photo via John December
In middle school and high school, I played tennis every. single. day. And I’m pretty sure I wore one of those Tennis is Life t-shirts, too. I loved it so much that it didn’t even feel like work or exercise. Hearing the ping of a tennis ball being hit and the birds chirping in the nearby field was the soundtrack to my summer. Sadly, I haven’t picked up my racket since college when I played intramural tennis at Marquette, so it’s time to get back out there. And, since, Wimbledon is going on this week, I’ll have some good inspiration to help motivate me.
I’m on the lookout for good tennis courts in the Milwaukee area. The one above looks awesome with great views of Brewers Hill, although I wouldn’t park a truck there since my serve is rusty as all get out. I don’t know exactly where this one is, but I just hope it’s not a private court belonging to one of the condos. If it is, I will be redirecting my search to finding a friend that lives in said condo.
In my search, I’ve been looking mostly at courts in the Milwaukee County Parks system. The are some quality, well-maintained courts out there. Court reservation fees are pretty cheap – $6 an hour (recommended for busier locations). You can reserve with the Parks Office at (414) 257-8030. It’s free if you just want to go out and hit around.
So far, these courts also look nice……
Humboldt Park: Four lit courts are fenced in a quiet wooded area of the park in Bay View. Courts are well-maintained and often open.
McKinley Park: Possibly the liveliest courts in Milwaukee. These six courts are lit, fenced, and have backboards. The location is prime; across from Alterra and the Marina. Courts are usually reserved by tennis teams and players, but court 6 is left open for the public. Because of the frequent matches and skilled players using these courts, it’s a great place to watch a game. Bring sunscreen.
Klode Park: In Whitefish Bay, these two courts and wooded and well maintained and come with a cool lake breeze, free of charge.
Lake Park: Tucked in the wooded park are 5 courts, fenced, and lit with backboards. No distractions here and plenty of room to stretch out.
If you have access to the Marquette University Helfaer Rec Center (ie you know a student or your kid/spouse is a student there), the indoor courts are phenomenal. As an alum, membership rates are steep so I won’t be going anytime soon. Here, all tennis etiquette applies. So actual non-skid tennis shoes are required and hold your breath if a ball accidentally goes into someone else’s court. The perks are air conditioning, very high ceilings, pro-level court surfaces, and a pro shop.
For my skill level, I’ll be sticking with the public parks and enjoying the outdoors.