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Your guide to getting into tennis

It’s not just during the two weeks of Wimbledon that you can get your forehand flying and bash your backhand.

Whether you want to step on the court for a competitive joust of singles or doubles, or just have a casual knockabout, the options are many.

Play for free

The Lawn Tennis Association is a great place to start, with hundreds of venues where you can play the sport for free – even indoors for when the British weather bites.

Join a local league

If you want to hone your game whatever your standard and meet new people to play, joining a league could be just for you.

Local Tennis Leagues runs friendly, competitive singles leagues on public courts nationwide.

Open to men and women aged 18 and over, players are organised into groups of a similar level and arrange their own matches over eight weeks.  

Don't worry that you might not be good enough, everyone is welcome. 

Women and girls

Tennis Tuesdays are another great way to get volleying. The weekly sessions for women focus on a different area of the game and you will improve your skills with training from professional coaches and match play with others at your level.

Cardio tennis

If you want to ditch the competitive element entirely, then cardio tennis might just be for you.

The idea is to get your heart pumping and the calories burning in a fun environment.

Get competitive

Those with the competitive bug can pit themselves against others with an eye on the big time. The LTA has some handy tips for how to get competing.

Mini tennis session

Mini tennis

For the little ones, mini tennis is a perfect way to get stuck into the world of tennis.

With smaller courts, nets and rackets, children aged between three and 10 will get a great introduction to the sport with lots of fun and excitement.

Disability tennis

Disability tennis can be played on any regular tennis court. The Tennis Foundation caters for wheelchair tennis and also offers subsidised camps for learning disability, deaf or visually impaired tennis.