Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, there always comes a time when you need to look for a new tennis partner. Finding someone that you enjoy playing with does not need to be hard. Below are a few resources that can help you meet new players.
ZippyTennis.com is one of the easiest and best ways to find local players. You can see a list of local players, and then filter by different criteria that matter to you. This service is free.
Tennis courts are where the action happens. Spend some time watching the other players. When you find someone who is around your skill level, approach them, and exchange contact information. People are always trying to find new hitting partners, so they will be very open to the idea. But be mindful when approaching players that seem to way above your skill level.
If you don't find anyone on the first try, try again another day. Typically the best hours are after 5 pm on a weekday or any time on a weekend.
You probably have Facebook friends who play tennis! Search for “tennis” in interests, and Facebook will show you connections that play tennis.
Meetup is a great tool for meeting new people. Chances are there is already a group of tennis players that regularly meet near you, and you can join them.
Whether you play doubles or singles, tournaments are a great way to meet new players. Go to the USTA website, enter your zip code to find tennis tournaments near you.
The USTA League is a program for recreational players. There is a league for almost every skill level, from beginners to advanced. Matches are played at various parks, tennis centers, and clubs. There is an annual USTA membership you need to pay, and there might be a fee each time you play another team. Visit USTA to find local leagues to join.
Group tennis clinics are a great way to get introduced to actual play and meet other new players. Clinics are not just for beginners. There are also clinics for intermediate and advanced players. Activities range from drills to match play.
A coach isn't just someone who can help you improve your game. They can also be an excellent asset for connecting you to the local tennis community.
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