We provide free tennis instruction to thousands of kids ages 6-17 each year in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs.
BNP Paribas is the Presenting Sponsor of CityParks Tennis
Because of COVID-19, City Parks Foundation is taking precautionary measures in all of our programs.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the CityParks Tennis beginner program has been cancelled this summer. We encourage everyone to visit our Play Anywhere page for updated activities to stay active and engaged. Please continue to check the COVID-19 Updates page for information on any future programs this year.
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Ages 6 – 17
July – August
Twice Weekly, Free
Our tennis pros are here to transfer their love of the game, using fun exercises and drills to help teach kids the basics of tennis and discover a sport for life. We have classes for all skill levels, and host weekly competitions and special events for intermediate-level players.
Beginner tennis classes are usually divided into three 1-hour sessions, depending on number of participants and available courts at the park. On the first day of class, you should plan your arrival based on age of your child. Pee wee’s (6-8 years old) are typically the first hour, followed by ages 9-12 and then 13-17. More advanced 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.
We also accommodate organized camps and youth groups at specific sites if/when space is available and on a “first-come basis.”
Ages 8 – 17
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 dedicated junior players ages 8-17.
Please contact the CityParks Sports office at 718-259-2999 for more information.
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.
Advanced Junior Players
Our most dedicated and advanced junior tennis players are invited to 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 during the off-season. Participants are invited from our summer USTA sanctioned Junior Tournament Series and must maintain an 85 average during the school year. The Aces program is offered in all five boroughs.
Generous private support 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, 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.
We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to remain healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.