Saturday, 13 July 2013

Something for the Weekend - keeping the Wimbledon spirit alive

The Wimbledon fortnight perfectly epitomises all that is fabulous about being British; hoping for success in a sport we invented but being beaten by the rest of the world, the tournament being interrupted by heavy rain, strawberries and cream and pimms. In fact I will be honest, over the last few years it has become my favourite sporting event of the year.  And this year if of course did not disappoint; not only was the mens final won for the first time in 77 years by a Brit (please note, commentators, there have been a number of British female singles champions over the years) but... rain only interrupted play on one day.  What a miracle.




What was more of a miracle was that this year the tournament directly resulted in my dusting off my tennis racket and going for a knock about.

So... I have decided to try and spread Wimbledon fever and share with you lovely people what Surrey and SW London has to offer in terms of Tennis to help you put your Murray (and Robson so it would appear) fever into practice.

Elmbridge:
Elmbridge Borough (borders London Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston) take their tennis very seriously: all council owned tennis courts are FREE to use. They even went so far as to offer free coaching at one point but sadly not any more, however, if you are a resident a simple email to the council and they will let you know any competitively priced Tennis coaching in your area.

Kingston:
Kingston has an extensive range of private tennis clubs.  The one I know best is the Surbiton Racket Club in Berrylands which not only offers competitive membership rates (and classes you as a 'young person' on a reduced rate until you are 28) but has a good facility for coaching for all ages and disabled tennis coaching too.  A full list of Tennis Clubs in Kingston can be found here.  There are also a number of subsidised and free options within Kingston Borough.  Details of Tennis Courts and schemes, including £3 family tennis sessions can be found here.

Richmond:
I will be interested to see if calls from the opposition to make Tennis free in Richmond for the summer come into fruition.  For now however, as a warning, it is near impossible to find a comprehensive list of facilities across the Borough.  Will to Win is your best bet and will give you good guidance on where to play and get coaching within LBRUT.  There is some subsidised junior use of council-run tennis courts, and a good range of coaching options available.

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