Free tennis in Wimbledon for youngsters

In partnership with the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Merton Council, is organising its annual tennis fun day this Saturday (28 June) in Wimbledon Park.

Now in its 20th year, the fun day gives youngsters between the ages of 3-18 years the opportunity to try out their racquet skills a stone’s throw away from the world famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Between 10.00am and 4.00pm, the young people can turn up and play tennis for free. Tennis coaches will be on hand to offer tips on how to play and on technique.

Previous years have seen between 100 and 300 youngsters descend on the 10 artificial grass courts in Wimbledon Park to take part in the fun day.

Merton Council Cabinet Member for Community Services Councillor Maurice Groves said: “This is always such a great time of year in the borough. For two weeks the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on Wimbledon, and the atmosphere is electric. The tennis fun day we set up in partnership with the All England Club and the Lawn Tennis Association is a great way to introduce youngsters to the game, and for those who are more experienced, coaches are there to give advice on how to improve their play. We’re often lucky as a few of the tennis stars come along to join in if they’re not playing at the championships that day.”