Tennis in Manchester

Manchester painted onto the grass at the Manchester Trophy

The city of Manchester is synonymous with some of the UK’s finest sporting champions from its legendary football clubs to one of Britain’s all-time greatest tennis stars, Fred Perry. At the heart of the city and its sporting prowess are the plentiful opportunities on offer for the community to get active and tennis continues to grow. In 2020 alone, park court users have risen by 50% as more and more people look to get on court. Whether you’re picking up a racket for the first time, or you’re a seasoned pro looking to get back into the sport, Manchester has something for you.

If you’re based in Manchester 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 Manchester 

Manchester is a thriving hub of tennis activity and with 27 LTA registered venues, boasting 92 courts; you’ll never be short of opportunities to get involved play the game. Anyone wanting to give tennis a try or play their epic match can take advantage of Manchester’s 21 park venues with a many readily available to book through LTA Rally for free.

Want to take on other players in local competitions? Local Tennis Leagues might be just the thing for you and with Manchester Parks offering competitive leagues throughout the city, you will be sure to find the right league for you.

Manchester is also home to a number of first-class disability specific programmes at venues such as the Manchester Tennis Centre, which runs a variety of sessions run through the LTA Open Court programme.

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

  • Manchester Tennis Centre
  • Alexandra Park
  • Wythenshawe Park
  • Fletcher Moss Gardens
  • Chorlton Park
  • Northern Lawn Tennis Club
  • Fallowfield Tennis Club
  • Didsbury Lawn Tennis Club
  • The Albert Bowling and Tennis Club
  • Whalley Range Tennis Club

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

Tennis lessons in Manchester

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 Manchester 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 Manchester.

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 Tennis for Kids and junior coaching programmes across many of Manchester’s fantastic tennis venues, including courses at the Northern LTC and Fletcher Moss Gardens.

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 their tennis.

Or perhaps you 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. Manchester Tennis Centre is a hot spot destination for Cardio Tennis sessions and with 6 indoor and 4 floodlit courts, you can get a sweat on all year around.

In Manchester there’s always plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy playing with other members of the community completely for free. Alexandra Park, Wythenshawe Park and Chorlton Park for example host successful Tennis for Free sessions that run weekly and welcome a wide range of local players.

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

Tennis tournaments in Manchester

Since 2015, Manchester has also played home to one of the UK’s professional events in the build up to the Wimbledon Championships. The Manchester Trophy Tournament is a ITF World Tour event, which has been held since 2015 at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club, welcoming fantastic players from the world of professional women’s tennis.

Alongside the professional Grass Court tournament, and central to the event, is a pre and post participation outreach programme which is run in partnership with the Council and Club. To date the campaign has reached over 10K participants in local schools, parks and clubs. Additionally the event hosts a volunteer recognition day to recognise the large local contribution of tennis volunteers from Cheshire and Lancashire Counties.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Manchester Trophy and other incredible tennis events in the UK, the British Major Events page has all the information you need.

LTA tennis in Manchester

The LTA is proud to have a large number of LTA registered venues throughout Manchester, 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.

The LTA is also continuing to lead the way in providing opportunities for underserved communities to get involved in tennis through its SERVES programme. SERVES is a leading sport for development programme that takes tennis to communities and people who might not otherwise have the chance to play. There are 9 SERVES sites across the city in a range of local community settings including youth centres, faith centres and school facilities.

If you live in Manchester 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.