Tennis is one of those sports that rides the line between physicality and grace. Minnesota has more than a few great places to play, indoor and out. Whether you’ve got the intensity of John McEnroe, the swing of Serena Williams, or are just a beginner and want to hit the court and serve up your first ace, these courts are some of the best that Minnesota has to offer.
Rochester Tennis Connection
2700 Country Club Rd. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
Whether you’re looking to play inside, especially during the winter, or on the state-of-the-art courts outside, the Rochester Tennis Club has got you covered. There are programs for juniors, adults, and seniors, so you can get involved and take lessons at any age. It’s a great option for families, as kids can start as young as age four. But you don’t have to bother with lessons if you’re just looking to hang at the clubhouse and play a few games of tennis.
University Of Minnesota
1815 4th St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Getting out onto the tennis court on a sunny day is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer. It’s even better when you can get on these beautiful courts at the University of Minnesota. Register to play on the website to get yourself a spot and then grab your toughest partner for some serous action. Or you can just play a few leisurely games on one of the best outdoor courts in Minnesota.
7833 Hwy 65 NE
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
For those long winter days, or unbearably hot days of summer, Indoor Public Tennis in Spring Lake will provide the ultimate indoor tennis experience. They are committed getting players onto the court, and want to promote the idea that indoor tennis is just as good as outdoor. They offer classes for all skill levels, and once you feel good enough, they also offer permanent court time that you can put your name on and guarantee a spot.
Lake Hiawatha Park
2701 E. 44th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
There is something so serene about playing tennis at this park, surrounded by lush green space, beautiful homes, and the lake nearby. The courts are always perfectly-maintained, as is the rest of the park. It’s a great escape in the middle of the city. As a popular park that is open to the public, there are typically other players around of all age and skill. Great opportunity for some doubles.
Arrowhead Tennis & Athletic Center
4402 Rice Lake Rd.
Duluth, MN 55811
Duluth is known as a fitness city, but often known more for biking and hiking than tennis. The facilities at Arrowhead will help to change that. Just play a flat fee to play, or look into the seven-day pass option, if you want a little more time without signing up for a membership. There are personal trainers available as well if you’re looking to up your game. You don’t have to get into the rugged outdoors to appreciate Duluth’s options for fitness.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.