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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

Online fitness survival guide

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Meet the Players

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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Meet the Players

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!

Over the years we have heard many great stories of how players have introduced others in to the sport. Giving a friend the gift of tennis is one...

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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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Meet the Players

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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Meet the Players

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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15 November 2019

Will David Ferrer be on-song at the Royal Albert Hall? Win tickets and find out!

Thanks to our tennis ball partner HEAD, we have two tickets to be won to the 2019 Final of the Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, London...

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Chris Mackenzie-Ross

Battersea Park Tennis League
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8 November 2019

Booking is now open for the next ITF at the Rafa Nadal Academy 8-15 March

If you love tennis, would like to compete with other players in sunny Mallorca and want to enjoy fantastic food and facilities, come on the next...

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Rob Hawksworth

Sheffield Tennis League
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8 November 2019

Bad balls, bad balls, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

You cannot play tennis without balls, but there are a number of crucial rules about these fuzzy yellow objects. If you don't know your way around...

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7 November 2019

Where to find the tennis action on TV in 2020

TV tennis is on the move again with BT Sport saying goodbye to WTA coverage. Here's our guide to making sure you don't miss any of the action....

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1 November 2019

Don't miss out on the upcoming recreational tournaments at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar

Will we see you in Mallorca this coming March? The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar is now firmly on the recreational tournament map. That means...

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1 November 2019

Fit for purpose the Rafa way

Domingo Rosselló has been Head of Physical Training at the Rafa Nadal Academy since it opened on 1 July, 2016 overseeing the fitness programme...

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1 November 2019

Sports drinks made simple

Tennis is tough on the body so you need to prepare and recuperate. But it does not have to be complicated. Gemma Bes, Rafa Nadal's personal...

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31 October 2019

Your chance to win a fantastic Babolat racket!

Celebrate the end of the tennis year with a brand new racket! We have a fantastic Babolat Aero-G racket, backpack and towel to give away. To...

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Liz Somerville

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25 October 2019

Follow in our footsteps and book a stay in Mallorca

Early bird discounts, Christmas camps and Padel competitions. There is a lot happening at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Mallorca and...

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25 October 2019

Revealed (some of) the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar coaching secrets

At every ITF event at the Rafa Nadal Academy, there is always a coaching session and it is always one of the highlights of the week (pictured...

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25 October 2019

Playsight has its eyes on your tennis

Imagine if you could see a recording of every match you played, watch it from various angles and share a video with your coach and fellow players...

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24 October 2019

Rafa Nadal and Carlos Moyá, congratulate Andy Murray, champion again!

Andy Murray astounded the tennis world with his victory on Sunday at the European Open in Antwerp. Many thought it was impossible for a player to...

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Leo Seymour

Bristol Tennis League
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18 October 2019

Point penalty, Mr Federer

If someone as experienced as Roger Federer can lose his temper on court, as happened last week, it is no surprise that the rest of us sometime...

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18 October 2019

TBCs and round extensions explained!

What happens at the end of the round if you still have a match to play? Why are some matches marked as "to be completed" and what happens if they...

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18 October 2019

Congratulations Rafa and Maria!

When we arrive on Sunday in Rafa's home town of  Manacor for the latest ITF Seniors tournament at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar we suspect...

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David Beales

Haggerston Park Tennis League
Finsbury Park Tennis League
Highbury Fields
New River Tennis League
Pavilion Tennis League
Rosemary Gardens Tennis League
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14 October 2019

Win a pair of tickets to the Nitto ATP Finals!

The Nitto ATP Finals, the stunning climax of the ATP Men's Tour, arrives in London next month and thanks to the generosity of the ATP, we have a...

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11 October 2019

Early bird booking on holidays to the Rafa Nadal Academy

Book now and not only can you get 15% off your next trip to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Mallorca, you can get an additional 5% off that...

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11 October 2019

Ready, steady, go: how to warm up and why it matters

[Pic by Kate T...

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11 October 2019

Sole searching - the secret history of the tennis shoe!

It's autumn, which can mean slippery courts. Now's the time to replace your tennis shoes after the wear and tear of the summer - and we have just...

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Philippa Seal

Acton and Gunnersbury Tennis League
Barnes & Sheen Tennis League
Battersea Park Tennis League
Chiswick House Gardens Tennis League
Hammersmith and Fulham Tennis League
Holland Park Tennis League
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4 October 2019

Gestures speak louder than words

Turn the sound down on any tennis match, and you will probably be able to tell who is winning or losing from the body language. From fist pumps...

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4 October 2019

You have been framed : Part Two

Last week we looked at what happens if your racket touches the ball twice and found out how losing grip of your racket could cost you points. But...

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Terry Neale

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27 September 2019

Inside or out?

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27 September 2019

Another chance to compete for fun at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Mallorca!

Need a break? Come to Mallorca!  Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar is running a  new tournament this October for Local Tennis League players and...

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27 September 2019

You've been framed!

It's your trusty wand, the sabre you go into battle with, the stick you rely on for support, but sometimes your racket can turn against you. Here...

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20 September 2019

Pressure points

Whether it is serving for the match, saving match point or playing someone you think you should beat, tennis can be stressful. So what is the...

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