This Summer, Hit The Court!

By: Aaron B. Cohen | June 6, 2022

Just last month, Wayne State University’s tennis team completed a historic run for the NCAA championship – the first GLIAC Conference team to do so. While they ultimately fell in the final round (4-1), their success is a testament to the team’s promising future and a community that embraces the sport at all levels of competition.

For generations, Metro Detroiters have embraced tennis for the fun it provides, the implicit health benefits, and perhaps more than anything, the opportunity to take on the challenge as a family. Tennis clubs are a mainstay in the lives of many Metro Detroiters, but for those who are new to the sport, or hesitant to commit to a club membership, there are dozens of public courts that provide the means to develop skills and connect with friends and family.

Sam Subia knows a thing or two about Metro Detroit tennis. A Huntington Woods native, he serves both as an instructor at the Troy Racquet Club and as head coach of the Berkley High School varsity team. He gave In the D the inside scoop on where to set your match this summer:

Huntington Woods

The tiny, historic community nestled between Royal Oak, Berkley, and Oak Park offers various locations to play. You can play a few sets at the corner of 11-Mile and Meadowcrest, or head over to the “Rec” where along with tennis courts, you’ll find one of the best public pools in town. Make it a family day and cool off by the water after getting your workout on the court.

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Belle Isle

As if you needed another reason to spend the day at Detroit’s island gem, Belle Isle is home to tennis courts that will add some competition to your day outdoors. Bring the entire family, and plan to spend the day chilling beachside or exploring the conservatory after you finish your game.

Meininger Park

Royal Oak’s Meininger Park features tennis courts along with a full playground. If the kids get bored on the court, send them off to the swingset while starting your journey to pick-up tennis champion.

Troy Racquet Club

While Troy Racquet Club does offer memberships, courts are also available to the public for $8. It’s a great place to get a feel for the game, and if interested, pursue lessons on-site. You’re also right by the aquatic center, so you’ve got everything you need for a day of family fun at your disposal.