Tennis is one of the most popular sports in all of London for both the recreational and the competitive athlete. Through easily accessible clubs and organisations, tennis players of all abilities can improve their skills from coaching and lessons at clubs and enjoy regular tennis matches.
Totally Sporty brings you the best tennis clubs in London and their facilities, organised by geographic region.
North London Tennis: Islington Tennis Centre
For tennis fans looking for a variety of organised play options, Islington Tennis Centre in north London is an ideal place. The centre offers drop-in, mixed playing ability sessions for adults that do not require advanced registration or even equipment. Individual sessions are open to up to 24 players on weekdays and 32 on weekends. Regular rotations allow all athletes to develop their skills while interacting with players with varying skill levels. Coached sessions are limited to 12 players per session, and individual coaching is also available.
Islington Tennis Centre offers six indoor courts with a viewing gallery and two outdoor floodlit courts open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The courts can be booked five days in advance by non-members and seven days in advance by members.
For more information, visit www.aquaterra.org/islington-tennis-centre
South London Tennis: Clapham Common
Clapham Common, located in Wandsworth, is one of the largest open spaces in London, totaling 200 acres.
Currently undergoing a £250,000 makeover, Clapham Common tennis will soon offer eight resurfaced courts, five of which will include state-of-the-art floodlights, a substantial improvement. The construction is certified by the Lambeth Council and Lawn Tennis Association.
South London Tennis: Wilton Tennis Club
Team tennis play is widely available at the Wilton Tennis Club. Eight men’s teams and four ladies’ teams play in Surrey leagues and receive regular coaching sessions.
In addition to team-based competitions, Wilton Tennis Club hosts closed summer and winter tournaments as well as monthly singles leagues.
Four new all-weather courts are located at Wilton Tennis Club. All include free floodlighting for playing tennis all year.
West London Tennis: Westway Sports Centre
The Westway Sports Centre in west London offers are variety of court types for tennis players, including two green American clay courts and two synthetic grass courts. To ensure year-around availability, the clay courts have a Canadian fast-dry surface. Two additional synthetic grass courts are available for tennis only on the weekends because of their reservation for football during the week.
Booking tennis courts at the Westway Sports Centre can be completed 28 days in advance. It is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Discounts are offered to individuals over the age of 60, registered disabled individuals, students and individuals receiving benefits.
Coaching is offered in a small group setting. Westway’s 1:8 coach to player ratio allows for individualized attention. Coaching sessions are offered in six-week sessions.
West London Tennis: Ealing Lawn Tennis Club
Ealing Lawn Tennis Club is an ideal club for athletes seeking a large tennis setting. Registered in Community Amateur Sports Clubs, Ealing Lawn Tennis Club has a total of 15 grass, indoor and all-weather tennis courts. Three qualified tennis coaches offer both individual and group sessions.
One of the more accessible tennis clubs in London, Ealing Lawn has a large car park for private transportation and is a short walk from the Ealing Common Underground station on the District and Piccadilly lines. Ealing Lawn Tennis Club is also a frequent stop on the 207 and 607 bus routes.
The club recently achieved the Lawn Tennis Association’s elite club status by attaining both the LTA Clubmark and Satellite Performance awards in 2009.
East London Tennis: Woodfield Grove Tennis Club
Located a short walk from the Streatham High Road and Streatham Hill Underground station, Woodfield Grove Tennis Club is somewhat hidden off of a private footpath. Its obstructing surroundings provide a homey atmosphere for tennis. Established in 1924, the club was comprehensively rebuilt after receiving a Sport England National Lottery grant and internally refurbished in 2008.
Woodfield Grove’s tennis teams compete in the Surrey leagues and Knockout competitions as well as the Streatham Cup and Millenium Cup. The club offers two men’s team, one ladies’ team and two mixed teams.
Anyone may join the Woodfield Tennis Cub but members wishing to play in club sessions are required to meet a minimum standard to ensure they know how to serve, score and follow basic court etiquette.Pay and Play is offered on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.woodfieldgrovetennis.net
Southwest London Tennis: Bishop’s Park Tennis Club
Bishops Park Tennis Club, located in London, is an active tennis club, available to non-members. The club offers 15 all-weather tennis courts and a pay and play option. A major advantage to playing tennis at Bishop’s Park is the ability to rent tennis rackets for a nominal fee, which is an important feature for beginning tennis players.
For more information, visit http://www.londontennis.co.uk/findcourt/courtdetails.php?courtid=715
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