Tennis in Edinburgh

Arial shot of Edinburgh city

Scotland is home to several of Britain’s greatest ever tennis stars, including none other than Andy and Jamie Murray, as well as Wheelchair Tennis Paralympic and Grand Slam hero, Gordon Reid. In its historic capital, Edinburgh, tennis has always been at the front of city’s vibrant sports scene.

From the former Grass Court Championships hosted at the Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, which hosted tennis icons like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, to its fantastic public tennis venues across the city, Edinburgh boasts a rich history of tennis and presents excellent opportunities for players to pick up a racket and play.

If you’re based in Edinburgh and looking for somewhere to play tennis, the LTA has all the information you need about clubs and tennis hotspots in the area.

Play tennis in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is home to 34 tennis venues, including several park sites, and boasts 152 accessible courts for players so you can perfect your skills. A vast number of these courts are readily available for players to book through LTA Rally, either as pay to play or even free to book courts.

Want to take on other players in local competitions? Local Tennis Leagues might be just the thing for you and with 5 venues offering competitive leagues on public courts across Edinburgh; it’s easy to get involved.

The Advantage Tennis programme, mainly based at the Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, also provides fantastic opportunities for players to get involved with disability tennis. The sessions, run through the LTA Open Court, support players of all ages and abilities to give them the support they need to pick up the sport and develop their skills.

Here are just a few of Edinburgh’s fantastic tennis venues:

  • Craiglockhart Tennis Centre
  • Grange Dyvours
  • Inverleith Park
  • Leith Links
  • Meadows
  • St Margarets Park
  • Thistle Tennis Club
  • Victoria Park

If you’d like to find your nearest tennis court in Edinburgh, click here to see a list of available locations.

Tennis lessons in Edinburgh

The LTA is helping players of all skill levels and ages take the first, or next, step in improving their game. There are some fantastic LTA accredited coaches in the Edinburgh area providing lessons, with many of them holding a Level 4 qualification.

The LTA wants to encourage you to Play Your Way and regardless of your age or ability; there are many ways to get into tennis. For anyone stepping on court for the first time or wanting to up their game, we actively encourage learning how to play tennis in Edinburgh.

Kids

For kids aged 4-18, the LTA Youth programme is a fantastic introduction to the sport and helps develop key skills both on and off the court. With 6 different stages, starting with Tennis for Kids, the programme develops with the player, keeping it fresh and exciting the whole way through. You can find local LTA Youth programmes all over Edinburgh, including the Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, which hosts over 1,000 junior players on the programme each week.

Adults

Adults looking to work on their skills or pick up a new sport might want to try the LTA’s Tennis Xpress or Tennis Tuesdays sessions, as a great way learn and practice your tennis. Adult coaching sessions are available at venues throughout Edinburgh, including the brilliant programme at Meadows.

Want to get a full workout on court? Why not try a Cardio Tennis session -a fun sociable group fitness class that is open to players of all ages and abilities. There are a wide number of excellent Cardio Tennis sessions available across the capital, including Drummond LTC and Edinburgh Sports Club

You can find your nearest highly-rated tennis coach in Edinburgh by clicking here. Enter your location or post-code, and we’ll show you the local clubs these coaches teach at.

Tennis tournaments in Edinburgh

Edinburgh plays host to the Scottish Junior Open and Edinburgh Junior International every year, which both take place the first two weeks of the Scottish Summer holidays at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre. These tournaments are for the highest level of juniors, players attend from across the UK and Europe.

If you’re interested in finding out more about tournaments taking place in Edinburgh, please visit the LTA and Tennis Scotland’s competitions page.

LTA tennis in Edinburgh

The LTA is proud to have a large number of LTA registered venues throughout Edinburgh, providing the community with a safe and friendly tennis environment that enables all ages to come along to a local court and have fun playing tennis.

If you live in Edinburgh and would like to know more about playing tennis locally or want to keep up to date with everything in the world of tennis, find out how to become an LTA member by clicking here.