.fdrparkphilly.org/recreation
Address: 1500 PATTISON AVENUE PHILADELPHIA, PA 19145
Pay to Play: No
Lights: No
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 15
 
 

4. Temple University

 

Temple University
 
Temple University has 6 outdoor tennis courts. They are completely public and anyone is allowed to use them. However, the varsity team gets priority. Courts are in decent shape and are 100 percent free to use.
 

Website: https://campusrecreation.temple.edu/tennis-courts
Address: 15th and Norris Streets
Pay to Play: No
Lights: Yes
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 6
 
 

5. East Poplar Playground

 

East Poplar Playground Tennis Courts
 
There are three public courts at 8th and Popular. They are public and first come first serve as well.
 

Website: N/A
Address: N 8TH ST & POPLAR ST PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123
Pay to Play: No
Lights: Yes
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 3
 
 

6. Drexel University

 

Drexel University Tennis Courts
 
Drexel University hosts two main tennis courts that are free to use. The courts are first-come, first-serve, but reservations can be made for Drexel student organizations and Campus Departments for special events.
 

Website: https://drexel.edu/recathletics/facilities/tennis/
Address: Drexel Tennis Courts 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue
Pay to Play: No
Lights: Yes
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 2
 
 

7. Seger Park

 

Seger Park Tennis Courts
 
There are two tennis courts at Seger Park that are public and free to use. However, you can pay for a membership to have the right to reserve court time. Members are able to reserve an hour each day.
 

Website: https://segerpark.org/
Address: 1020 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Pay to Play: No
Lights: Yes
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 2
 
 

8. Markward Playground

 

Markward Playground Tennis Courts
 
The tennis courts at Markward Playground are public and free to use. They are first-come-first-serve as well. The tennis surface is a plastic/hard court. Definitely not the best tennis court as the surface is a bit different. However, for recreational players, it does the job.
 

Website: http://markwardplayground.com/
Address: 400 S Taney St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Pay to Play: No
Lights: Yes
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 2
 
 

9. Weccacoe Playground

 

Weccacoe Playground Tennis Court
 
There is 1 tennis court at Weccacoe Playground. The court is not in great shape, but it is still available to use for anyone. You can write your name down to reserve a spot to play for an hour. If there are no reservations, you can walk on. The court is free to use as well.
 

Website: N/A
Address: 400 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Pay to Play: No
Lights: No
Surface: Hard
Number of Courts: 1
 
 

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