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29 May

Bandanas for bad hair days

Lockdown has not been a good time for hair. From outgrown bobs to partner-trimmed pony tails, the nation is looking distinctly unkempt. So if you...

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29 May

Safety tips for returning players from the newest member of the team

Local Tennis League players will soon be seeing a lot of Charlotte Mills. A competition co-ordinator at the LTA, she will be a key part of the...

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Graham Davies

Fleet Tennis League
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22 May

Shotify: songs of innocence and experience to take on court

Lleyton Hewitt used to get himself into the right mindset for a tennis match by playing the theme from the film Rocky; Serena Williams prefers '...

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22 May

#backoncourt, here's what to expect and how to play safe!

Next week the first of our lockdown-easing rounds begin and some of you have already got back on court. So what to expect? Local Tennis Leagues' ...

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Sven Oestmann

Wimbledon Park Tennis League
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Winston Balfourth

Docklands Tennis League
Lee Valley Tennis League
Waltham Forest Tennis League
West Ham Park & Newham Tennis League
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15 May

Leagues are reopening and new rounds starting - here's your guide to getting involved!

With play resuming in England, we are beginning the process of scheduling new rounds and reopening the leagues. Here's everything you need to...

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15 May

Are you #BackOnCourt? We want to hear from you!

In England it is now possible to play appropriately-distanced singles matches, to play singles or doubles with members of your household or even...

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11 May

Court inaction!

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Darren Bellamy

Cardiff Tennis League
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7 May

We'll play again, and it won't be long now

Today, 75 years on, we remember the moment war in Europe came to an end. On Sunday, the Prime Minister will tell us more about plans for the...

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5 May

Court in lockdown - more of your photos!

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5 May

Headline hitters - catch up in lockdown on classic tennis journalism

There are some great books about tennis, but often equally memorable are the shorter pieces of journalism and essay writing featuring the game....

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30 April

Merge the ATP and WTA our players agree, and get ready for post-lockdown tennis!

Many thanks to everyone who took the trouble to complete our questionnaire last week. Top findings are that the organisation of the men's and...

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29 April

Behind the scenes - tennis documentaries to catch during lockdown

A couple of weeks, ago we gave you our suggestions for tennis movies to catch during lockdown. Now we turn our attention to documentaries. Here's...

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28 April

See you on court (soon)

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Meet the Players

Flora McMeeking

Oxford Tennis League
Vale Tennis League
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24 April

Look don't touch - more locked-down courts!

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24 April

Life after lockdown

What will the post-Covid world look like? Will businesses pick up where they left off or will customers’ values have changed, and what does it...

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Meet the Players

Vince Reardon

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23 April

Should the men's and women's game merge? Thinking through the post-Covid future of tennis.

Roger Federer has been using the Coronavirus lockdown to do some thinking. This week he surprised the tennis community with a big idea that could...

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21 April

A massive thank you to Mizuno!

For two glorious years Mizuno has partnered with Local Tennis League as our official shoe partner. This month the formal partnership draws to a...

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17 April

Keep your lockdown courts pictures coming in and make the most of your allowed walks!

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16 April

Who wants to be a tennis millionaire?

Just for fun, and no coughing, can you win a million points in our tennis quiz?

No big prizes as we don't have any cash to give away -...

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Mike Marshall

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16 April

And Action - ten lockdown tennis movies

Looks like the lockdown will be continuing a while longer. Still that means plenty of time to catch up with virtual tennis. Here are our...

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10 April

No tennis? What do you mean no tennis?

For the past couple of weeks, we have written about how to (sort of) play tennis at home. Now, you have been showing us how to do it! Here is a...

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10 April

Smashing the virus, Olly's odyssey continues!

Olly Biles has been a part of Local Tennis Leagues from the early days but for the last couple of years has been travelling the world playing...

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9 April

Court on Camera - more of your Coronavirus walking tour photos!

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Prem Jeyapaul

Bournemouth and Christchurch Tennis League
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3 April

Wimbledon woes and ballot news

Until now, it took a world war to stop the Wimbledon Championships from going ahead. But the Corona-crisis, which had already forced the...

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3 April

Court on camera - Coronavirus walks

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3 April

Online fitness survival guide

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Tosin Ige

Aberdeen Tennis League
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27 March

Tennis court? Who needs a tennis court to improve?

The courts may be locked but tennis training can continue. There are so many ways you and your kids can improve your footwork, co-ordination and...

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27 March

Walking past your courts? Take a pic

Keeping active as best we can is an important part of staying mentally and physically well during this crisis. If you can do it safely, we're...

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John Walker

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12 March

Sound decisions

Here at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, we have been enjoying the experience of playing on clay where ITF tournaments are held. But in the...

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12 March

We try the plucky apps that test your racket tension!

Did you know that you can use your smartphone to check your string tension? When during our tournament trip to the Rafa Nadal Academy one of our...

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12 March

Congratulations us!

Local Tennis Leagues began in a park in north London in May 2005. It has grown to become a national organisation with a mission to bring friendly...

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6 March

Rules are rules and most of the time, you just shouldn't "play a let"

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5 March

What will your rating be? The World Tennis Number launches soon!

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story suggested the WTN went live in November. In fact the exact date...

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4 March

Winner takes it all!

Pic: Rafa Nadal wins his third Mexican Open title/...

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Leila Panesar Morris

The AELTC Community Sports Ground Daytime Tennis League
Hampton Tennis League
Kingston Parks Tennis League
Richmond Parks Tennis League
Wimbledon Park Tennis League
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28 February

Why tennis players should make the leap

It's leap year day (tomorrow), a bonus day to try out new things. Making the leap count in tennis is good for your game, and on the serve it's...

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27 February

Ready, steady Tokyo and the Olympics' new moving pictograms

Everyone has their fingers crossed that the Coronavirus won't jeopardise the Tokyo Olympics this summer and meanwhile preparations continue apace...

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Barbara Pouw-van de Velde

Bexley Parks Tennis League
Bromley Tennis Centre Tennis League
Bromley Tennis For Free League
Bromley Tennis For Free Women's League
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21 February

Caught up in the rules: If you touch the net prepare to accept the consequences!

Like all sports, tennis has its own long list of rules. But can you break them, or at least bend them, sometimes. If, for example, you...

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Ogba Ogbimi

Southend Tennis League
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21 February

Tennis is more fun with buddies! Save £5 by getting someone playing!

This offer is now closed, but do keep an eye on the site for more offers in the future

Over the years we have heard...

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20 February

Tennis atishoo - should you play with a cold?

Please see our ...

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14 February

Awesome Horsham

Local Tennis Leagues is always looking for great new venues and when we heard about the new park courts in Horsham, we knew it had all the right...

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13 February

Everything you need to know about round extensions and winter tennis

A couple of years ago we had the "Beast from the East" and we may have survived Storm Ciara but Storm Dennis is hot on its heels. Sometimes it...

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13 February

Save 5% on tennis balls this Valentine's weekend!

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13 February

The love set - tennis' own Valentine's gift

It's valentine's day, so time to embrace the love set! It happens to us all, is not as bad as you think and can be used as a psychological weapon...

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Charlotte Beattie

Glasgow Tennis League
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7 February

Hurry, it's not too late to join us for the Rafa Nadal Academy tournament in March!

The ITF Seniors tournament in Mallorca from 8-15 March is now sold out, but never fear! There are still spaces the week before on Rafa Nadal...

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7 February

Nigel's got new shoes!

Hot news: Nigel's got new shoes, and he got 25% off his Mizunos with his Local Tennis League discount. But how should you break in new shoes? We...

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Alan Revel

Haggerston Park Tennis League
Highbury Fields
Lincoln's Inn Tennis League
Rosemary Gardens Tennis League
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6 February

Are you a rule maker or a rule taker?

You can't play tennis without rules, but who decides? We unlock the complicated hierachy of tennis power brokers and reveal the role you have in...

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31 January

Postcard from Australia – the final instalment!

As we approach the final weekend of the first Grand Slam of a new decade Local Tennis Leagues' Simon Wood reflects on what was an eventful yet...

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30 January

Windy weather: friend or foe?

The weather can be a problem at this time of year, especially if the wind gets up. So what are the rules when the ball bounces back over the net...

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Rad Swierkowski

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28 January

Last chance to secure your place in our ballot for Wimbledon tickets 2020

If you are currently playing in a round of your local league and your BTM rating appears next to your name on the results table, as long as you...

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24 January

When it's your call and when it's not

Everyone knows (we hope!) that you call the balls on your side of the net, but you also have an obligation to be fair and call your own balls out...

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24 January

If it's March, it must be Mallorca

Fed up with the weather? Need a break playing tennis? Come to Mallorca this March!

What is the appropriate response if, in the middle of...

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Rob Hollinshead

Richmond Parks Tennis League
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24 January

Postcard from the Australian Open: a wizard stop on the magical mystery tennis tour!

The Australian Open is often called the ‘Happy Slam’ and regularly claimed as the players' favourite. Held right at the start of the new year,...

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23 January

The scoreboard in your pocket

Last week we looked at the tennis scoreboards on the market and how you could save money by building your own. Bristol League player, Douglas...

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17 January

All the facts you need to know

If you want to know which tennis player has earned the most prize money, who is nicknamed 'Machine', who was the most talked about player among...

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17 January

The most challenging Slam ever

With qualifying underway in Melbourne, the Australian Open has started, but it is the continuing bush fire emergency that is foremost in...

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Isobel Stephen

The AELTC Community Sports Ground Daytime Tennis League
Wimbledon Park Tennis League
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Omer Malik

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10 January

Tennis and the Bush Fire crisis

Just watching from afar the bush fires raging in Australia has been disturbing enough, but as the tennis season turns to the southern hemisphere...

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Rob Bishop

Cheltenham Parks Tennis League
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9 January

What would you ask your robot ball to do?

Technology giant Samsung unveiled a prototype of its new AI assistant to the world this week, and it looked a lot like a tennis ball. Is it only...

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7 January

Too many Local Tennis League emails? You have options!

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3 January

Five things to know about the ATP Cup!

Another new World Cup of men's tennis so soon after the re-imagined Davis Cup? Here are the five things you need to know!

 

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3 January

New Year, New You - health and fitness tips to make 2020 the year tennis works for you!

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3 January

Join us in Mallorca in March or build your own 2020 Rafa Nadal Academy break. Either way, save 5% on all holidays!

Tomorrow is ‘sunshine Saturday’, the most popular day of the year for people in the UK to book their holidays. If you love tennis and want to...

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23 December 2019

Our top ten Roundup stories of the 2019!

How was the year for you? Full of tennis we hope.

Traditionally, this is the time for us to look back at the year with out top ten of our...

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20 December 2019

The Great Local Tennis League's Christmas Quiz 2019

Another year of great matches, new champs and and amazing comebacks draws to a close... but what do you remember of it? Test your wits with our...

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12 December 2019

Game, set and match of tennis gifts

Stuck for a stocking filler? Need a last minute gift for a tennis fan? We have the answer. Here is a round of the best tennis Game[s], Sets and...

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12 December 2019

Unsafe to play: the rules and etiquette of calling off a match

Playing throughout the year, even on outdoor courts, is perfectly possible in Britain, but sometimes it just isn't safe to be on court. So how do...

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12 December 2019

Au revoir as DriveNow moves on!

We love having partners and are grateful for the support they give us and the tennis you play. So, it is with a tinge of sadness, that we say a...

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5 December 2019

Get tennis done: for the many, not the few

With the General Election looming and all parties trying to woo voters with what they would do in office, we recently published our just for fun...

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5 December 2019

Put a number next to your name and get ready for Wimbledon 2020!

Ever wondered why some players have rating numbers next to their name on the group tables and others don't? Find out the answer and discover how...

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4 December 2019

Can you repressurise tennis balls? It's a long story...

When we wrote about making tennis greener last week we were asked why we hadn't mentioned repressurising old balls. Meanwhile last week's "Meet...

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Paul Whittenham

Havant Tennis League
Portsmouth Tennis League
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29 November 2019

It's back: the Rafa Nadal Tennis Tournament for all!

After a highly successful inaugural tournament last year, the Rafa Nadal Academy social tournament will be back in March. Don't miss out!...

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29 November 2019

Can tennis go green?

Whether it is yellow balls or Wimbledon whites, it is time for tennis to go green. Climate change and plastic pollution is harming everyone so...

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25 November 2019

Behind the scenes of a unique Andy Murray documentary

Resurfacing, a documentary chronicling what turned out to be the most difficult period in Andy Murray’s life is released by Amazon today. The...

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Emily Norman

Highbury Fields
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22 November 2019

Our tennis manifesto!

All the political parties are publishing their manifestos this week ahead of next month's General Election. Why should tennis be any different!...

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22 November 2019

Sharp elbows!

If you have had it, you will know it. Tennis elbow is a very painful problem. It is not, necessarily, anything to do with tennis but if your...

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Tony Puddifer

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21 November 2019

Rip that grip and start again!

Is there a difference between a leftie grip and a right-handers' wrap? Are you afraid to cut? And do you staple or not? Don't tie yourself in...

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15 November 2019

Davis Cup: Tennis magic in Madrid

Hot on the heels of the Nitto ATP Finals in London come the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. It's the first year of its controversial new format which...

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15 November 2019

Mind games and pressure points

Rafa Nadal defied all the odds when he mounted an enormous comeback against against Daniil Medvedev at the O2 on Wednesday (and came back from a...

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