Tennis in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe



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With all the blue sky and sunshine in the Valley, it's a perfect place to play tennis or watch the pros. The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, a public facility in Surprise, is the place to watch big-time tournaments such as the Fed Cup. Most major resorts, such as the Phoenician, Wigwam, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, and JW Marriott Desert Ridge (and many smaller properties), have tennis courts. Granted, tennis plays second fiddle to golf here—but many of the larger resorts offer package tennis deals. If you're not staying at a resort, there are more than 60 public facilities in the area.

Kiwanis Park Recreation Center. This center has 15 lighted premier-surface courts (all for same-day or one-day-advance reserve). 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe, AZ, 85283. 480/350-5201.

Phoenix Tennis Center. There are 22 lighted hard courts at this city facility. 6330 N. 21st Ave., West Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 85015. 602/249–3712.

Scottsdale Ranch Park. Lessons are available at this city facility, which has 12 lighted courts. 10400 E. Via Linda, North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258. 480/312–7774.

Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. This complex features 25 public courts where you can play for 90 minutes on their state-of-the-art lighted courts for only $3. 14469 W. Paradise Lane, Surprise, AZ, 85374. 623/222–2400 or.