The Game of Tennis

The game of tennis - who can play?

Anyone, no matter your age or ability, can play tennis. There are a whole variety of tennis programmes and types available, with something to suit everyone.

Find the different types of tennis available for you to take part in.

Why tennis?

Tennis is a great way of keeping fit and having fun with friends. It helps develop your hand-eye coordination, is non-contact and can be played by anyone, of any age! With many people playing into their older years, it’s a sport for life and provides you with a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

To find out more about the health benefits of tennis and how you can improve your fitness, check out our health & fitness page. 

Where can I play?

There are thousands of courts available all over Great Britain, with many free to use all year round.

Find your closest court!

Tennis formats


Singles is the most commonly recognised way of playing tennis, with two players competing against each other, either enjoying a hit or getting more competitive in a scored match.

Whilst both singles and doubles are played on the same court, singles tennis uses a slightly smaller area of the court. For more information singles-specific rules, check out our rules and scoring page.


Doubles involves two teams of two players competing against each other, so relies on teamwork and tactics to be successful. Four players on court means lots of fast-paced rallies, often at the net, and is a great way to improve your reaction skills. For more information on doubles-specific rules, check out our rules and scoring page. 

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