This is one of the most centrally located tennis courts in San Francisco. Chinese Playground has one court. It’s in the middle of China Town and fairly close to Financial District, North Beach, Russian Hill. The only disadvantage is that it’s a bit of a climb to get to it, from pretty much anyway, except maybe via Broadway.
The court itself is in fine condition. Good net. Great, even surface. And nice view of the city and the Transamerica Pyramid. There’s a kids playground below. And that’s also where the entrance to the court is, as the door from Hang Ah Alley on the main level is locked for some reason.
It’s in the middle of a few old brick buildings. That gives it a unique acoustic popping sound every time you hit the ball. Pretty special. Like the US Open, but without the microphones on the courts.
And for extra fun, your serve may be interrupted by the occasional proud stroll of a pigeon. Right through the court. They seem undisturbed by tennis balls. Or maybe attracted to them.
It’s also right next to a few Chinese Dim Sum restaurants, hole in the wall style. They inevitably send a few spectators who seem genuinely fascinated by the people hitting the ball. They can smoke cigarettes and watch the tennis players for a while. Maybe hence the sign No Smoking. You don’t see one of those too often on tennis courts.
There’s also a wooden umpire stand. Maybe they had serious tournaments here at one point.
Overall, I’d recommend playing at this court, for a special San Francisco experience. It’s one of the courts that gets assigned by default to a lot of players who sign up on the site – tennisround.com – without specifying a ZIP Code or address. Curiously, though, every time I’ve been there, it’s been available.
I was pleasantly surprised by the two nicely resurfaced courts at Lafayette park. The city has done a nice job. Both tennis courts have been renovated, with new surface, new nets and wind screens. I remember this place was once littered with pine needles and with cracks on the courts. But it’s great now.
Very unique place. Nice views of the city. Some wind every now and then, but the wind screens help. The lower court gets less wind. Both have benches, a nice touch. Tennis players are generally courteous and will give up the court if anyone’s waiting, after they’ve played for about an hour.
Parking can be problematic. It’s a popular residential area, parking spots get picked up quickly. Take public transit if you can.
If you walk or bike, it’s a serious hike up the hill, no matter which way you approach it (from Gough St, or Jackson St). But it’s worth it. Solid courts with a nice bounce and cool views of San Francisco.
To find tennis courts and tennis players elsewhere in San Francisco go to tennisround.com
We’ve had a few questions from people around how to add home courts. So, here’s what you need to do. First you need to register and create a Tennis Round account, of course. If you already have one, then you need to Login, go to Courts and select your home court. Just click on the button that says “Select as home court”. That’s it.
Here are the individual steps on the site.
1. Login to Tennis Round – https://www.tennisround.com/login
2. Go to the Courts tab, find your courts and click Select as home court
The home court will be added to your profile. If you ever want to remove it, just click the little trash can.
Adding home courts is cool, because then people can see that you play at the same court. And conversely, you’ll know who else plays at your court. Imagine that.
Nike, this year’s #1 Most Innovative Company according to FastCompany, has launched a new campaign around fitness and endurance. Serena Williams, the top female tennis player, has partnered with Nike to support the campaign under the tagline “You can become strong and powerful and beautiful”. Nike and Serena have developed a series of workout routines not just around tennis, but focused on core body strength using drills similar to Pilates exercises.
Serena is not only sporting cool Nike wear, but also impressive high tech gadgets like the Nike+ Fuel Band, which you can wear on your wrist and measure your daily steps and calories burned. Not only does it look like it’s part of the next Star Trek movie set, but it also tells time and earns Fuel points, an important bragging data point among its owners. Tennis players on Tennis Round could add another competition element to their list – Nike Fuel points. Or maybe we can even compare who takes fewer steps during a match and wins anyway!
Nike+ Fuel Band folks can see how they measure against their peers and claim the top spot for the day or the week, in terms of number of steps traveled or total calories burned. The super slick Nike+ FuelBand app has a stellar 5 star rating on the Apple App Store. It syncs effortlessly with the Band at the press of a button and displays performance data right on your iPhone, and is just a pleasure to work with.
Nike+ Fuel Band comes in black and white color, and in the white version you can even see the chips and electronics through the see-through material.
The Nike Training Camp #NTC app itself provides training routines and drills for athletes to use when customizing their workout.
Nike has left us very few excuses not to get out and train. Now to top it off, they’ve made us accountable to each other, as we’ll be sharing our activity data with our friends. So, when in doubt, check your Nike app to see if it’s time to get off the couch. Or just ask your friends.
For more information please visit Nike Women on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nikewomen
Another well maintained and groomed public tennis court in Bellevue is Hillaire Park at 15760 NE 4th St, Bellevue, WA 98008.
It has free parking in front, basketball field and even a paddle tennis court, which seems to get more action than the tennis courts themselves.
Water Fountain at Tennis Courts
Hillaire Park Tennis Courts
Hillaire Park Entrance
Rest Rooms at Hillaire Park:
Hillaire Park tennis courts restrooms
To find more public tennis courts in Seattle area or anywhere in the United States visit Tennis Round. Connect with tennis players in Bellevue or find a tennis partner in Seattle.
You know what I mean – we drive by tennis courts all the time. And they always look empty! I don’t mean run-down, abandoned tennis courts. No – cool looking tennis courts, well maintained, with lights and all – and they’re always empty!
There are 30 million tennis players in the US who wanna play. And only 200,000 tennis courts that are mostly empty. What’s up with that? Maybe soon Tennis Round can help put more tennis players on these tennis courts.
Empty Tennis Court - What, no one wants to play here?