While winter hermits turn to outdoor tennis and other activities during the summer months in Minnesota, tennis remains primarily an indoor event in the northern United States. Most communities offer public courts in local parks, but the truly serious year-round tennis player takes advantage of the high-quality indoor facilities statewide at the best clubs in the state.
Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center
4005 Nicollet Ave. South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
Price: $80 individual annual registration/$95 couples and families/$26 per hour court rentals/$5 guest fee for unregistered guests
Reed-Sweatt is conveniently located just minutes from downtown, Uptown and the Lyn-Lake neighborhoods of Minneapolis. It is a complete neighborhood tennis facility that offers programs for juniors and adults, as well as seniors. Undoubtedly, one of the most affordable tennis centers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, its facilities include eleven indoor courts, a court-view lounge, lockers with showers and racket stringing at the pro shop. Loaner racquets are available free-of-charge with car keys/driver’s license left at front desk. Reed-Sweatt offers lessons with tennis center pros as well as singles and doubles leagues.
Match Point Tennis Center
9913-214th St. West
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044
Price: no membership/$25 per hour court rental/$21 per hour court rental for seniors 60 and older
Don’t leave the south suburbs out of the equation when looking for a tennis match. Lakeville’s Match Point is conveniently located near surrounding suburbs including Burnsville, Apple Valley, Prior Lake and Savage. It’s no membership fee policy makes a tennis match an affordable proposition here. In addition to private and group lessons, the women’s daytime league makes the center attractive for stay-at-home moms and active, empty-nest adults. Facilities include four indoor courts. It’s located inside of the Train America Building near the intersection of Highway 70 and Jacquard Avenue, close to Lakeville South High School.
Wooddale Tennis & Health Club
2122 Wooddale Dr.
Woodbury, Minnesota 55125
Price: $125 junior initiation fee/$175 individuals/$275 families/$16 junior monthly dues/$24.50 individuals/$38.50 families
A full-fledged tennis and exercise facility in the eastern suburbs of St. Paul, Wooddale Tennis and Health Club is the place for tennis players with a true love of the game. Whether you play recreationally or want to improve your game with personal training time, Wooddale has everything. Professional staff includes a director of tennis, as well as two tennis pros. Facilities include four indoor tennis courts, an indoor running track, cardiovascular equipment and free weights, locker rooms, a sauna, towels and a lounge. Wooddale offers junior and adult programs as well as private lessons.
Arrowhead Tennis & Athletic Club
4402 Rice Lake Rd.
Duluth, Minnesota 55811
Price: no initiation fee/$42.95 one-year membership, monthly for an individual/$75.95 couple/$84.95 family/prices per court per hour vary
You don’t have to live in the Twin Cities to find a first-class tennis club. Residents of Duluth have the Arrowhead Tennis and Athletic Club right in their own backyard, and this very complete facility has everything for any tennis lover on a year-round basis. During summer, its proximity to Lake Superior makes having an indoor facility very much a necessity. Like many tennis clubs, Arrowhead isn’t inexpensive, but if tennis is your game, this is the place for northern Minnesota tennis enthusiasts. Arrowhead offers four indoor tennis courts, racquetball, cardiovascular equipment, free weights, fitness classes, junior and adult leagues, and court rental.
Public Indoor Tennis
7533 Highway 65
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
Price: $199 annual court reservation fee/$26 single court rates for one hour booked online/$28 onsite/$4 additional fee for double play
Conveniently near the northern suburbs of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Public Indoor Tennis has been serving the area in its domed facility since 2007. A very affordable option compared to most private tennis clubs, this is a tennis facility for no-frills players. Its website makes it easy to find a tennis partner, too, a real advantage for individuals who are looking for a pick-up match. It offers four indoor courts, private lessons, programs for kids ages 5 to 18, adult beginners and seniors as well as adult cardio training.
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