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§2-01 Tennis

Each tennis player must have a valid tennis permit or single-play tennis ticket to play on tennis courts under the jurisdiction of the Department.

  1. Tennis permits.
    1. Tennis Permits are available for purchase at the Arsenal and at locations in each of the five boroughs.
    2. Tennis permits are issued on an annual basis, and may be used for unlimited play during the year for which they were issued in one hour increments.
    3. In the event a tennis permit is lost, a duplicate permit may be obtained for a fee pursuant to Section 2-09(a).
    4. Tennis permits may not be transferred or resold.
  2. Single-play tennis tickets.
    1. Single-play tennis tickets are available for purchase at the Arsenal and at locations in each of the five boroughs.
    2. A single-play tennis ticket may be used during the year in which it was purchased in lieu of a tennis permit to play tennis for one hour during the year during which it was purchased on tennis courts under the jurisdiction of the Department.
  3. Reservation tickets.
    1. Reservation tickets are available for purchase at the Arsenal and at locations in each of the five boroughs.
    2. A reservation ticket may be used during the year in which it was purchased by a tennis permit-holder to reserve one hour of court time up to eight days in advance of scheduled play.
    3. If tennis courts are closed due to rain, reservation tickets may be exchanged at the location where the reservation was made for a "rain check." The rain check shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance.
  4. Use of Tennis courts.
    1. Tennis courts are open daily, weather permitting, except when under construction or repair, or when reserved for tournaments or special events.
    2. Players must wear smooth-soled, heelless footwear on clay or composition courts. Suction soled shoes and running shoes are prohibited on all surfaces on Department tennis courts.
    3. Reservation tickets shall be presented to the tennis attendant at the time the reservation is made. The tennis attendant will reserve the court for one hour. If players are more than five minutes late, the reservation shall be forfeited without compensation.
    4. Tennis Permits or single-play tickets shall be presented to the attendant in charge of the tennis courts, who will make court assignments.
    5. Reservation ticket holders, Permit holders and single play ticket holders will be given their choice of court assignments in the order of their registration.
    6. Reservations shall be made on the hour.
    7. A maximum of six (6) balls may be used on each court.
    8. All disputes, including but not limited to disputes concerning court reservations, permit ownership, and suitability of court conditions for play, shall be settled by the tennis attendant.
    9. Locker-room and shower privileges are not included with tennis permit privileges.
    10. Anyone who fails to comply with these rules or the instructions of the tennis attendant or other Parks employee will be ordered to leave. Failure to leave when ordered to do so shall be treated as a violation of Section 103(c)(1).

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