Tennis in San Diego

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Most of the more than 1,300 courts around the county are in private clubs, but a few are public.

Balboa Tennis Club at Morley Field. Practice your backhand at one of the 25 courts, 19 of them lighted. The adjacent Babycakes cafe serves snacks, salads, sandwiches, and a selection of their famous cupcakes. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a daily $6-per-person fee. Heaviest use is 9 am–11 am and after 5 pm; at other times you can usually arrive and begin playing. Pros offer clinics and classes. 2221 Morley Field Dr., Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, 92104. 619/295–9278. www.balboatennis.com.

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. This tennis complex has 17 hard and clay courts, 7 of them lighted, plus professional instruction, clinics, and workouts. 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, CA, 92009. 760/931–7501. www.lacosta.com.

La Jolla Tennis Club. This club has nine public courts near downtown; five are lighted; the daily fee is $10. The club has a reservations system (call one to three days ahead to reserve a court) for members only. 7632 Draper Ave., La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037. 858/454–4434. www.ljtc.org.

Several San Diego resorts have top-notch tennis programs staffed by big-name professional instructors.

Rancho Valencia Resort. One of the top tennis resorts in the nation has 18 hard courts and several instruction programs. Tennis shoes and tennis attire (no T-shirts) are required. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067. 858/759–6224. www.ranchovalencia.com.

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