Tennis courts are expected to start opening next Monday, but one set of courts on the Upper West Side got a head start. The Riverside Clay Tennis Association, which has 10 courts in Riverside Park around West 96th Street, opened on Monday. The courts are available for public use, but are privately managed and offer lessons.
The Central Park courts are still listed as closed on the Parks Department website.
Some players at other courts are frustrated about having to wait when the Riverside Courts are already open, they told The City news site.
“If the city has determined that the reopening for tennis courts falls under Phase 3, then that should be applicable to all public courts,” said Hope, a 63-year-old tennis player from Washington Heights who asked that her last name not be used.
Reached by phone on Monday, McIntyre told THE CITY two top leaders at the conservancy, Garodnick and John Herrold, asked the Parks Department if the courts could reopen. Their request was granted, McIntyre said.
“I don’t see how that’s unfair,” McIntyre said when informed of the complaints. “I’m astonished anybody would say that.”