Come spring, Toronto’s public tennis courts are a terrific – and cheap – place to work on that backhand slice. For now, however, those courts are sloshy skating rinks. What’s an aspiring Agassi to do? (Wear a wig?) Head to one of these indoor courts and you’ll have no excuse for sloppy service come spring.
North York Winter Tennis Club
This club is actually three clubs, with bubbles at Peanut Plaza, Don Mills and Lawrence, and Cassandra Park. Commitment-phobes rejoice: Non-members can book courts here by the hour. $210, membership; $25/hour for non-members
Scarborough Winter Tennis Club
Membership is optional at these five covered courts, but advance reservations are a must. The house league and round-robin tournaments are robust; there’s action here from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. most days. $14.50 – $19.50/hour
Eglinton Flats Winter Tennis League
Well-priced membership offers access to group or private lessons, house leagues, ladders – and the ability to book one of the six bubble-covered courts online. $299/year
Greenwin Tennis Club
After your game on one of four hard clay courts, relax with an ice cold brewski by the members’ lounge fireplace. Members receive a free skills assessment and access to lessons packages at all skill levels. $1,499/year
Toronto Lawn Tennis Club
A small fortune buys you access to this old-school, exclusive club, which also offers top-notch gym facilities, a cozy bar and an upscale dining room. Membership includes reciprocity with 80 exclusive clubs worldwide, and a strong chance of seeing lots of yummy mummies. If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
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