Discover the Racquet Club in Your Own Backyard

May 16, 2018

 For our Roosevelt Island neighbors who may have wondered what happens beneath our bubbled roof, we’d like to introduce ourselves. 


We are the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (RIRC), the indoor tennis courts located between the Tram and Sportspark. RIRC is a year-round indoor facility with a full range of programs for all ages. Members and non-members alike are taking advantage of the quality programs, amenities, and ambience of one of the metro area’s top indoor tennis facilities – right in your own backyard. 


Adult Programs


RIRC’s Adult Programs cover the full range of levels and needs. Director Chuck Russell ( draws on a vast amount of experience in the tennis industry. He is a former indoor club owner, college coach, camp director, and fitness center director. He is a dual-certification (USPTA & PTR) teaching pro, is a member of the USTA National/Workshop Faculty and Clinician for Schools Programs, and is 10U and Net Gen certified. He’s also a decent guitar player!


Our Adult Beginner academy is unique. It offers affordable lessons on a variety of days and times, and includes a Friday Night Beginner/Advanced Beginner Mixer. Play while you learn.


Our programs include Cardio Tennis for a great, heart-pumping workout. Drill & Play lessons are grouped by ability for players who want to focus on level-appropriate technique, strategy, and play.


The play programs include our Early Bird program (with a monthly unlimited-play option), the Saturday Night Mixer (play, change partners, play again, repeat…), and our Wednesday Mid-Day Invitational Mixer (includes lunch). We have leagues where results are charted for your level.


This summer, come check out our Adult Tennis Camp. 


Offered over five weeklong sessions, Adult Camp will run Monday-Thursday, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Buy a full week, or opt for the “pick your days” package. You can even come for just a day (and what a day it will be!).


Or, hey, just book a court to rent and play – or rent the whole facility for a party, wedding, bris, graduation; or just because it’s Friday! We are here for you.


Adult Membership


Did you know that Roosevelt Island residents get half off their membership at the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club? That’s right! Any Island resident is entitled to a 50% discount on any racquet club memberships, classifications include: Individual, Young Executive, Limited/Off Peak, and Couples. 


Member privileges at the club include:


• Member rates on all court rentals and programs


• Free Open Time during our 12-week summer season from mid-June through early-September (does not include lessons, programs, hittings, game arranging, ASL, etc.)


• Access to our very successful Game Arranging service, where you can meet new players at your level and availability


• Guest passes for your friends/family and referral discounts


Plus, residents who are members at RIRC receive a special open court time discount of 50% when booked within 24 hours. 


Membership at RIRC really pays off for Island residents. For more information on membership options, please contact Steve O’Keefe at or at 212-935-0250 ext 812.


Junior Programs and Camp


Whether your child is looking to be the next Roger Federer, or simply wants to have fun while they learn, the All City Junior Tennis Program at RIRC is the place to go! 


RIRC offers innovative and comprehensive programs for children ages four and older. Our “pathway” is designed to make tennis fun and engaging for the little ones. As they get older, we challenge them to be the best they can be. 


After-school programs run in three sessions from September to June. In June we start our summer camp program, which offers a full day of exciting tennis for children of all ages and levels. 


Our director of Junior Tennis, Xavier Luna, has many years of coaching experience, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more passionate tennis coach. For more information, please contact Junior Coordinator David Gilbert at


The next step is the easiest: come on in and say “Hi.” Our friendly staff looks forward to it.


The Roosevelt Island Racquet Club is located at 281 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. 




Chuck Russell

Roosevelt Island Racquet Club


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