League of Its Own
The four best leagues in town for every ability
Charlotte Tennis Association (CTA)
With around 9,500 members and connections to private and public clubs and Charlotte Mecklenburg Park & Recreation, the CTA coordinates leagues around the county in spring, summer, and fall for adults and seniors. There are also junior teams for kids four to eighteen years old.
Cost: $40 per year for adults and $18 per year for youth members. (Plus there are plenty of deals for family and multiple-year memberships.)
Queen City Tennis League (QCTL)
The QCTL teams up with more than thirty clubs around Charlotte to coordinate four, six- and nine-week seasons throughout the year, including weekday, Saturday, and (for those who like to play in sweatpants) Polar Bear leagues.
Cost: None. There's no cost to be a member, but you do need to be a member of your local neighborhood club.
While its name connotes a club for singles, MatchMaker tennis isn't eHarmony on the court, but rather a place for tennis enthusiasts of all levels to just play. It offers private and group lessons, weekend tournaments, fitness clinics, and, best of all, a forum to play singles and doubles with men and women of your ability.
Cost: $15 a month
Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club (CITC)
The desire to show off your perfect forehand in a five-set match doesn't end when the leaves turn. CITC allows players to play year round, no matter the forecast, on one of its six hard indoor or ten clay outdoor courts.
Cost: $500 initiation fee plus quarterly dues of $285 and court fees of $26 per hour. Membership covers you, your spouse, and any children under eighteen.
8401 Sharon Lakes Rd., 704-554-7777