Madrid Tennis Clubs

Over the past few years, tennis has surged in popularity among Madrid locals. This is thanks, in large part, to the success of Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is unquestionably among the world’s greatest living tennis players and has inspired a generation of enthusiasts in the country’s capital.

In 2002, Madrid joined the international tennis circuit by becoming one of the hosts of the Masters Series. The famed Madrid Open, site of the one-time foray into blue clay, is one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments, bringing in the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

The tournament is good for Madrid, too, bringing in annual benefits exceeding 107 million euros. Luckily for tennis fans visiting the city, this translates into an abundance of options for courts and clubs.

Club de Tenis Chamartín

If you’re on the city’s east side, the best option is to visit the Club de Tenis Chamartín, a massive complex. This facility offers 23 indoor and outdoor courts to tennis enthusiasts.

The rates to use these facilities are inexpensive, too. Renting a tennis court will only set you back 4 euros as an individual and 5 euros for doubles.

The closest metro station to the club is Colombia, but you should expect to take another 15-minute walk to get to the building itself. If you don’t want that hassle, I would suggest that you take a bus – the 7, 40, and 150 will all take you within striking distance of the building itself.

Club Internacional de Tenis

If you prefer to play on red clay, Club Internacional de Tenis offers 16 such courts. It also has several other facilities to make your experience more comfortable, including a sauna, physical therapy, and a health centre.

Unfortunately, this club is a bit of a trek outside of Madrid. Expect the journey to take about an hour, and be prepared to use different forms of public transportation. The most common route would be to take metro line 3 from the city centre to Moncloa and take one of the green busses (651, 652, 653, 654) to the Club de Tenis station.

Casa de Campo Tennis Courts

Once a royal hunting ground, the Casa de Campo is the largest urban park in Spain. These days it offers an entirely different type of recreation in well-class tennis facilities.  Casa de Capo offers 15 hard surface courts with a pebbled surface, open to the public.

This is probably the best option for those who want to mix sport with tourism, as the park itself is a Madrid must-see for any tourist visiting the city. The whole park is a hill and offers stunning views of the city.

The courts are easily accessible via Metro or the Teleferico, Madrid’s cable car system. To take the cable car, you need to go to the Rosales Station, which is on the eastern side of the park just north of the Temple of Debod. This will take you right into the park’s centre and save you a long climb.

Once inside the park, you may need a little help navigating the 1,700 hectares to find the courts. Here you have a few options. Near the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Club de Campo offers a well-regarded tennis school where an hour’s class costs around 35 euros on the eastern side of the park.

If you take the cable cart, you will get off near the Pista de Tenis Juan Pinel, which is probably the best option for those who aren’t looking to take lessons. Here, you’ll find well-maintained tennis courts open to the public in a beautiful landscape.

The Club de Campo has 16 clay courts, four artificial grass courts, and ten hard-surface courts for those who don't need or want classes.

If you ever get bored of tennis, the park also offers several other sites, including a zoo and a theme park!

Manzanares Park

Known as the Magic Box, the tennis club at Manzanares Park is one of the largest in Europe. It can house more than 20,000 spectators and features sixteen outdoor courts, five indoor courts, and six covered courts.

There are three primary courts, with the central court housed under a gigantic retractable roof.

Since 2009, the Magic Box has been the home of the Madrid Open and was even considered a venue for Madrid’s failed bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The facility has been used for other sports. In January 2013, it was the Madrid venue for the 2013 World Men’s Handball Championships. It also served as the home stadium for the Real Madrid basketball team for the 2010-2011 season.

If you fancy sightseeing before or after watching a tennis match, the park offers much. The pinnacle is a massive 13-foot bronze and steel sculpture called La Dama del Manzanares, dedicated to the river that runs through Madrid. It stands on top of La Atalaya, the artificial hill on a 21-metre-high pyramid. The whole structure is lit by some 24 spotlights, the colours of which change by the season.

To get to The Magic Box, take the metro to San Fermín-Orcasur station and then walk for about 10 minutes along Avenida de Los Fueros to reach the facility itself.

Club de Tenis El Viso

Located in Madrid’s wealthiest neighbourhood, Club de Tenis El Viso is an excellent option if you stay in the city’s north. You’ll find two bookable tennis courts there, and the facility offers lessons for both adults and children.

The closest metro station to Club de Tenis El Viso is República Argentina, which you can reach by travelling on line 6. If you’re travelling from the city centre, that will likely require a change of trains. It may be faster to arrive by bus to the Nuevos Ministerios station, an 11-minute walk from the facility, but it would be a more direct route.

Club de Tenis Corbachotenis

Just west of the Manzanares river, the Club de Tenis Corbachotenis is a spacious facility offering well-regarded tennis lessons to students of all ages and abilities. It’s also near the lovely Parque de La Ermita del Santo, an excellent location for a quick warm-up or cool-down jog.

This facility is quite accessible if you take the bus from the city centre, our recommendation. The closest bus stop is La Ermita del Santo Park stop, a 10-minute walk from the facility.

Tennis Courts at Parque de Pradolongo

If you’re staying in the city’s south, there are publicly-available tennis courts in the Parque de Pradolongo. These are conveniently located just outside the Avenida de los Poblados metro station, so you can’t miss them if you take the metro.

The park and courts are in the south of the Usera neighbourhood, a diverse suburban environment sometimes referred to as “Madrid’s Chinatown.” It takes about 40 minutes to reach the courts, so these are mainly a good option if you stay south of the city centre.

There’s no shortage of other nearby sports facilities if you fancy mixing up your training, including football and rugby fields. Since these are public access courts, there’s no need to book in advance.

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