Tennis is a sport I have been playing since I was a child, and in the Netherlands you would normally join a club to do so. But there are several outdoor tennis courts across Amsterdam that are free to use whenever you feel like it. The ones at Kraaiennest, right next to the apartment where I used to live, are the ones in the most intriguing urban environment but are also probably the one with the best surface quality.
Just underneath the subway overpass at the subway station Kraaiennest there are two tennis courts with a more than decent asphalt surface. The nets have been reinforced to protect them against vandalism, but where most of the tennis courts in the Netherlands are clay or artificial grass, this court gives you the chance to slug it out on a fast hard court surface!
And it is not only the tennis courts that may attract you to this area: there is a basketball court, table tennis tables, a running track, an outdoor fitness area and even a putting green, among other things.
So grab your sporting gear and join the athletes of Amsterdam Southeast neighborhood in their training. It is a great place to exercise and the honey board flats typical for Amsterdam Southeast surrounding the courts lift the meaning of urban sport to a whole new level.
Other public, free-to-use tennis courts can be found in the Oosterpark, Westerpark, Joos Blanckersplantsoen and Nelesteinpad.