Top 10 Tennis Clubs in England
As a tennis enthusiast and founder of Sportch, I am thrilled to share our summary of the top 10 tennis clubs in England. From historic venues to modern complexes, these clubs are among the best in the country, offering top-notch facilities, coaching, and competitions.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC): Home of the Wimbledon Championships, the AELTC is arguably the most prestigious tennis club in England. Its grass courts, immaculate grounds, and iconic Centre Court make it a must-visit for tennis fans.
Queen’s Club: Located in West Kensington, Queen’s Club is a popular grass-court venue that hosts the annual Queen’s Club Championships, a pre-Wimbledon tournament that attracts top players from around the world.
The National Tennis Centre: Based in Roehampton, the National Tennis Centre is the training base for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a hub for developing young talent. It boasts 22 outdoor and 4 indoor courts, a gym, physiotherapy facilities, and more.
Edgbaston Priory Club: Home of the Nature Valley Classic, an LTA grass-court tournament, Edgbaston Priory Club is a premier tennis club in Birmingham that offers 29 courts, including 10 indoor courts, as well as fitness and leisure amenities.
The West Hants Club: Located in Bournemouth, the West Hants Club is a leading tennis and sports facility that has hosted Davis Cup matches and international tournaments. It features 16 tennis courts, including 8 indoor courts, as well as a gym, pool, and more.
The Hurlingham Club: A private members’ club in Fulham, the Hurlingham Club boasts an exclusive grass tennis court and a state-of-the-art sports complex that includes 14 tennis courts, a gym, spa, and more.
The Northern Lawn Tennis Club: Founded in 1881, the Northern Lawn Tennis Club is a historic venue in Manchester that has hosted the Davis Cup and other prestigious events. It has 18 courts, including grass, clay, and artificial grass surfaces.
Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club: Founded in 1884, the Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club is a private members’ club in West Hampstead that boasts 10 grass courts, 6 clay courts, and 2 indoor acrylic courts. It has hosted the Wimbledon qualifying tournament and other prestigious events.
The Roehampton Club: Located near the National Tennis Centre, the Roehampton Club is a private members’ club that offers 20 tennis courts, including 6 indoor courts, as well as a fitness centre, spa, and dining facilities. It also hosts the Roehampton Trophy, an LTA tournament.
David Lloyd Club Raynes Park: One of the largest David Lloyd clubs in the UK, the Raynes Park facility offers 18 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as a gym, swimming pool, and other amenities. It also hosts regular tournaments and coaching sessions.
These 10 tennis clubs are just a few of the many outstanding venues across England, but they represent the cream of the crop in terms of history, prestige, and quality.
Choosing and ordering the clubs was tough as there are so many great candidates; from small village clubs at the heart of their local community, to thriving commercial clubs operating high performance academies and striving to produce the next top talent for our country.
For us there’s no right or wrong about who or what a club should be… as long as their players are having fun and enjoying their time on court!
Here’s some of our favourite club’s from across the country which didn’t quite make the top 10…
Loughborough University’s Tennis Centre comprises of 10 indoor acrylic courts, 3 outdoor tarmacadam courts, a 60 seater and two 30 seater function rooms, a player lounge, performance analysis facilities and a physiotherapy room. Loughborough Tennis offers the opportunity to get involved with tennis across all levels, abilities, motivations and backgrounds. Whether you are a beginner, competitive player or aspiring to work within tennis our programmes offer you the opportunity to enjoy tennis and develop your skills.
At the heart of the picturesque village of Writtle near Chelmsford, Essex - Writtle Tennis Club holds four floodlit macadam tennis courts. The courts have been recently relaid (in 2020) and the club is open all year round, with no restrictions on floodlight usage. Facilities onsite include free parking, a recently renovated tennis club-hut, but also free membership to the fully-equipped community club, which contains a men’s and ladies changing rooms, a well stocked bar and the nice little extras like pool, darts and sports on TV. There is even a fully-fitted kitchen and hall available for private hire exclusively to members. Club members are welcomed to social tennis on weekday evenings, as well as Sunday mornings. The junior offering at the club is thriving with Writtle Tennis Academy at the helm and operating their award winning coaching programme.
With the most indoor tennis courts of any club in the area, Harbour Club Chelsea offer their members incredible facilities. The club have recently transformed the tennis experience having resurfaced five courts and upgraded the lighting to improve visibility. The club has a highly-qualified team of coaches available to help players of all levels and abilities improve their game.
Another tennis club with an established reputation of producing some of the best tennis players in Essex. The Woodford Wells Club caters to all ages, from mini tennis all the way up to veteran tennis options. The grounds feature no fewer than eleven all weather tennis courts, seven which are artificial grass and a further four which are acrylic. Five of the artificial grass courts are floodlit until 10pm all year round for members to take advantage of. Competitive players have the opportunity to play in the many singles, double and mixed doubled leagues which are a focus point of the club which also hosts its annual and highly anticipated internal club tournament.
As Sportch continues to bring tennis players together and facilitate competitive matchups, we look forward to working with these and other clubs to promote the sport and grow its community.
If you think your club is a great candidate please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!