Just like in many countries, tennis is one of the most populair sports in Germany as well. In the country of Boris Becker, Michael Stich and Steffi Graff, about 15% of the population plays the racketsport on a regular basis. With the recent success of Sabine Lisicki, the sport is only growing in popularity and more and more people decide to pick up their tennisrackets again.
Tennis in Berlin
Only in the province Brandenburg, there are already 197 registered tennisclubs. Obviously a large amount of these tennisclubs is located in Berlin. Most of the tenniscourts in Berlin are located in the western part of the city. This has to do with the Berliner Wall, which divided the city in two sides and also caused the west to be more wealthy than the east. After the war, tennis in Berlin was still a sport for the upperclass and only the richer habitants were able to play it for many years. But times have changed and right now playing tennis in Berlin is available and affordable for almost everybody.
Five of the best tennisclubs in Berlin
You can play tennis in Berlin almost in every part of the city but the clubs differ in price, size and location. Besides that, most tenniscourts in Berlin have claycourts but there are also some clubs who other surfaces. When you are planning to play some tennis in the near future, it can be helpfull to take a look at the list below. It is a list of the five best locations to play tennis in Berlin.
At the end of the article you can find a summary of the locations to play tennis in Berlin and the different clubs are also displayed in a map of the city.
1. Cheap and central: SV Berliner Brauereien
The tennisclub SV Berliner Brauereien has more often been referred to as “The club of the people”. Located in the east of Berlin, the story goes that SV Berliner Brauereien was the first club who brought the game tennis back to the middleclass in Berlin. The tenniscourts are located in Prenzlauer Berg and the club is known as one of the most cosy and young tennisclubs in Berlin.
It costs 12 euro per court to play a game of tennis on one of the 6 claycourts of SV Berliner Brauereien. If you know anybody who is a member at this tennisclub, you can introduce yourself as a guest and reduce the costs to 5 Euro. If you decide to play more often it might be smart to become a member yourself, you will have to pay a one time fee of 100 Euro and a yearly contribution of 200 Euro, but you can play as often as you want.
One large benefit of SV Berliner Brauereien is the fact that the courts are lit up. At many tennisclubs in Berlin you are not able to play after it became dark, but here you can play as long as you want. More information about this club can be found on the following website.
Name:SV Berliner BrauereienAddress:Hohenschönhauser Str. 76, 10369 BerlinSurface:ClayCourts:6Play once:12 euro per courtMembership: 200€ (140€ student)Registration: 100 Euro (once)Website: www.svbb-tennis.de
2. Multicultural tennisclub: TC Berlin Mitte
Berlin is a multicultural city and therefore tennisplayers from all over the world live here. The club TC Berlin Mitte presents itself as an “Multinationale Tennisklub” and the website states that not less 23 different nationalities are a member here. The club is one of the smaller tennisclubs in Berlin with only 200 members. TC Berlin Mitte has seven different courts and three of them are located inside. This gives you the opportunity to play tennis in the winter as well. With carpet, clay and hardcourts every tennisplayer should be able to find himself a perfect surface to play a nice round of tennis here.
The prices at TC Berlin Mitte are very reasonable. When you just want to play for once you can already play for 12 Euro an hour. When you arrive as a guest (together with a member), it only costs 5 Euro to play. The prices of the inside-courts are a bit higher but these courts can also be rented for only 15 Euro an hour. If you want to become a member you have to pay a one-time-fee of 210 Euro and a yearly contribution of the same amount.
For more information about the prices and this tennisclub in Berlin, you can check the website.
3. Large club in Charlottenburg: SCC Berlin
Earlier we already concluded that tennis in Berlin used to be quite an elite-sport. As we speak, you can see that the west of Berlin still has the larger clubs with more courts and more impressive properties. The tennisclub SCC Berlin, which is located in Charlottenburg, fits in this last category. With its 19 courts and not less than 750 members this is defenitely one of the bigger tennisclubs in Berlin. Besides their own restaurant with 300 seats you can find a large terrace and the club even owns its own beachvolleyball-court.
That SCC Berlin is one of the larger and more luxury tennisclubs in Berlin, also influences the prices. Being a member costs 470 Euro each year and besides that you also have to pay a 250 Euro registration fee. If you want to play for once you can book the inside-courts for 15-20 euro an hour. On the website you can find more information and you can also make an online reservation there.
4. Tennis in Volkspark Friedrichshain: SG Am Hain
A place to play tennis in Berlin which is defenitely interesting for tourists is SG am Hain. This club is literally located in the middle of Volkspark Friedrichshain and therefore it might have the best location to play tennis in Berlin for tourists. Besides the fact that it is very easy to reach and located in the middle of Berlin, you can also combine a visit to this club with an afternoon in the park. Friends and fans do not have to sit on the terrace of the tennisclub itself but can lay in the park and watch you play. Unfortunately this tennisclub in the Volkspark has limited capacity because it only owns 3 grasscourts.
If you want to be a member, SG am Hain is defenitely the cheapest place to play tennis in Berlin. Unfortunately the club does not accept new members at this moment because of limited capacity. Lucky enough it is not a problem at all if you want to use the tenniscourts for once. You are very welcome to make a online reservation on their website and a court costs 15 euro an hour.
5. Green location: TC Grün-Weiß-Grün
If you do not mind to take a small drive, it might be worth the time to visit the Berliner Tennisclub Grün-Weiß-Grün. This club is located northwest of Berlin and is totally surrounded by nature and lays close to a lake. With a cosy canteen, which used to be an old horse-stable, this tennisclub expresses a very nice atmosphere. The tennisclub has 6 courts with both clay and grass as surface. Since 2009 there are three extra courts for so called “freizeitspieler”, you can play there when you are not a member at any tennisclub.
Summary of the tennis in Berlin
As you can read in this article, there are plenty of possibilities if you want to play tennis in Berlin. If you want to play for once, it might be beneficial to become friends with someone who is a member at one of the tennisclubs. You will pay less and normally you will be able to play longer than one hour.
If you want to play tennis in Berlin at a regular basis it might be interesting to become a member at one of the clubs. First you have to decide how large your budget is and what you are looking for in a tennisclub. At some of the tennisclubs you only have to pay 200 Euro a year but there are also clubs who request not less than 1000 Euro. To summarise all the prices of tennis in Berlin, you can find a small table below:
|Play once||With member||Membership||Courts|
|TC Berlin Mitte||12€||5€||210€||6|
|SG am Hain||15€||7,50€||80€||3|