Tennis at NYC Parks
It’s easy to become a tennis player in New York City—you can purchase a tennis permit and reserve a court online!
Our courts are as varied as our city: some are quiet, some are very busy. Some are clay courts, and some are hard courts. Some are concessions that offer lessons or year-round play. We recommend visiting a court before you play, to understand the culture of your local tennis community and to make sure that the court is right for you.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, tennis permits are not required for the 2020 season. If you have already purchased a permit, it will be valid through 2021. A few tennis courts will offer limited advance reservations. All other tennis courts will be available on a first come, first served basis.
How to Play
A permit is needed to use an outdoor court from the first Saturday in April to the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Full-season permits for adults, ages 18 to 61, cost only $100 a year, and discounts are available for seniors, kids, and teens.
You can purchase a new tennis permit online, or if you have purchased a permit in the past, you can easily renew your permit.
Don't need a full-season permit? You can purchase a single-play permit for $15.
A single-play permit allows you to play at any tennis court in any borough for one hour.
Find a Court
Whether you’re looking for a hard court, clay court, year-round court, or something near you, you can visit our Tennis Courts page to find the court that’s right for you.
Tennis at Central Park and Prospect Park
The Central Park Tennis Center and the Prospect Park Tennis Center each have their own policies and additional amenities. Learn more about playing tennis at Central Park and Prospect Park
How to Use our Courts
City courts that are not in use are available for walk-on play, but at popular courts, you may want to reserve a court in advance. Many courts allow users to sign up on-site for same-day reservations. At a few popular courts, we allow players to make online reservations up to seven days in advance.
You can make advance reservations online for a few of our popular courts. Online reservations cost $15 per hour.
Follow the Rules
Before heading to a court, make sure that you’ve read our rules and regulations. Follow our permit rules, wear smooth-soled tennis shoes, and use a maximum of six tennis balls on each court. Most 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.
If you’re looking for help with your tennis permit request or to contact our tennis permit offices, please visit our Tennis Permit and Court Reservation Help page for more information.
Register your Kids for CityParks Tennis
Each year, the CityParks Foundation provides free tennis lessons to kids, ages six through 16, in more than 36 parks across New York City. Kids of all skill levels are invited to join. Learn more about CityParks Tennis