Tennis in Newcastle

Tyne bridge in Newcastle

As a city responsible for nurturing some of Britain’s greatest sporting heroes and with a rich history of being at the heart UK sport, Newcastle is a brilliant place for any budding tennis player to grab a racket and get involved in the sport. From state-of-the-art facilities to local easy access courts and free coaching sessions, it’s easy to play your way on court in Newcastle.

If you’re based in Newcastle 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 Newcastle

There are many opportunities for anyone to get involved in tennis in Newcastle. The city is home to 15 different tennis venues, from the 18 courts available at The Northumberland Club to the 9 park sites across Newcastle, you will always find a great spot to have a hit.

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

There are also disability specific programmes available at clubs in the region, which offer accessible tennis activity to individuals with a disability or long term health condition. These sessions are run through the LTA Open Court programme, including the thriving North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club (NEVITC), based at the Northumberland Club, which is now recognised as one of the largest and most successful blind and visually impaired tennis clubs in the UK, catering for all ages and abilities.

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

  • Exhibition Park
  • Elswick Park
  • Leazes Park Tennis Club
  • Gosforth Central Park
  • Northumberland Club
  • Northumberland Tennis Academy
  • Jesmond LTC

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

Tennis lessons in Newcastle

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 Newcastle 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 heading out on court for the first time or wanting to up their game, we actively encourage learning how to play tennis in Newcastle.


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 Youth Start, the programme develops with the player, keeping it fresh and exciting the whole way through. The LTA Youth programmes at the Northumberland Tennis Academy and The Northumberland Club are just a few examples of the excellent coaching opportunities for kids in the area.


Want to learn to play tennis for free in Newcastle? Exhibition Park and Gosforth Central Park both offer welcoming and family friendly ‘Tennis for Free’ sessions every weekend. These coach-led sessions are extremely well attended, providing a great opportunity get on court with friends and family and pick up a racket!

In addition, adults looking to work on their skills or pick up a new sport might want to try the LTA’s Tennis Xpress as a great way learn and practice their tennis. Or, if you want to get in a full workout on court then why not try a Cardio Tennis session - a fun sociable group fitness class that is open to players of all ages and abilities. Leazes Park Tennis Club is one of several clubs across the city offering Cardio Tennis sessions to put you through your paces.

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

Tennis tournaments in Newcastle

Last year, Newcastle and Gateshead played host to the World Transplant Games, including its tennis event, which was held at The Northumberland Club. During the two day tennis event, over 120 athletes participated in over 200 singles and doubles matches, providing a fantastic and inspiring showcase of disability tennis.

The Northumberland Open, which first started in the 1880s, is a firm fixture in Newcastle’s summer tennis season, with the annual tournament taking place at the Northumberland Club in Jesmond. The Northumberland Open continues to provide competitive opportunities for players to this date, every August.

If you’re interested in finding out more about tournaments taking place in Newcastle, please visit the LTA Adults and Junior competitions page

LTA tennis in Newcastle

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