This ain’t a country club: 5 free, public tennis courts in Austin

The weather’s cooling off. You’ve got the racket, a can of balls and somebody willing to hit them back and forth with you -- but do you have a court? If finding a well-kept, open public tennis court in Austin is all that’s standing between you and that U.S. Open trophy, we can help.

Try one of these courts for your next matches:

1. Shipe Park 

What Shipe lacks in number of available courts (only two), it makes up for in Hyde Park charm. The courts are lighted, and serve as a calm, central place to play if you can grab an open spot.

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2. South Austin Tennis Center (Rippner Tennis)

The courts at the South Austin Tennis Center are public, but managed. What that means for you as a player is maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. Also class opportunities, a pro shop, 10 lighted courts and plenty of like-minded players.

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3. Ramsey Park

Much like Shipe, Ramsey’s two dependable, lighted, concrete courts offer a charming place to hit some balls. The courts are located right next to a bustling playground and public pool, and, as one Yelp reviewer put it, are “a little rough around the edges but a gem nonetheless.” 

4. Caswell Tennis Center

These public, managed courts are close to campus, clean and the complex provides numerous programs for both children and adults. There are eight available courts.

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5. Pharr Tennis Center

This public and managed tennis center offers eight lighted courts and a two-person backboard. It’s also a great spot to get your racket restrung or look into joining a casual league. 


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