McCarren Tennis Dedicated to the renovation of the tennis courts in McCarren Park, Brooklyn

Williamsburg Open

Update: at this time, the tournament is completely sold out and the wait list is full.  If you didn't register in time, please come and support your favorite players.

We're back with the second annual Williamsburg Singles Open, a tennis tournament to raise money for the maintenance and improvement of the McCarren Park courts. If you're ready to register, you can click here -- otherwise, read on.  On deck this year:  fixing the cracks, wrapping the courts in quality windscreens, and working towards lights.  The dates of the tournament are Saturday, September 24Sunday, September 25.

This year we will will offer two registration options: regular and gold.  Each type of registration will enter you in the tournament, but gold registrants will get a t-shirt and have the privilege of entering early.  There will be a limited number of each registration type available for sale.  We hope that those of you who can afford to contribute more will register at the gold level.

Registration.  To register, fill out the form here.  When you're done, you'll be prompted to pay via PayPal.  Your entry is not valid until we have received payment for your team.

The Donation. The tournament requires a donation of $45 for the regular entry and $60 for gold entry. Regular entry opens on September 15.  The Gold package is open now and includes a new McCarren Tennis t-shirt.  As always, 100% of the proceeds will go towards the McCarren Park courts. Fees are collected by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a not-for-profit that supports green spaces throughout North Brooklyn. Best of all, your donation is tax deductible.

Prizing.  Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up for each draw.  We will have some prizes as well -- check back for updates.

The Draw & Format. There will be two 32 player draws. Draws are based on skill level ("A" = Advanced [4.0+], "B" = Intermediate [2.5 - 4.0]). Both draws are open to both men and women. First and second rounds will be played Saturday, September 24th. Remaining quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be played Sunday, September 25th. Matches will be 8-game pro-sets with a 7-point tie-breaker at seven games all. The finals of both draws will be best of 3 sets with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of the third set. All matches will be single elimination. Balls will be provided.

Getting There. The McCarren Park tennis courts are located here, between Bedford Ave. and Berry St., just north of North 12th St., in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Take the L train to Bedford Ave. or the G train to Nassau.  The tournament registration desk and entry to the courts for the tournament is on Bedford Ave.

The Fine Print. McCarren Tennis is not able to refund payments. If any competitor drops out, a player on the wait list will be notified via email and will have the opportunity to pay and join the tournament. Players on the wait list will be added to the tournament in the order in which their registration was received.  Your registration will not be confirmed until we have received payment.

Questions? Email our tournament director, Meng Ai.

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  1. One suggestion I had last year was a losers bracket for folks who lose in the first round. Which, let’s face it, will probably be guys like me. :) That way participants are guaranteed at least 2 matches. Any possibility of a losers bracket?

    Oh, and I emailed my MeetUp group about the BillyBurg Open.


  2. It’s a good idea, but we just don’t have enough courts to do a loser’s bracket. Sorry. We did add a 3rd place finish (so the semi-final losers of each draw play each other to determine 3rd place), but that’s about all we can do. Until we build more courts…!

  3. Is there any kind of screening you need to go through to enter the tournament. I am borderline intermediate.

  4. Craig, there’s no screening. I’m sure we have a bunch of “borderline intermediates,” though it might take a miracle run to go deep into the tourney….

  5. Alright thanks yea I am a very advanced beginner. I have been taking weekly lessons since April and I am very competitive and quick learner so I definitely wouldn’t mind giving it a whirl.

  6. Thanks Meng I definitely plan on the B draw!

  7. I think Meng should be seeded #1

  8. Hi Wojtek!

    Stop posting anonymously, turn off your computer, and wash your hands for dinner.

  9. So I registered for the b bracket and submitted my donation today. What time do the games start on Saturday?

  10. check back on thursday night or friday morning for the draws and schedule of play.

  11. i think registered, know i paid. don’t know if registration was accomplished. can you please confirm?

  12. yes daron, you’re all set.

  13. What is the schedule for the tourney this weekend? When do players need to arrive?

  14. Will T-Shirts be on sale to the spectators? I’m sure plenty of hipsters would like to rock that shirt.

  15. hey peter, i’m working on the schedule right now. will be posted by tomorrow. and yes, t-shirts will be on sale at the tournament.

  16. First matches are at 8 am. Schedule will be up in 20 minutes!

  17. Where can we find the scheduke?

  18. the draws and schedule is on the right side of this page, under “wiliamsburg open”

  19. which matches start at 8am?

  20. check the schedule on the right side of this page.

  21. boy this list of comments sure makes it seem like it’s going to be easy pickins. You all better get your hankies courtside because your mom won’t be there and I’m not going to lay off you when you start crying

  22. If you are looking for doubles partner you can also visit

  23. there are no times posted next to the matches. thx.

  24. Can someone please explain to me how Parks and Rec has the nerve to hike the individual price for a tennis pass by 100% from last year (now $200 from last year’s $100), then take away an entire weekend for people who bought the pass to play at the McCarren courts, then announce that the proceeds from this “benefit” tournament will go to the upkeep and improvement of the McCarren courts? Why are we paying $100 more than last year? I doubt the Parks and Rec workers got a substantial raise this year. I’ll be damned if I will “donate” any money to maintain those courts after forking over $200 bucks to play for a season, then having a whole weekend (the only time most of us can play) taken away for a “benefit”. Thanks a lot. Next time, why don’t you give us hard-working New Yorkers some explanation of both the fee hike and why you think it’s okay to steal a beautiful weekend from us.

  25. Couldn’t agree more. It is damn near impossible to get a court at times. They should have never renovated the courts. What was once a nice perk to have courts in the neighborhood is now bombarded by yuppies from prospect park, lic, etc. Several times already this year I had to give up and find courts in forest park and the usta. Ridiculous because i live several blocks from mccarren. Thanks a lot for nothing. Should have never touched these courts. I hope your “benefit” allows you to serve drinks to these prospect park yuppie queers.

  26. I’m sure someone from McCarren Tennis will respond to this, but they are not part of the Parks department at all. They are an independent group of people who have raised $65k in private funds to restore the courts. They are just as mad as you both are about the increased fees, take a moment to look at past posts to see what they did to try and stop it form happening. They do two tournaments a year raise money to improve the facility – and like it or not, the city wouldn’t spend a dime on the courts. Two weekends a year seems a very small amount of time to give up in exchange for the money they raise to keep them nice.

    As far as wishing that they hadn’t touched the courts – are you serious? They are a million times nicer, there is an attendant on duty much more often than in past years, and while you might have to wait for a court, the attendants do keep order. In the past it was a free-for-all, with fights breaking out when people refused to get off after an hour. Also had the courts not been resurfaced, how much longer would they have even been playable? Another 2 years before they were worn down to bare asphalt? And then what?

    I guess you can’t please everyone.

  27. Brian, it was impossible to get a court BEFORE we helped to get them renovated. Maybe you’re new to the neighborhood too? I’ve been waiting in lines at those courts for 10 years now, though after the idiotic and unfair 2011 fee increases, it’s actually EASIER to get a court than it used to be.

    PS. Try to leave the homophobic terms out of your public comments. It’s offensive.

  28. Hi:
    Can you create 3 levels
    2.5 to
    3 to 4
    4 and up

    If you are a 2.5 playing VS 4 is going to be very bad

    Thank you,

  29. LOL @ LIC yuppy comments….I know all of the LIC guys that play there and guess what? There are always open courts when I play with them.

    Sounds like the n00bs are scared of the ballers with Poly Gut hybrid setups!


  30. Hi,

    I cannot make it to the tournament tomorrow.
    Please pick someone from the waiting list to play instead of me.


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