CityParks Tennis

We provide free tennis instruction to thousands of kids ages 6-17 each year in more than 30 parks throughout the five boroughs.

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

BNP Paribas is the Presenting Sponsor of CityParks Tennis

Summer Beginner Program

Ages 6 – 17
July – August
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 begins, the site director will provide more specific schedule information for that park.

BNP Paribas Aces Tennis Program 

Intermediate-level Junior Players
Year-Round, Free

After the summer program concludes, dedicated juniors are invited by their coaches to participate in our year-round Aces program. Participants receive free indoor training in a small group environment. This program offers continued training t in the off-season when court time is more expensive and less available. (Eligibility for the winter program requires that participants are registered for the summer CityParks Tennis program.)

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.

Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy

Ages 8 – 17
Year-Round, Free

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.

For more information or questions about the Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy please contact



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 tournaments. Participants must be active USTA members in order to compete.


Generous private support for CityParks Tennis is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, The New York Community Trust – The George and Valerie Delacorte Fund, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, the Junior Tennis Foundation, The Venable Foundation, the USTA Foundation, USTA Eastern, and the Irwin Weiner Charitable Foundation. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council including Speaker Adrienne Adams, Council Member Shaun Abreu, Council Member Gale Brewer, NYC Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, Council Member Tiffany Cabán, Council Member Kamillah Hanks, Council Member Rita Joseph, and Council Member Sandra Ung. Presenting sponsor BNP Paribas, supporting sponsor Lacoste. Presenting sponsor of the Aces tournament is BNP Paribas, Official Apparel Sponsor Lacoste. Title sponsor of the tennis academy is Lacoste.

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Don’t miss out on registration for free Tennis programs in your local park

Don’t miss out on registration for free Tennis programs in your local park



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.

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