Dick Savitt Tennis Center

About the Tennis Center

Columbia University's Dick Savitt Tennis Center hosts the home courts for the men;s and women's varsity teams. The center is also available for the use by Columbia University alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and anyone working on one of the hospitals affiliated with Columbia. Unaffiliated players may be sponsored by one of the members. The center has six cushioned hard courts, all of which are covered by as state-of-the-art air dome. Each court has a blue surface that makes the tennis ball easy to see, and the lighting has been ranked among the best in the world by some tennis professionals. The Tennis Center is located in a beautifully landscaped area of the Baker Athletics Complex (218th street, west of Broadway) which overlooks the Hudson and Harlem rivers. Parking is available on premises and the center is easily accessible by subway from the 215th street station of the number one train. It is a five to ten minute walk from the subway station to the center.

Directions and Address

The Dick Savitt Tennis Center
575 West 218th Street
New York NY, 10034
Gaurav Misra, Tennis Center Director
(212) 942-7100
[email protected]

By Subway:

Take the number one subway line to the 215th street station and walk north on Broadway to 218th street. Turn left on 218th street. The entrance to the tennis cente ris the second driveway on your right, after the football field and a stop sign. It is a five to ten minute wlak from the subway station to the center. You can also take the 'A' subway line to the last stop (207th street station). Take the exit for Isham Street on Broadway and follow the same walking directions as stated for the one train line. 

By Bus:

The MTA has an express service from the East Side of Manhattan to Riverdale with a stop near 218th street and Broadway. Call the MTA or visit their website to get the schedule and the pick-up and drop-off locations.

By Car (from Manhattan):

Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (West Side Highway) north to the Dyckman Street exit and proceed east to Broadway (the first major intersection). Take a left on Broadway and drive twenty blocks to 218th street. Make a left on 218th street. You will see the Baker Athletics Complex immediately on your right. Drive into the second driveway on your right to reach the Tennis Center.

Dick Savitt Tennis Center Director

Gaurav Misra was named Director of the Columbia University Tennis Center in January 1999. He oversaw the 2002 renovation of the center as it was transformed into the state-of-the-art Dick Savitt Tennis Center. Misra came to Columbia from the Americana Tennis Club in Hopewell Junction, NY where he was head tennis pro from 1984 to 1996, and managed partner and head tennis pros from 1996 to 1998. During Misra's tenure as managing partner, the club underwent major renovations and had its membership increase dramatically from 30 to 250. Prior to the Americana Tennis Club, Misra was tennis pro at Grossinger's Hotel in the Catskills for over two years. A graduate of St.Exaviers College of Calcutta University, Mirsa was a member of the Indian Davis Cup team for five years. He won the Indian National in 1972 and was ranked number one in the coutnry that year. Misra and his wife Rene, have a son.


Membership Information

All levels of players, from beginner to aspiring professional, are accommodated at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. During the winter season we run leagues, mixers, and instructional clinics for all levels. In the summer we run instructional programs for different levels. The instructional programs include supervised played. 

Winter memberships will be valid September 16th, 2019 to April 12, 2020.

Players play and pay on an hourly basis. The rates vary according to the time of the day. Any player belonging to a group which has taken a seasonal court is considered a member. Membership benefits for winter are the same as the summer with the exception of unlimited play. Unaffiliated members must be recommended by current members.

Prime Time: Monday-Thursday 6pm-11pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm
Semi-Prime Time: Friday and Sunday 6pm-11pm
Non-Prime Time: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 7am-9am and 6pm-11pm, Sunday 7am-9am

Individual and Adult Group Lessons

Cost $48 per group lesson, $45 for faculty/staff/students. Drop in rate $50 (subject to availability). Beginner lessons can be started anytime when there are four players and courts are available.