With the launch of the first ever UTR Flex League in Richmond just weeks away, I’ve been cataloging the condition of public tennis courts around RVA.
There’s no shortage of private tennis clubs here, but not every player is a club member. Some of the best players I know just kind of float around and play leagues and tournaments.
In the UTR league, players who aren’t club members can choose one of the city's public offerings as their “home” court.
Public courts like Byrd Park, Belmont, Battery Park, and Rockwood Park are all good choices.
Thanks to the tennis friendly folks over at Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, Rockwood Park just received a makeover as we head into spring tennis.
Newly resurfaced bright blue and green courts stand out against the backdrop of tall trees in a quiet nature setting.
There are six brand new courts, with new LED lighting panels on the lower courts.
All courts are lit as well, a bonus for those epic matches that go into the night.
Or in my case, if club clay courts aren’t yet ready by March 15th, I’ll be making these my home courts for the time being.
If you’re thinking about joining a tennis league but not sure where to look, then head over to our Richmond UTR Club page and register to play.
The UTR Leagues are singles, co-ed, have adult and junior divisions, and allow ranked 1 on 1 match play in a socially distanced environment.
With the weather around here recently I sometimes worry if spring will ever come.
Seeing these bright new courts put me at ease.
Some great matches will go down here.
See you out there!