18 October 2019


David Beales

Like many of his fellow league players, David abandoned his tennis for many years. Then he joined a league in London. Now he plays twice a week, has improved no end and has finally understood to how make his backhand work

I played when I was younger and like many people who I have met through the league, stopped once I got into my twenties. It wasn’t until a few years back that a friend asked if fancied playing, which reminded how much I enjoyed it. That was five years ago and now I’m playing a couple of times a week - weather permitting.

Friendlies are great but you want to know how well your doing so league acts as a good gauge. Having picked the racket again after a lengthy lay-off and finding none of my friends played, it left me looking around for matches. The league is a perfect opportunity to get your match count up and you soon build up great circle of people you can reach out to outside the league. I also like the way you get to meet a lot of interesting people in the league and it gives you an opportunity to pit your skills in a competitive yet friendly environment. It’s a great work out and a good way to destress - most times. 
My style of play has been described a few times as consistent. I think there’s a compliment in there somewhere.
I am delighted to have won a couple of groups in the league over the years - it’s not easy. With the help of matches and some lessons my all-round game has improved and there is no doubt being in the league has helped that. It’s the backhand that has seen the most improvement, a few years ago I just didn’t get it. Would I recommend the league? Definitely.

The next round of the Rosemary Gardens Tennis League runs from 21 November 2019 to 29 January 2020. To join, click here