The Club at Harper's Point encompasses the essentials for wellness and entertainment, including tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool exclusively for adults. The tennis courts span both indoor and outdoor acreage, with 10 sheltered courts sporting a cushy DecoTurf that gently buoys balls, feet, and dropped crystal vases. Outside, 11 HarTru Sports soft courts host rapid-fire matches and classes or camps for all ages amid shaded gazebos. In the fitness center, certified personal trainers whip bodies into shape atop Cybex and Hammer strength equipment, as well as treadmills and ellipticals equipped with TVs. The fitness staff also captains exercise classes including spinning, aerobics, and yoga to chisel physiques and wake muscles from their winter hibernation. Visitors can wind down from workouts at the pool.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively caf?, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
The experienced instructors at Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club know what it takes to win games against tough opponents. Brian Clark and Steve Levine both crossed rackets with skilled rivals while playing for Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. And Doug Matthews helps lead collegiate students to victory as the assistant coach of Xavier's men's and women's tennis teams. It's this wealth of experience that makes the club’s group lessons so successful. Classes are designed to improve the skills of all players, whether they're well versed in the sport or have only used a racket to bat away a bumblebee.
Established: Before 1950
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All ages
When Hyde Park Tennis Club first opened in 1913, tennis was still a relatively new sport. By the end of 1915, 109 people had joined the tennis club, including some women, proving that the sport had staying power, unlike the passing trend of looking angry in photographs. Over the years the club has continued to grow in popularity, and many of its current members have been with HPTC for decades.
In a Hyde Park Living magazine article, members explained why they love the club so much, noting that players there are "competitive in a professional, friendly way" and that the club helps introduce players of similar skill levels to one another. It also may be due to HPTC's relaxed nature?no court reservations are ever needed, members can just come and go as they please. Tennis matches unfold on six Har-Tru clay courts, which tend to be easier on the joints and result in slower, higher bounces and more rallies.
For the first time ever, the Western & Southern Open—one of the nation's oldest professional tennis tournaments still played in its city of origin—will host top-tier men's and women's matches during the week of August 13–21. Two single session tickets offer up 300-level seating to the first rounds of session 5 held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, a venue stocked with three televised match courts and nets containing snap-happy lobsters. Live music, food vendors, and racket-slamming action captivate the crowd before announcers crown male and female winners. Past victors of the Western & Southern Open include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, and an out-of-control tennis ball-launching machine.
Though it's been around since 1999, South Regency Tennis and Fitness underwent a huge renovation in 2008, making the facility more accommodating to racket-swinging members than ever. Inside, visitors will find eight newly resurfaced courts, while outside, six outdoor hard courts keep players swinging their rackets year-round. But playing isn't everything, so the 2,800-square-foot fitness facility offers visitors the chance to tone and strengthen on days they're not swinging rackets and hammering volleys in the spirit of John "Thor" McEnroe.