Rachel fancied giving competitive tennis another go after years of occasional social play, so she joined the Waterlow Park league in mid-2018. Four rounds later, she's met some great people, played in challenging weather conditons and worked on her "Nadalesque" game
I used to play at school but then, apart from some social summer tennis with friends, I didn't play properly for years. I forgot a lot about the competitive side of the game during this time so have had to relearn how to compete.
I fancied getting back into it so looked online for tennis clubs or social networks and then found Local Tennis Leagues. What was even better is that there is a league in Waterlow Park which is right where I live!
In singles, I like the fact that you get to run around a lot and that you get to know more about your opponent’s technique throughout the game. My style is “improver” right now but I'm working towards “Nadalesque!” :)
All my games have been great fun and we’ve really had a laugh. This last round however has seen some challenging weather conditions from blazing morning sun right in the eye-line, to snow and freezing temperatures!
My tennis has definitely improved by competing in the league and it’s been great to get back into playing competitively rather than socially - such different games! I’ve also met some great people and built my confidence in turning up and playing tennis with a complete stranger!
I would definitely encourage others to join. It’s good for players at all levels - no one takes it too seriously but is still there to win, and it’s a great way of getting outdoors and exercising while meeting great people.
With spring on its way, it's a great time to get back on court in the Waterlow Park league. The next round starts on 14th February and is open for entries here