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Tennis Rules & Regulations

1. 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.

2. Each tennis player must be the holder of a permit, which is strictly personal and non-transferable.

3. Each player holding a permit must register with the attendant on duty.

4. All registered players must be ready to play at the assigned hour, at which time permits will be marked. Failure of registered players to appear by five minutes after the hour will result in forfeiture of your court.

5. Permit must be presented to the attendant in charge who will make assignments to the courts for a period not exceeding ONE HOUR, except for doubles players who may play for TWO hours.

6. A vacant court shall be offered five minutes after the hour in the following order:
A- Eligible unregistered players.
B- To the next available registered players in place of their previously assigned hour
C- Repeat players.

7. Tennis courts are open daily, weather permitting, except when under repair or reserved for tournaments conducted by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

8. Only players with smooth-sole tennis shoes will be permitted on the courts.

9. Volleying outside the playing area is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED.

10. A maximum of six balls may be used on each court.

11. Permit holders will be given their choice of assignments in the order of their registration.

12. All disputes, including but not limited to disputes concerning court reservations and permit ownership, shall be settled by the attendant on duty.

13. The courts are open from 8:00 a.m to dusk, except Central Park where courts open at 7:00 a.m. and Randall's Island where courts open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

14. Only assigned players are permitted in playing areas.

15. Repeat Assignments:
Repeaters shall sign a separate Repeat List, which shall be used to determine order of assignment.
A- Courts shall be assigned to repeat players five minutes after the hour.
B- All repeaters, singles or doubles, can only be assigned for one hour at a time.
C- If any player assigned to a court is a repeater, the rules for repeaters apply to all players.

16. A fee of $20.00 is required for the issuance of a Locker Permit for one season, for one person ONLY and allows access to the shower facilities. The lockers are located at the Central Park Tennis Center.

17. Please be courteous and use common sense when retrieving stray balls.

18. A fee of $15.00 will be charged for the issuance of a duplicate Adult and Senior Tennis Permit. A duplicate Junior permit is $6.00. The duplicate permit must be surrendered upon the recovery of the original permit and no refund of the duplicate permit fee will be made.

19. Employees are prohibited from accepting gifts or gratuities.

20. Anyone who fails to comply with these rules or 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 1-03 (c)(1) of Title 56 of the Rules of the City of New York.


Tennis permits are available for purchase at the Arsenal building in Manhattan and at locations in each of the five boroughs. Please contact the following:

One Bronx River Parkway
Bronx, NY 10462
Attn: Permit Office
(718) 430-1848  

Passerelle Building
(Across from outdoor tennis courts)
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
(718) 393-7276

Litchfield Manor
Prospect Park West at 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Attn: Permit Office
(718) 965-8914  

NYC Parks & Recreation
Attn: Special Events & Permits
Olmsted Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Flushing, New York 11368 

The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue, at 64th St.
New York, NY 10065
Attn: Permit Office
(212) 360-8131  
Staten Island
Greenbelt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10314
Attn: Permit Office
(718) 667-3547 Ext. 312


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