Close-Up: The Tennis Scene In Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville’s year round sun and warm weather make it a mecca for tennis players. Its climate means never having to pay an indoor court fee, and its proximity to the beach means there are nearly unlimited options for apres-tennis activities and seafood feasts!
Jacksonville, FL is home to the largest urban park system in the nation, with 10 state and national parks located throughout the area. Its parks and recreation bureau owns and operates over 150 public tennis courts within the city limits that are open for play by both residents and nonresidents. Their three premier facilities are fully staffed and offer all the amenities a tennis player would want. Across the Boone Park Tennis Complex, Clanzel T. Brown Tennis Complex, and Southside Tennis Complex, there are 36 courts that also operate a find a player/partner program that sets players up with opponents or partners free of cost all over the city.
A very unique aspect of the city’s tennis program is access to clay courts. Typically public courts are hard courts in variable condition, but their courts are meticulously maintained and allow the public to play on wonderful har-tru courts all over the city. It’s better for your knees, and a whole lot of fun to slide around on!
Jacksonville is home to the largest tennis tournament in NE Florida, the SenioRITAs. The event is for women over the age of 40 and benefits breast cancer research in the area. The tournament has been around since 1996 and features several different flights and also social events throughout the week. The best part? One hundred percent of all net proceeds go to charity! The event has seen steady growth since its inception and attracts players from all over the region.
If you are looking for some prestige in a world-class tennis facility, look no further than the Amelia Island Tennis Resort just north of Jacksonville, FL. Operated by Cliff Drysdale Tennis (a name you probably know from his recent work as a tennis announcer), the resort is consistently ranked among the finest tennis resorts in the world. It features 23 beautiful har-tru clay courts, a full service pro shop, a fitness center, and world class instruction. It’s no surprise that many of the legends of the game have graced these courts with booming forehands in the gorgeous setting.
Featured PlayYourCourt Coach Providing Tennis Lessons In Jacksonville, FL
Dick S. is PlayYourCourt’s featured pro providing tennis lessons in the Jacksonville area. Dick is a USPTA certified coach who is passionate about not only improving players’ games, but also in fostering the growth of the game in the area. No matter your level, he is qualified to work out the intricacies of your game and helping you have more fun on the court. He is also very experienced in working with wheelchair and adaptive tennis players. He translated a strong competitive career into an even stronger coaching career. There is nothing Dick can’t do on the court!