From the Daily News:
The closing of Tennisport, a private club in Long Island City, on July 31 will make the already difficult task of finding court time in Queens even more tricky.
This is the latest of a steady decline of tennis venues in the borough - a sad irony for the home of the U.S. Open, one of four Grand Slam events in the world.
If the city doesn't intervene, tennis aficionados could be facing a "love" match in their search for playing time, advocates said.
Because many public courts are crowded and not open year-round, organized tennis suffers when a private club like Tennisport closes...
"For the most part, real estate becomes a little bit too prime for property owners to run tennis courts where they can build condominiums instead," [Justin] Hogh said.
Tennisport is housed on city property and will be forced to close its doors to make way for a $175 million development that includes 5,000 units of middle-income housing and a high school.
The club has 500 members, but is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and allows leagues in its 24-court facility just about every evening.