14 Places to Play Tennis in Boston

Looking for ways to exercise outside this summer? Try these 14 spots.
Waldstein Playground

Jean B. Waldstein Playground photo by Paola Cigui

From scenic running routes to free fitness series, Boston is a prime place to exercise outdoors during the summer months. One option you certainly shouldn’t overlook: tennis.

We found 11 outdoor public courts and three outdoor tennis clubs for you to visit. All you need now is your racket.

Public Courts

1. Boston Common

The green oasis in the heart of Boston houses two good quality public tennis courts—just be prepared to wait your turn, unless you reserve a spot through the PlayLocal app. One court also has a wall behind the baseline, so you can practice even if you don’t have a partner.

Intersection of Boylston and Charles Streets, Boston, cityofboston.gov.

2. DuPont Tennis Courts

Even if you’re not an MIT student, you can still access its 12 outdoor courts. Take your chances with a walk-up reservation system, or reserve outdoor courts up to one week in advance during the summer months.

MIT Building W53, Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, mitathletics.com.

3. Jean B. Waldstein Playground

In this Brookline green space, you can find seven outdoor courts, as well as a baseball field, basketball courts, a playground, picnic tables, and a multi-sport athletic field. The tennis courts also have lights for evening play.

Dean Road, Brookline, brooklinema.gov.

4. Joan Lorentz Park

A few steps from the Cambridge Public Library, Joan Lorentz Park offers three public tennis courts, a playground, and plenty of green space for relaxing post-match. Word to the wise: Getting a court at this park requires some wait time.

Broadway and Ellery St., Cambridge.

5. Stanley Ringer Playground

Ringer’s tennis courts are hidden gems in the middle of Allston. This park also offers a playground, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, and multiple walkways.

75 Gordon St., Allston, cityofboston.gov.

6. Joseph Moakley Park Tennis Courts

South Boston’s Joseph Moakley Park has three public tennis courts. Just plan to use them in the daytime, because these courts don’t have lights. In order to avoid the line, you can reserve a court through PlayLocal.

1187 Columbia Road, South Boston, cityofboston.gov.

7. Raiders Field Athletic Complex

The Raiders Field complex in West Roxbury offers three public tennis courts. Two of them are available for reservation through PlayLocal.

1205 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, cityofboston.gov.

8. William Cassidy Playground

Also a PlayLocal member, William Cassidy Playground in Chestnut Hill offers two courts that are open to the public.

2422 Beacon St., Chestnut Hill, cityofboston.gov.

9. Southwest Corridor Park

You’ll find five tennis courts along the length of this 4.7-mile park, which stretches from the South End to Jamaica Plain. There are also basketball courts, street hockey rinks, and walking and biking trails.

Visit swcpc.org for more information.

10. William E. Carter Playground

This Columbus Avenue playground has had tennis courts for years, but Northeastern announced last year that five new tennis courts will be part of its $26 million renovation of the park. Look out for a completed upgrade in 2017.

656 Columbus Ave., Boston.

11. Amory Park

The Amory Park Tennis Center’s six clay courts are open to the public, and for lessons, tournaments, and team play for all ages. Court space costs $8 per hour for Brookline residents, or $16 per hour for non-residents.

45 Amory St., Brookline, netresultstennis.net.

Tennis Clubs

Want to enjoy the outdoors while working on your game in a slightly more competitive setting? Try these three Boston-area tennis clubs.

1. Mount Auburn Club

Tennis at MAC features indoor and outdoor courts, summer and winter leagues, clinics and camps, and group and private lessons. During the summer, membership costs $130 per month, including access to the tennis courts, the pool, and the gym. For club members, indoor courts are $44 per hour, while the unlit outdoor courts are free for play.

57 Coolidge Ave., Watertown, mountauburnclub.com.

2. Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center

STEC has seven indoor and seven outdoor courts, open for recreational and competitive tennis. Adult membership starts at $200 per year, and benefits the nonprofit’s athletic, academic, and social programming for local kids and teenagers.

950 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, sportsmenstennis.org.

3. Cambridge Tennis Club

Members and non-members may take lessons at Cambridge Tennis Club. If you join the club, you’ll have access to its outdoor courts from spring through early November–but to join you’ll need to attend an open house, or find two current members to vouch for you.

40 Willard St., Cambridge, cambridgetennisclub.com.

—By Paola Cigui

Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Contributor jducharme@bostonmagazine.com