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Yannick Argac

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8 December 2020

Only the Brave

 

A poem inspired by tennis, written by Vera Boyle. 

 

To play or not to play, 

On the day or the next day?...

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Chris Walker

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David Segura-Pravia

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Joseph Carswell

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Fiona Rose

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Robert Rhodes

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3 September 2020

One For The Ladies

 

As Beate and Victoria completed their match in March earlier this year, the realisation that this would be the last for a while sank...

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Alan Magness

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26 August 2020

Rules & Tips - All About The Net

All tennis players are familiar with the net. It sits there in the middle of the court, taunting you, stopping some of your best shots but also...

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Sophie Longhurst

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20 August 2020

5 fun tennis facts about the newest member of the LTL team!

We'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the Local Tennis Leagues team. Rebecca recently moved to London from Sydney, Australia...

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Steve McCann

Highbury Fields
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22 July 2020

With our first rounds completed, let's take a quick look at Portsmouth!

The Portsmouth league finished their first round on...

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21 July 2020

Don't get caught out! Keep updated with our main rules...

For some of you, your first round post lockdown has finished and for others, it has just begun! Let's break down some rules so...

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21 July 2020

Pro Tips for you on court...

We found this clear, short and snappy site called Improve My Tennis...

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17 July 2020

4 simple tips to use on court!

This week, we keep it simple and share famous coach, Nick Bollettieri's quick tips to help you on court!

 

Tip...

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16 July 2020

Here come the girls!

It all started with the Battle of the Brits but here we are with the Progress Tour Women's Championships, where the women take...

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10 July 2020

Wimbledon serves up towels for people who are homeless...

The Wimbledon Foundation has donated 2,400 towels that would have been used by tennis stars to national homelessness charity...

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9 July 2020

Getting tough when it's getting tight!

This week we expanded our Coaching Corner to the mental realm and spoke with Chris Harwood, Professor of Sport Psychology from...

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Daniel Sayers

Potteries Parks Tennis League
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Andrew Wright

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2 July 2020

Post Lockdown Updates

Rain, Sun, Wind, Rain, Wind, Sun, Wind... it's constantly changing out...

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2 July 2020

Keep yourself in peak physical condition on court with these tips...

Adam Costello, Coach Accrediation & Engagement Coordinator at the LTA...

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26 June 2020

This week we learn that coaching is great, but competing is key to improving your game...

One of our coaches Jess Downs and also Participation Development Partner at the LTA, shares her 5 pearls of wisdom for

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25 June 2020

Tennis in Wales is back!

We caught up with Mark Lewis, Competitions & Events Manager for Tennis Wales, to find out more of their plans now that...

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25 June 2020

Post Lockdown Updates

As we've seen in the headlines this week, tennis is one of the few sports that is safe for play, as long as social distance...

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Esther Gillham

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19 June 2020

Top coaching tips to improve your game!

Welcome to our new Coaching Corner!

Approved by one of our LTA coaches, check out these top 5...

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17 June 2020

Post Lockdown Updates

For this week's FAQ update we focus on Scotland and in particular, Wales who are finally able to return to play!

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12 June 2020

Updates on the unlocked rounds

We continue to gradually unlock our leagues across the country and as mentioned before, this is a phased process with round dates appearing on...

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Tom Dykins

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12 June 2020

Meet Paul - New LTL Manager at LTA

After working with Sally and Nigel for five years, Paul now leads the new LTA Local Tennis Leagues team. What can we expect and what are his...

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5 June 2020

Happy #VolunteersWeek2020!

As we have all had cause to appreciate in recent months, we wouldn’t be able to get by without the help of volunteers. With the LTA celebrating #...

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5 June 2020

What we ❤ about Local Tennis Leagues

As Sally Kinnes prepares to sign off from her role as founding director of Local Tennis Leagues, she looks back at 15 glorious years by the way...

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5 June 2020

Picture perfect: a celebration of the tennis you play

After 15 years nurturing this nationwide network of friendly, competitive tennis leagues, Sally Kinnes and Nigel Billen are handing over the fun...

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29 May 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

#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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

Court inaction!

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Darren Bellamy

Cardiff & Vale Tennis League
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7 May 2020

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 2020

Court in lockdown - more of your photos!

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5 May 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

See you on court (soon)

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Flora McMeeking

Oxford Tennis League
Vale Tennis League
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24 April 2020

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

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24 April 2020

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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Vince Reardon

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23 April 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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

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16 April 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

Court on camera - Coronavirus walks

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3 April 2020

Online fitness survival guide

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Tosin Ige

Aberdeen Tennis League
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27 March 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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

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5 March 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

Tennis atishoo - should you play with a cold?

Please see our ...

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14 February 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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

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13 February 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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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