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CityParks Tennis

We provide free tennis instruction to thousands of kids ages 8-17 each year in more than 22 parks throughout the five boroughs.

For more information on our tennis programs, contact sports@cityparksfoundation.org. For up-to-the-minute program updates, please visit our Twitter page.

BNP Paribas is the Presenting Sponsor of CityParks Tennis

HELP SUPPORT FREE TENNIS FOR KIDS

While we are unable to hold our annual Tennis Benefit at the US Open this year due to the pandemic, we still need your support to keep CityParks Tennis, the largest municipal tennis program in the country, free for all. In lieu of buying benefit tickets to attend the US Open this year, we ask that you make a contribution to support the development of our young players. Please join Billie Jean King in support of City Parks Foundation—any amount will make a difference.

Click here for a message from Billie Jean King in support of CityParks Tennis

Summer Beginner Program

Ages 8 – 17
July 6 – August 16
Twice Weekly, Free

Our tennis pros, use fun games and drills to help teach kids the basics of tennis and discover a sport for life. Experienced juniors have the opportunity to compete in weekly competitions and qualify for a citywide tournament weekly competitions.

Beginner tennis classes are usually divided into three 1-hour sessions at each park, depending on number of participants and available courts. Children ages 8-10 years old are typically the first hour, followed by ages 11-13 and then 14-17. When registering please select the time slot that corresponds to your child’s age. Instruction for intermediate-level players is also available at select sites. Once the program is underway, the site director will provide more specific schedule information for that park.

APPLY NOW

  • Please note: Registration must be completed online. No walk-in registration will take place in 2021
  • Please select only one time-slot per child at your desired location
  • Strict adherence to CPF safety protocols and guidelines will be required for participation (See parent application for more information)

Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy

Ages 8 – 17
Year-Round, Free
Tryout: Saturday May 15, 2021

Our year-round, tournament training program for advanced junior players provides free, expert coaching and practice time at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Tryouts are held annually in May and are open to competitive juniors ages 8-17.

Please contact the CityParks Sports at sports@cityparksfoundation.org for more information.

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CITYPARKS JUNIOR TOURNAMENT SERIES

July – August

Held at five parks in July and August, our Junior Tournament Series gives intermediate and advanced juniors an opportunity to develop their skills all summer in USTA-sanctioned competitions. Players compete for points to qualify for the New York City Junior Invitational Championships in September.

Our Junior Tournament Series will not be held in 2021. Please check back in August for potential tournament opportunities this Fall.

BNP Paribas Aces Tennis Program 

Advanced Junior Players
Year-Round, Free

The most dedicated juniors from our citywide summer program are invited by our cto participate in our year-round Aces intermediate-level program. Participants receive free specialized indoor training in a small group environment. This program offers training to youngsters in the off-season when court time is expensive and training is less frequent.

The Aces program also provides players with notable guest speakers from the tennis community and subsidizes tournament fees for select players during the off-season.

Generous private support is provided by the United States Tennis Association, The Thompson Family Foundation, The New York Community Trust – The George and Valerie Delacorte Fund, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, Aviation Development Council, the Venable Foundation, and the Irwin Weiner Charitable Foundation. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. In partnership with NYC Parks.

SUPPORT CITY PARKS FOUNDATION

At City Parks Foundation, our mission is to encourage New Yorkers to use their neighborhood parks by offering free environmental education, arts, sports, and community-building programs that bring people into their local green spaces. Please give now if you can—we know that city parks will continue to thrive when all New Yorkers get involved.