Admittedly, very few individuals come to Las Vegas simply to play tennis. The lure of the famed Vegas Strip attracts most visitors with its giant, illuminated signs and promises of soon-to-be-made fortunes in extravagant casinos. World-renown entertainment acts like Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group and Celine Dion have made a home between the blinding lights and spinning roulette wheels.
But consider trading black jack cards for a racquet for a few hours to give your bank account a breather and allow your lungs to fill with fresh air. Below are several convenient spots to play tennis in Las Vegas.
Conveniently located on the Vegas Strip, Bally’s hotel offers diverse accommodations at a wide range of prices to satisfy most visitors, from the budgeted traveler to the high roller. And like so many other Vegas hotels, Bally’s boasts its own casino and list of shows. However, what sets Bally’s apart is that the facilities include the largest tennis complex on the Vegas Strip.
A staff that includes former ATP player David Pate offers daily two-hour clinics (8 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays) and private lessons. Nevada Tennis Hall of Famer Ann Rockwell also offers clinics and lessons at Bally’s. Or you can rent one of the eight lighted tennis courts. A full-service pro shop is also available at the tennis complex. Call (702) 967-4598 for court reservations.
Located one block from the Vegas Strip, LHV features six hard courts (including four lighted), a ball machine, private and group lessons and clinics, and court rentals, among other perks. Take a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi after your game before descending back into the casino. If not everyone in your party is a tennis enthusiast, then send them to the spa or 18-hole golf course that flaunts views of the Strip from the fairways.
Break Away from the Strip
If you and your family need a break from the 24-hour chaos found on the Vegas Strip, head on over to the Amanda & Stacy Darling Memorial Tennis Center, which is located on the western end of town. With 23-lighted hardcourts and a stadium that can accommodate up to 3,000 spectators, the Darling Memorial Tennis Center is the largest tennis facility in Nevada and has hosted multiple ATP tournaments.
Clinics and lessons are available for both adults and children. Courts are open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Court reservations can be made up to two days in advance.