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What is it?

  • Lawn tennis is a game played by two or four people using a racket to hit a ball across a net on a marked court.  

  • It can be played indoors or outside, and the outdoor surface can be grass (hence the name "lawn" tennis), as well as, more commonly, macadam or shale.  

  • There is a version called "short tennis" on a smaller court especially for children.  

  • Much tennis playing is purely for fun, but there are club competitions at local and national levels.

Find out more


Lawn Tennis Association



Ace Magazine 
The Tennis Times

Getting started

  • Find a local tennis group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local sports centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on the basics of tennis.

  • Check in your local library/paper or sports centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Tennis is fairly energetic, but it can be played by people of all ages and abilities, and both sexes. 

  • Although you can practice tennis strokes on your own, you need at least one other person to play against.  Tennis is often played by men and women in mixed doubles, as well as singles or same sex doubles.  

  • It is better if the people you play with are of roughly the same standard as yourself.  But they need not be of the same age or sex.  

  • Many people belong to tennis groups or clubs, often for social contact as well physical exercise.

Equipment or clothing
  • The minimum requirement is a racket plus balls, trainers or other sports shoes, and clothing that you can move around in easily.  

  • Clubs may require more formal tennis clothes, especially for competitions.

A place or facilities
  • A special net and posts are needed for tennis, plus a marked court area.  

  • There are outdoor facilities attached to many parks, schools and  community centres, as well as most sports centres.  Some sports centres have an indoor court marked in the main sports hall.  

  • Local groups and clubs may use the local park or sports centre, but many have their own courts and other facilities.

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