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Where to Play

 Crandon Park Tennis Center 
Outside of tournament dates, the county-owned sports complex that hosts the Sony Ericsson Open is accessible to the general public, offering amateur players an opportunity to test their mettle on the same courts where the pros compete in March of each year. In addition to a full-service clubhouse and pro shop, the facility has 18 Laykold cushioned hard courts, plus two grass courts and six clay courts (four with green American clay and two with red European clay). Courts are open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with fees charged per person, per hour of play, and reservations accepted in advance by phone. Hard courts cost $3 per adult during daylight hours, or $5 per adult in the evening. Clay and grass courts, which are open during daylight hours only, cost $6 per adult for grass or $10 per adult for clay. The stadium court rents for $12 per person, per hour. The tennis center abuts the championship Crandon Park Golf Course north of the village of Key Biscayne and is accessible from the mainland by car via the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Information: Crandon Park Tennis Center, (305) 365-2300
 Flamingo Park Tennis Center 
Facilities at this city park in the South Beach area of Miami Beach include 19 clay courts (15 with lighting) and a tennis pro shop, with various clinics and other instructional programs managed by a private concessionaire, Green Square Tennis. The courts are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are taken by phone one day in advance, and the nonresident fee is $8 per person, per hour.
Information: Flamingo Park Tennis Center, (305) 365-2300
At North Shore Park in northern Miami Beach, tennis players have access to 10 clay courts and two hard courts adjacent to a new family-oriented recreation center. The facility features a pro shop and lighting on all courts, with clinics and other instructional programs managed by Green Square Tennis. The courts are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are taken by phone up to one day in advance, with a nonresident fee of $8 per person, per hour.
Information: North Shore Tennis Center, (305) 604-4080
 Biltmore and Salvadore Park Tennis Centers 
The city of Coral Gables a few miles southwest of downtown Miami operates these two public tennis facilities, one of which is set on the manicured grounds of the old Biltmore Hotel. The William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center offers 10 lighted hard courts adjacent to the original hotel building, a soaring Spanish-revival structure completed in 1926. Thirteen additional lighted courts -- eight with clay surface and five hard courts -- are located six blocks north of the Biltmore at Salvadore Park. Both facilities are open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with nonresident fees of $5.50 per hour between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., $7.50 per hour for evening play, or $7.50 for all-day access between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Information: Biltmore and Salvadore Park Tennis Centers, (305) 460-5360
 Judge Arthur I. Snyder Tennis Center 
This handsome facility in North Miami Beach -- a city distinct from Miami Beach itself, situated at the northern end of Biscayne Bay -- offers a dozen HydroGrid clay courts and six Laykold hard courts along with racquetball and paddleball courts, a pro shop and a clubhouse with locker rooms and showers. All of the hard courts and half of the clay courts are lighted for evening play. The center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a nonresident fee of $7 per person, per day. Reservations are taken by phone up to one day in advance, with priority given to local residents.
Information: Judge Arthur I. Snyder Tennis Center, (305) 919-0839
 Tropical Park Tennis Center 
Twelve lighted hard courts are available at this large recreation area on the site of a former race track in southwest Miami. Courts are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with advance reservations accepted by phone no more than two days in advance. The cost is $2 per person, per hour during daylight hours, or $2.50 per person, for evening platy.
Information: Tropical Park Tennis Center, (305) 553-3161
More City and County Courts
The Miami-Dade County department of parks and recreation operates more than 200 public tennis courts at dozens of locations around the city. A complete directory is available online at www.miamidade.gov/parks/tennis_locations.asp.