The “Underground” Tennis Club at Grand Central

New York is the city of secrets. Secret alleyways, secret bars, secret tunnels, secret burial grounds, and of course a prime location for secret trysts.

What about secret tennis clubs? There’s that, too.

Back in 2011 the Vanderbilt Tennis Club opened its doors to the public on the fourth floor of Manhattan’s busiest transportation hub, Grand Central. The space was leased to Anthony Scolnick, a tennis entrepreneur who currently owns two other tennis clubs in Manhattan. He landed a 10-year lease from the MTA for a reported $350,000 per year.

Tennis in Grand Central isn’t a new phenomenon–Donald Trump used to lease the space, previously and famous players would practice there before the U.S. Open. The space was renovated to make room for a MTA employee lounge in 2009 and the new courts are now on the fourth floor. Previously the space was owned by a Hungarian immigrant who installed a 65-ft ski slope made of Astroturf.

Like any “secret” club in NYC, you can expect to pay a pretty penny for access, however. While the Tennis Club is public, hourly rates start at $100 and go as high as $210. You have to be a real tennis fanatic to want to pay those rates and then commute home on the dreaded Metro-North Railroad.

If you are interested in booking time or checking out more about the Vanderbilt Tennis Club, click here.


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Abigail Bassett

Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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