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One of South Florida’s most popular sports, tennis, serves as a fantastic way to spend a beautiful sunny day. Whether you’ve got your own gear or need to rent some, there are plenty of opportunities to play in Miami Beach. From our favorite courts to how to find a game, here is everything you need to know to play tennis during your stay in South Beach:

Flamingo Park Tennis Center

This center was completely renovated in 2013 and has 17 brand new outdoor clay courts.  Flamingo even throws on the lights at night so you can play till 9:30 pm. The hourly rate is $10 and $11.50 at night. You can make court reservations on their website. The best part is that these courts are just a 15-minute walk from the Winterhaven Hotel.

Facility & Services

If you haven’t brought your racket, not to worry, the Flamingo Park Tennis Center has plenty available to rent. The shop also has everything you need available for purchase including: rackets, balls, shoes, sports apparel, socks, sunscreen, duffle bags, sunglasses, and more. In addition, the shop has same-day racket stringing services if necessary.

Classes

The Flamingo Park Tennis Center offers a variety of programs to help up your game. There are group classes for kids ages 4-12 as well as the tournament training academy for serious junior players. Also, adults can attend clinics catered towards those who want to get a good cardio workout, and those who want more advanced training. The most effective way to improve your skills, however, is to splurge on a private lesson with a club pro.

Free Public Courts

If you have your own equipment and are willing to venture a little farther from the hotel, there are a few public courts that you can use at no charge. The closest one is at the old Bayshore Municipal Golf Course. The Miami Beach Golf Club and Polo Park courts are also nearby.

Find a Tennis Buddy

Looking for a friend to play with? Try downloading the Wimble app that connects you with players nearby looking for a tennis partner. You can also try asking the folks at the pro shop at the Flamingo Park Tennis Center for help arranging a game with someone.