Balls? Check. Racket? Check. Displaced anger? Check. That’s right gents: We’re talkin’ tennis. But where to go? As summer winds down and the Rogers Cup takes over Jarry Park, we bring you this roundup of some of the city’s finest outdoor courts.
The eight courts at De la Vérendrye, conveniently located next door to Jolicoeur metro, are up for grabs at no cost – first come, first served. For more info, visit here. Free. 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., 5900 Drake St., 514-944-9287.
Somerled features a dozen recently rebuilt courts deep in NDG, where you can play surrounded by quiet, leafy residential streets. From $7 / hour. 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., 4900 Hampton Ave., 514-872-1123.
There are six courts within St-Viateur Park, adjacent to a residential street dotted with old stone buildings. Daily passes are available for a flat rate, but only to holders of the city’s Carte de loisirs. Luckily, both can be acquired at the Outremont community centre (999 McEachran Ave.). $10 / day. 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., 530 Querbes Ave., 514-495-6211.
Within the 36-hectare oasis known as Lafontaine Park, there are 14 tennis courts, available for reservation a maximum of 24 hours in advance. From $8. Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Weekends, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 3500 Émile-Duployé Ave., 514-872-3626.
Eight tennis courts are located in a corner of Beaubien Park’s six hectares of green sprawl. $9 / hour. Weekdays, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Weekends, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., 6534 9th Ave., 514-872-1142.
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