Tennis courts

Polish your tennis skills on the city's best courts.


Facilities
Located next door to the outdoor courts of Sun Park Tennis Center, Broadwell is the snappy indoor option. Lessons and private coaches are available (150-300RMB per hour), while the lighting for indoor courts is good – a detail many rivals fall down on. The staff speak basic English, so communication isn’t too difficult for non-Mandarin speakers. Changing rooms here are modern and complete with showers. There are even plenty of parking spaces should you need them.
The courts
There are six hard-surface indoor tennis courts. But remember to reserve beforehand if you are not a member – don’t just turn up expecting to play.
Facilities Though pretty far away from the heart of the city (North Fifth Ring Road), the National Tennis Center is an attractive destination. This science-fiction-esque building is where the pros come on their day off, but be warned, the courts are pretty scattered and it’s easy to get lost. Private coaches are available to hire (150RMB per hour). The changing rooms come with showers, but you do have to pay for the privilege.
The courts
All 17 outdoor hard courts are open to the public, from the practice courts to the professional-standard ones (albeit at a hefty cost) used for international matches. The surfaces are simply the best in the city since they were made for the Olympics, while the lighting is amazing, even late into the evening. Best of all, with its far-out location, there’s not that much demand and competition for slots.
Facilities
Located close to Houhai, this tennis complex hides on the quiet campus of Shichahai Sports School. Tennis balls and rackets are available for rent while changing rooms and showers are provided free of charge. Other sports courts, such as badminton and ping-pong, are accessible as well. However, be warned: the staff don’t speak much English and communication can be hard without decent Mandarin skills. But at least there’s a shop in the building to get water and snacks, so you won’t go thirsty.
The courts
Expect indoor and outdoor tennis courts, both made for professional training. This place still has that new car smell – the indoor courts are recently opened, so they’re in great condition, with hard surfacing and decent lighting, although the cost for using them is a lot higher than those outdoors.
Facilities
In the heart of Wudaokou, this is very much the budget option. Its no-frills nature extends to the venue having no changing rooms or showers. The tennis courts in the university offer a good surface for student prices, which means we can cope without the odd luxury. Language barriers are rarely a problem, plus there are parking lots right next to the courts. And while there are no ongoing weekly lessons, fairly priced private coaches are available to hire (100RMB per hour).
The courts
The lighting of the three hard-surface outdoor courts isn’t great at night, so try and stick to early evening. Plus it’s wise to book ahead, particularly when school begins.
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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