Top 10 tennis schools in the UK

Top 10 Tennis Schools In The UK

Anyone for tennis? After all, nothing says summer like the lush grass courts of SW19 and the sound of balls flying over the net. If Wimbledon inspires you to pick up your own racket, there are some terrific places for you to hone your skills.

Here are our top-seeded tennis schools around the country.

Sutton Tennis Academy, London1
If you fancy trying out facilities fit for a pro, look no further than the fantastic Sutton Tennis Academy. Strength-and-conditioning gym? Sure.

Physiotherapy clinic? Yep. There are also dance studios that will soon have you twirling around.

So whether you re recovering from an injury or aiming for Novak-Djokovic-level fitness, it s well worth checking out.

Maidstone Tennis Academy, Kent2
Over 15 years, this academy has helped 1000s of juniors and adults to achieve their tennis goals. Some of their spectacular successes include national champions and Junior Wimbledon players. You can follow in their footsteps with some fun match play or join in one of the regular tournaments.

The Cardio Tennis sessions will soon get the blood pumping away and your heart rate up too.

Ben Saunders Tennis, Liverpool3
Andy Murray s former coach, Ben Saunders, heads up this fab centre. From tots tennis sessions to private classes for adults, there s something for everyone here. You could take part in the Rusty Racket sessions for beginners and improvers the outdoor courts are floodlit so you can play well into the balmy summer night.

This is the perfect blend of fitness and fun.

KMP Tennis Academy, London4
Wannabe Nadals will love KMP s Spanish Drill training sessions. Here you zigzag backwards and forwards (plus side to side) through V shapes; they help you practise shots and build your fitness. How much will your recovery time improve?

And even if you re not quite at championship level (yet), then there s a terrific range of other programmes that you can join in the meantime.

North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club, Oxford5
Competitive types will thrill to the opportunities this club offers to annihilate their opponents. There are 17 different teams that range from virtual beginners to county-level players. For the ultimate rivalry, sign up for a Sunday-morning family session and you can even take on your relatives.

Jonathan Markson Tennis, London6
From single player to family weeks, you re sure to find the right programme here.

You can even pick from a terrific selection of locations, from a summer camp in London to a session in Praia da Luz. These trips blend sightseeing with a great opportunity to brush up your skills.

Halton, Buckinghamshire7
It s difficult to say whether Halton s tranquil grounds or terrific facilities (including 16 courts and a chic bar) are its biggest selling point: they re both certainly stunning. While you re there, you could also register for a wide selection of health and fitness classes from pilates to personal training sessions.

Ealing Lawn Tennis Club, London8
Dating back to 1882, today s Ealing Lawn Tennis Club boasts mod cons of a decidedly 21st-century nature.

Do check out the all-weather astroturf court and fully accessible facilities for disabled users. In fact, they also run wheelchair tennis events and can provide specially designed chairs. It s a really friendly club with a buzzing social scene full of live entertainment and delicious food.

Bromley Tennis Centre, Kent9
Anyone can just book a court and start knocking a ball around at Bromley.

When you re ready to take it to the next level, you can have one-to-one sessions with a professional coach or hire a buddy hitter. Alternatively, you could join one of the 100+ groups or take your own coaching qualification. So what are you waiting for?

Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, London10
There s something for all the family at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy.

You child could join the little hitters squad when they re three years old and practise with a sponge ball.

You may need to keep up with their progress, in which case look no further than the adult classes; they give a great insight into the academy s philosophy.

References

  1. ^ Sutton Tennis Academy, London (www.suttontennisacademy.com)
  2. ^ Maidstone Tennis Academy, Kent (www.maidstonetennisacademy.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ben Saunders Tennis, Liverpool (www.bensaunderstennis.co.uk)
  4. ^ KMP Tennis Academy, London (www.kmptennisacademy.co.uk)
  5. ^ North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club, Oxford (noltc.co.uk)
  6. ^ Jonathan Markson Tennis, London (www.marksontennis.com)
  7. ^ Halton, Buckinghamshire (www.haltontennis.co.uk)
  8. ^ Ealing Lawn Tennis Club, London (www.ealingtennis.com)
  9. ^ Bromley Tennis Centre, Kent (www.bromleytenniscentre.co.uk)
  10. ^ Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, London (annabelcrofttennis.com)

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