Everyone wants a workout that allows ease of scheduling, and tennis provides exactly that for a solid portion of Charlotte’s athletes. Local organizations offer match making for tennis players, recreational leagues such as the Charlotte Tennis Association provide a great outlet for players of all ages, and clay and hard courts throughout the city keep everyone active. It’s easy to find the courts that are free, well lit or open late, but start with the city’s best for the little extras every player loves.
Hornet’s Nest Park
6301 Beatties Ford Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
The tennis courts in Hornet’s Nest Park are near its back, so drive through this pretty, local park first. There is plenty of parking near its 12 courts, allowing visitors to skip the entrance-area parking for the lot at the end of the park. Some courts are walled, and all are lit for night play. This 140-acre park also boasts a lake with a fishing pier, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters, restrooms, an indoor shelter, a concession stand and a famous BMX track. Some courts may be reserved for certain days and times, so call ahead.
Park Road Park
6220 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210
Park Road Park is centrally located, and as such, it can get busy at times. The 122-acre park is a well-lit favorite for area sports leagues. It offers an 11-acre lake, athletic fields and a concession stand in addition to 12 walled and lit tennis courts. Find the courts on the east side of the road — the bulk of the park is on the west side. Bring lunch for a picnic in its pavilions, or take a hike on any number of nearby walking trails to cool down after a hot game.
1900 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Freedom Park offers 12 lit, and very popular, tennis courts. They are split from each other — six courts are near the north side baseball field, and six are near the north entrance. To access the front courts, drive past the park entrance and take the next entrance, which is a parking area for the courts. The front courts may be reserved after 6 p.m. on weeknights, while the back courts are first come, first served any time. These courts are well-liked and the park is centrally located, so it can get crowded at times.
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Jeff Adams Tennis Center (at Renaissance Park)
1200 W. Tyvola Rd.
Charlotte , NC 28217
Renaissance Park, a 140-acre park in Southwest Charlotte, features a 13-court, public tennis center. The Jeff Adams Tennis Center’s courts are open to the public until 10:30 p.m. except when they are being used for tournament play. It even features a center court with grandstand seating. Nearby sports fields, trails and picnic shelters make this the perfect location for a full day of play.
Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club
8401 Sharon Lakes Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210
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Sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate with tennis lovers’ needs. Head out to Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club on rainy days for six indoor courts and 10 outdoor clay courts. The indoor courts are lighted and climate-controlled. Members enjoy access to all of this as well as lessons and clinics to up the ante in any game. Join a team or league here to network and compete with like-minded tennis lovers any day of the week.
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