Where to Play Tennis Around Leschi
Leschi Park Tennis Court
Leschi Park has a single tennis court. From the business area, take Lake Washington Boulevard South, up the hill. Go under the overpass for the old Cable Car Trail, and you will find the tennis court on the left.
There are no lights at the court, so tennis is limited to daylight hours. There is a small backboard on one of the walls of the hurricane fencing. There is a small parking lot for a few cars. Since there is only one court, it is often occupied in good weather. There is also a restroom not far away, and the Leschi Market is just down the hill.
Also since it is an outdoor court, the court surface may be littered with debris, especially after storms or strong winds, so you may find bringing an old broom useful.
Mount Baker Park Tennis Court
Mount Baker Park has a double tennis court, with two courts side by side. From the Leschi business area, take Lake Washington Boulevard South, for about a mile and a half.
Go under the I-90 bridge, and continue to the Mount Baker Beach. Turn right at Lake Park Drive South, which is right across the street from the swimming area.
Follow the road through the old trees and you will find the tennis court on the right. There is a small parking lot for a few cars. There are lights at the court, so you can play after dark. Mioposto Cafe is just down the street on McClellan. There are no backboards nearby. It is an outdoor court, the court surface may be littered with debris, especially after storms or strong winds.
Also during the day there are a lot of families playing in the park, and you may find children using the court surface for activities other than tennis.
Tennis Court at Sam Smith Park
Smith Park has a double tennis court, with two courts side by side.
You can find Sam Smith park by car, by taking Alder up the hill from the Leschi business district. Continue up the hill on Yesler and turn left on Martin Luther King Jr Way. Follow MLK south, past Judkins to South Irving Street. The park is on both sides of MLK, but the tennis courts are to the left. The only parking is along MLK Way, but it is a short walk. There are no lights so tennis is limited to daylight hours.
If you want to find it by bike or on foot, it is located on the west end of the I-90 tunnel, the Mount Baker Tunnel, where the bike/walking trail comes out of the tunnel.
Madrona Playground Tennis Court
Madrona is just north of Leschi. Madrona Playground is right in the middle of Madrona on 32nd and Spring. The tennis courts are at the city park. There are no lights so tennis is limited to daylight hours.
Seward Park Tennis Court
Seward Park is about five miles south of Leschi. Just follow Lake Washington Boulevard south as it winds its way around the lake. The tennis courts are at the south end of the parking lot. There are no lights so tennis is limited to daylight hours.
The LID (Mercer Island) Park Tennis Court
LID Park in Mercer Island has a double tennis court, with two courts side by side. They also have a concrete wall along the basketball court that tennis players can use to practice their swing.
You can find the LID by taking the I-90 bridge east over the lake and getting off the freeway at the first exit coming off the bridge. Then turn left and follow the road. The tennis courts do not have lights so you are limited to daylight hours.
There is parking near the court for several cars. There is a restroom just down the I-90 trail to the east.
Amy Yee Tennis Center - Indoor & Outdoor
The Amy Yee Tennis center is located at 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. They have 4 outdoor tennis courts, and 10 indoor tennis courts. Amy Yee Tennis Center business hours vary depending on the day:
Mon-Fri, Sep 1-May 31 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sat/Sun, Sep 1-May 31 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Mon-Fri, June 1-Aug 31 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat/Sun, June 1-Aug 31 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
They also offer tennis lessons for all ages at all levels, at various times during the week. You can join group classes or hire an instructor individually by the hour. They have scheduled matches, as well as court rental and ball machine rental by the hour. See the Seattle parks website for more information.