Tennis, New York City
The US Open occurs at the USTA National Tennis Center each summer, one of the four venues for Grand Slam Tennis. Popularly called Flushing Meadows in association with its geographic location, the tennis event carries the richest purse in professional sports, with over $16 million in prize money awarded in 2003. The tennis stadium and subsidiary courts are a short walk from Shea Stadium and will forever be associated with the famous champions from New York, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.
While this isn't active sports- (unless you're one of the professionals playing in the tournament) it's a great place to view the world's best tennis players in action. Even if you can't get seats for the stadium action, a grounds pass will enable you to watch games on all the outer courts.
The Champion Tennis Club is Manhattans's Tennis Oasis on the eastside. This new tennis facility boasts all-weather cushioned courts with spectacular views and a full instructional tennis program. The private club atmosphere is relaxing and the summer rates are very reasonable. This club was built in 2003 and now that the secret is out through promotions, advertising and rave reviews. Visit them online at www.championtennisclub.com. Good Luck!
Equipment: Racquets are available for Beginner Quick Start Program and for sale at reasonable prices.
..at NYU was where I played most sports. Six tennis courts, a swimming pool, running track, gym, basketball courts, etc, etc....
US Open 2005 - Rafael Nadal: French Open 2005 Men's Singles Winner ; US Open 2004 Men's Doubles Semi-Finalist