Tennis guide: Celebrity courts
Find out where to stalk your favorite racket-wielding celebs
Thu Jun 18 2009
CityView Racquet Club 43-34 32nd Pl between Queens Blvd and Skillman Ave, penthouse, Long Island City, Queens (718-389-6252, cityviewracquet.com)
The court: CityView is an 80,000-square-foot oasis that includes a bar, spa services, a fitness facility, a caf and seven Har-Tru tennis courts. Did we mention that all amenities are on the roof?
Celebrities you might see: Vanessa Williams, Christine Baranski (Ugly Betty is filmed at nearbySilvercup Studios), Gavin Rossdale, Regis Philbin, Katie Couric, Charlie Rose and Elizabeth Vargas. Bravo’sThe Real Housewives of New York City and MTV’s The City have both filmed scenes on these courts, and Aaron Eckhart is slated to shoot for the forthcoming Rabbit Hole here.
Central Park Tennis Center W 96th St at Central Park Dr (212-316-0800, centralparktenniscenter.com)
The court: CPTC boasts 26 clay courts and four hard courts. It also offers tennis instruction, a pro shop and low fees (free with permit $7 per day without permit).
Celebrities you might see: Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, John Lithgow, Tracey Ullman, Bono and former mayor David Dinkins have recently played here.
Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club 450 W 43rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-594-0554, manhattanplazaracquetclub.com)
The court: For some old-school charm, head to Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, which offers five hard courts, a sauna and a sundeck. Members also have access to the adjacent Manhattan Plaza Health Club’s rooftop pool.
Celebrities you might see: “Robert De Niro and Ed Burns are members,” says Gertrude Wilhelm, a manager since 1981. “Mick Jagger, Elton John and Andy Rooney have also played here, and Billie Jean King has a lifelong membership.”