Youngsters will have the opportunity to try out their tennis skills when the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), Surrey Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) and Merton Council team up to organise their annual free tennis fun day on Saturday 27 June in Wimbledon Park.
Held bang in the middle of the world famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships, young people aged 3 – 18 years will have the chance to learn top tips on how to play or improve their technique with professional tennis coaches on hand to help. Courts open from 10am till 3pm.
In previous years Wimbledon Park has seen between 100 and 300 youngsters descend on the courts. This year, as part of the Cultural Olympiad, there will also be arts and crafts for young people to enjoy and participate in.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment and leisure services, Councillor David Simpson said, “This is such a great opportunity for budding young tennis players to play tennis just a stone’s throw away from where the Wimbledon tournament is taking place. Youngsters may also get to meet some of the tennis stars who occasionally come down to join in when they’re not busy playing at the Championships.
‘It’s always a fun day, and the young people all get the chance to brush up on their tennis skills or even learn how to play from scratch. Who knows, may be a future champion will be spotted at this event and it might even be you!’
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Merton has over 50 tennis courts. At most courts there’s no need to book – just turn up, pay and play.
Tennis for Free operates on the tennis courts at both Joseph Hood Recreation Ground and Tamworth Recreation Ground whereby residents can benefit from free tennis coaching between 1pm and 3pm every Saturday. Free tennis has been made possible through a partnership between Merton Council, which is offering free use of its courts, Tennis for Free, Sport England and private sector sponsorship.