There is a lively debate going on as a result of a New York Times article on the state of tennis in the big city. Tennis is very popular now. However it seems that although fees are required for most tennis players to play on public courts, there are still not enough courts and generally they are not in as good a shape as they should be.
This appears to refute an earlier post of mine where I advocated that public courts should charge some fees to ensure they are better maintained. However, I’ll bet you a dime to a dollar that the fees the public authorities collect in NYC are not devoted to improving tennis courts and go instead into the general pot. If the PA’s actually spent the total revenue they collect on court facilities and implemented paid booking times on some courts, I am sure NYC would have more and better public courts.