Tennis is about the love of the court, but Atlanta’s more than 1,000 tennis facilities and clubs have become more. They’ve become social meccas. Both competitive tennis types and potluck social tennis players know Atlanta’s athletic options offer the cream of the crop.
Price: membership required
Hours: available to members
The Atlanta Athletic Club is renowned for being a top location to host both national and international tennis events. The club was founded in 1898 as a private club. It boasts both indoor and outdoor tennis facilities. The stunning Atlanta Athletic Club is unsurpassed as both a place to play or watch a championship tennis match.
Price: free to $7.50 hr/person; annual passes and league fees available
Hours: Mon to Thur – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When built in 1952, The Bitsy Grant Tennis Center was named for outstanding player Bryan Grant. At 5’4,” he personified the center’s credo “everyone can play,” and his facility works to continue that legacy throughout the Atlanta community. This public, lighted tennis facility has 13 clay courts and 10 hard courts.
Price: daytime (before 6 p.m.) $2.50 per hour per person/evening (after 6 p.m.) $3.00 per hour per person
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Blackburn Tennis Center offers one of the biggest varieties of programs in Atlanta. With Friday night round robins, a junior program and an adult learn to play series, it offers something for all levels and types of players. Sign up for a clinic to snag quick tips and solid improvement, or send the kids to the Universal Tennis Academy for a little hard-hitting tennis teaching.
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Price: $2.50 to $3.00 for one hour/$3.75 to $4.50 for 1.5 hours/$5.00 to $6.00 for two hours
Hours: Mon and Fri – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tue to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dekalb Tennis Center welcomes all ages and skill levels. Programs vary from little tennis to senior men’s round robins. If you have a junior (8 to 16) or a munchkin (ages 5 to 7), be sure to check out its summer camp programs. This is the perfect place for children, with kid-sized courts and age-appropriate instruction in the Little Tennis program.
Price: Memberships $300 to $750 annually
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Peachtree City Tennis Center offers access to 24 courts, a pro shop and a full-service restaurant. Oldies, youngsters, even lefties will find the perfect programs for their tennis lifestyles. This facility hosted the KIA Motors Tournament for Champions this past year. Many events are also hosted by the onsite restaurant, which is available for private events as well. In true Peachtree City fashion, jump into your golf cart and give these tennis courts a try today.
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