For a Secluded Game
Washington Market Park, washingtonmarketpark.org
Many public-court stalwarts don’t even know the “secret” court in Tribeca’s Washington Market Park exists, most likely because it’s a single and abuts the Tribeca Bridge. The sign-up sheet is posted at 7 a.m., and times are often snapped up by the neighborhood’s retirees and residents-at-leisure. Members of the early-rising finance crowd tend to go for the prime evening slots even if they don’t end up playing (which is often, so swinging by with your gear is occasionally rewarded). The court is built east-west instead of north-south, so the setting sun can be a major problem for one player in the afternoon. The locals, however, take excellent care of it. It’s got a nice, private feel, and having a working water fountain is a plus. “The massive effort that goes into securing a tennis court is part of the experience of a summer of tennis in the city,” says Gianmaria Schonlieb, the creative director for Lyft. “I don’t sleep late, and I don’t do brunch. My whole weekend is now in service of tennis. It makes the reward richer when you’re able to secure a prime slot in Tribeca.”
David Shaftel is editor and co-founder of Racquet magazine.
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