Feb. 9, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A Brooklyn-based indoor tennis club known for its children’s programming will be officially opening its massive Long Island City location early next week.
Court 16, the name of the private club, is set to open its 11,000 square-foot facility at 13-06 Queens Plaza on Feb. 12 to the public.
The bright-yellow warehouse adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge comes with features never-before-seen in tennis clubs, including the only customizable LED tennis courts in the United States on a glass surface, and the most advanced flooring system in the world, according to the company.
The company is geared toward families with young children, with a focus on instilling confidence and skill in the sport for kids between 2 and 12 years-old through group lessons and private classes.
“I’ve experienced firsthand the lasting effects a caring community and positive sporting experience can have on a child’s life, which inspired the concept for Court 16,” said Anthony Evrard, the company’s founder and a former NCAA Division I tennis player.
The space will see a total of nine courts of varying sizes. Three 30-foot courts are designed for children ages 2 to 6, and are the ideal size for these young learners. Four USTA-sanctioned 36-foot-courts will also available for children from ages 6 to 10. Advanced players ages 10 and up can use two USTA-approved 60-foot tennis courts.
The flooring, according to Court 16, will provide maximum cushioning and rebound value to help reduce the risk of injury and create a safer environment for children to play in.
In addition, the center will offer specialized classes for children who are visually impaired and have special needs.
But children won’t be the only ones in on the fun, as group and individual classes ranging from foundational techniques to full-on play will also be available for adults. Court 16 will also offer social and competitive play for adults, ideal for recreational leagues, as well as event space for team building events.
Memberships for children start at $350, with a drop in price for families with more than one child. For adults, class packs overing one, five, and ten sessions go for $48, $215, and $410, respectively. More information on pricing and discounts can be found on Court 16’s website.
The new center will also hold a small retail space with products from brands like Lacoste, Babolat, and Alpha industries.
Court 16 was founded in 2014, with its first facility located in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. Plans to open a Long Island City location were announced last year.