What are Local Tennis Leagues?

26/03/2021

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A player hits a backhand during a Local Tennis Leagues match

Recently moved to a new area and want to make some new friends? Or maybe you’re looking for a different challenge?

Either way, a Local Tennis League could be for you – here’s everything you need to know about the UK-wide recreational tennis competition.

So, what is it?

Simply put, Local Tennis Leagues are tennis competitions held on public courts for anyone over the age of 18.

First set up in 2005 in Highbury, London, there are now more than 8,000 people competing in more than 140 Leagues across Britain.

How does it work?

In each local League, players are divided into groups of 6 to 8 players – who are all of a similar standard. Groups are open to both men and women, who will face one another in singles matches. Doubles and women-only leagues are available in some areas, too.

Each player attempts to complete a match against everyone else in their group over an eight-week period, or ‘Round’, as it’s known.

A point is awarded for each set won, and the player with the most points at the end of the Round wins the group. It’s as easy as that!

*Two bonus points and a free tube of tennis balls are awarded to players who complete three matches before the ‘mid-point’ of a Round (get those matches in early, we reckon).

**Group winners are also awarded a £20 voucher to spend in the Local Tennis League online shop – happy days!

Is there a League near me?

Most likely. There are more than 140 Local Tennis Leagues across Britain – from Exeter to Inverness.

Find your nearest League using this handy search tool.

I haven’t really played tennis, do I need to have lessons first?

Not. At. All. Local Tennis Leagues aren’t only for experienced players – every League has players of varying standards, so there’s a place for you.

Whether you’re there to push yourself, or just burn off enough calories for the post-match drinks, you’ll find people with the same goals as you.

How do I sign up?

You can join by visiting www.localtennisleagues.com and creating your own profile by filling out a questionnaire about your tennis experience – we can then match you to other players.

Once you have a profile, you can sign-up and pay for your upcoming Round, for £18.

Join your nearest Local Tennis League

Interested? Find out more about Local Tennis Leagues here.

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