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Old 07-13-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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after another visit to the tampa bay / st. pete area I was extremely dissapointed to find only a hand full of public tennis courts in the greater tb/sp area.

for a place with so much sunshine and good weather i bet there are fewer tennis courts per capita in tb/sp compared to the austin, tx and even the chicago metropolitan area.

what a dissapointment. any locals care to prove me wrong? I would be more than happy to be proved wrong.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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It's too hot.....
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:09 PM
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Only tourists play tennis outside during the 9 months of summer. Its just too dang hot!!!! For those who love the game, they usually play at private clubs on indoor courts. Also, a lot of communities have their own courts so there isn't much of a need for lots of public ones.

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Old 07-13-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Pinellas has over 600 courts.
City of Tampa has almost 100 and the county itself has many more.

Not all are public but there are plenty. You may just want to ask around.

They had courts where I lived in Cove Cay in Pinellas, had some right around the corner at Veterans Park when I lived in Hudson and have many here in Hernando.

A quick check of the Hillsborough Parks website shows that 19 of the parks have tennis courts.

And just some trivia that you will never need to know, Aberdeen, South Dakota has the most tennis courts per capita and Minneapolis has the most public courts per capita.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Huh? They're everywhere! We have a lot of pros who train in this area, too. Ever hear of Saddlebrook or Nick Bollettieri? I can think of at least 6 near my house in Carrollwood. Maybe they just weren't that obvious where you stayed.
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:20 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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There are courts throughout my area, South Tampa. I play at the Middle School courts up the street, or head over to the City Courts on Himes Ave, just south of Euclid Ave. Many of the Apartment Complexes also have courts...
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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I know of at least 8 easy access, free courts around the central pinellas area. I think it's a matter of asking either rec centers or locals
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:57 PM
 
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IMHO it's way too HOT to play tennis outside.
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: I will be escaping Suck City and landing in Tampa in December
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Considering that there are NONE where I live now, Tampa is a tennis nirvana whenever I go there. The USTA is HQ'd in Florida. It's probably not a bad place to play, even outdoors. I guess nobody golfs in Florida either, because of the heat, eh? Or maybe everyone plays golf in private, indoor golf courses? Or goes to those private, indoor beaches?

Geez people.

I'm going to open a spine transplant business when I move to Florida next year....
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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IMHO it's way too HOT to play tennis outside.
People play tennis early in the morning, or the evening. Many courts are lighted you know. Geez there are tennis courts ALL over Florida,- even when I lived in little old Dade City (population a few thousand) we had public tennis courts. Every city I have lived in here in Florida has plenty of courts.
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