If the gentle pop of ball on racquet has got you inspired, there are plenty of ways to get in on the Wimbledon action.
Whether you’re an adult wanting to knock a ball about in a sedate grassy setting, a parent looking for classes to wear your kids out before they wear you out this summer, or are simply seeking a cool spot to sip a Pimm’s while watching the professionals show you how it’s done, here is our guide to this special time of year.
New balls please! Places to play and learn:
Preston Park, Brighton
Tennis at Preston Park is always a treat, due to the lovely setting in the midst of Brighton and Hove’s largest urban park. The eight outdoor courts are available to book on the spot, and are used for local league games This year there is also a chance to play for free before 10am every day.
Details of the these, and more, park-based tennis courts, activities, classes and tournaments around Brighton and Hove can be found here.
Wickwoods Country Club
Never mind the weather, as Wickwoods offers a range of tennis lessons on their floodlit, all-weather courts in Albourne. There is a total of eight artificial clay courts - two indoor (four in winter) and six outdoor (four in winter).
There is something for players of all levels in The Wickwoods Tennis Programme, which features classes, opportunities to participate in tournaments across Sussex, plus chances for casual players to meet others wanting to relax and simply keep fit.
Withdean Sport Complex
The two indoor and three outdoor floodlit tennis courts at Withdean are available to members and non-members alike. Plus there are courses and drop-in sessions throughout the week aimed at everyone - from children’s to those picking up a racquet for the very first time, through to advanced level. There is also the option of Express Tennis - an easier-on-the-wrist alternative that uses sponge balls on a smaller court.
Centre Court seats near you:
The Big Screen at Brighton Marina - 2nd to 15th July
Escape the football on the lawns at Brighton Marina where, for once, Wimbledon takes the lead over the World Cup. Settle down in your deckchair, bring your strawberries and cream and meet up with your mates for some world-class ball-bashing. Entry is free.
The Luna Beach Cinema - 2nd to 15th July
No match is too small to be shown on this outdoor screen, situated against the classic backdrop of Brighton’s Palace Pier. Grab a deckchair or go for an all-day VIP ticket including your own private beach hut for four, with mini-bar and butler service.
Wherever, and however, you like your tennis - enjoy!
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