The game: Krakow's favored racquet sport.
tennis is much less elitist than golf or even squash. The young
give it a try as any other recreational sport, the middle-aged
take it up as an alternative to other outdoor activities. Sure,
as elsewhere, tennis in Krakow has also a legion of devotees age
eight to eighty, eager to spend on the court a couple of hours
possibly every day. And there are tennis pros in the city as
best exemplified by Agnieszka Radwanska, one of the world’s top
female players on the WTA tour.
The set: tennis courts in Krakow.
As elsewhere in Poland, lawn
tennis is played in Krakow mostly on clay. There is not a single
grass court in the city and hardly any proper hard court. Cheap
tarmac-covered tennis courts are poor surrogate for the
synthetic hard surface found at Flushing Meadows or Melbourne
Park. Also, some tennis clubs in Krakow boast carpet courts.
There are just a few indoor courts – either clay or carpeted
ones – so in winter tennis centers erect inflatable dome tents
over some of their outdoor courts.
The match: where you can play tennis in Krakow.
Krakow’s best known tennis
clubs are Nadwislan at 20 Koletek street, Olsza at 7
Siedleckiego street, Zwierzyniecki at 1 Na Bloniach street, and
Grzegorzecki at 16 Pokoju avenue. Apart from rearing pro players
they make their facilities available to tennis amateurs, at a
price. Nobody needs a membership to play and the courts are
rented on a walk-in basis but it’s advisable to book in advance
because tennis courts in Krakow stay taken most of the time. The
same applies to a few commercial tennis centers operating in the
city. At both kinds of tennis havens one may employ instructors
paid by the hour.
Rates hover around forty
zloties (PLN) per hour for an outdoor court and seventy zloties
per hour for a indoor one. It’s usually a little cheaper before
3 p.m. and on weekend when there is less demand.
Tennis rackets, shoes, costumes, strings, and basic accessories
are available practically at every sporting goods store in
Krakow. Unfortunately, the selection is rather limited so don’t
expect them to stock the top pro frames or the latest models of
Stringing services are available in the tennis shops and at
large sports emporiums usually situated in major
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