It's getting toward that time of year again. The sun is out, Wimbledon is around the corner and pale limbs are being covered in factor 50. Most of all, the urge to play tennis is in the air! As a leading tennis coach in the Kingston and Surrey area, I thought I would give you a few ideas on where you can play tennis this summer.
Who knows, maybe your local tennis courts are a lot closer than you think!
Balaclava Park, Surbiton
Living in or near Surbiton and fancy a hit? You might now know that Balaclava park has three hard courts open to the public. They are fairly well sheltered on one side from trees, so windy conditions don't tend to be a problem.
Just make sure you buy a ticket before you play from the machine directly outside the courts.
Canbury Gardens, Kingston
Canbury Gardens, just next to the river in Kingston Upon Thames, has plenty to offer tennis fans. If you're serious about playing this summer then you might want to join the Riverside Tennis Club. They have great facilities, including six courts - all well maintained. Four of the courts are natural clay. Two courts (often one hard and one clay) are floodlit until 10pm during the week and 6pm at the weekend. During the winter months these are covered with a bubble that permits all year play.
A stone's throw away there are four public hard courts. Just like at Balaclava Park, these are serviced by a pay as you play machine. Make sure you grab a ticket before you get started.
Alexandra Park, Berrylands
Alexandra Park, tucked away in Berrylands, is another great place to play tennis when the sun is out. Four blue hard courts are run on a pay as you play basis, and there is usually always a free court outside of school holidays.
Inspired by Wimbledon and ready to get practising? Head down with a few friends and have a game of doubles.
Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club, Berrylands
Hidden even deeper in Berrylands is Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club. There are a number of Grass and Hard Courts, but these are only available to members.
Sort yourself out a membership if you want access to their coaching, facilities, bar and regular tournaments.
Otherwise, the nearby Alexandra Park is your best bet.
Long Ditton Recreational Ground
There are a few hard tennis courts at the recreational ground in Long Ditton. Best of all: they are free to use!
If you're looking for somewhere for a quick game when the sun comes out this summer, there's no better place!
Interested in starting to play tennis this summer? Feel free to get in touch and we'll see which of my sessions is best suited to you!