The Central Park Tennis Center offers the largest collection of public courts in the city, with twenty-six clay and four hard courts. The courts are open from April — November; more information on hours, lessons, and accessibility can be found here.
The modern game of tennis originated in Great Britain in the 1870s. The lawn tennis craze quickly spread to the United States and became part of Central Park's array of sports activities. In the 1880s, open meadows in Central Park were used for temporary lawn tennis courts during the summer months. The tennis house at North Meadow Recreation Center was built in 1930, making the sport a permanent fixture in the Park. Tennis greats such as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, and John McEnroe have all played in the Park.