Latest Court Devlopments
The building of new courts, or refurbishment of old courts, is usually led by an active individual or group in a particular location. The latest Tennis courts to come into existence were at Radley in 2008 and at Wellington College in 2016, with others at various stages in the pipeline. A second Rackets court was opened at Tonbridge in 2012, following a successful appeal by the school combined with support from the community. Previous to this, and in the last 20 years, one new Rackets court had been built at St Paul’s School in London and six new Tennis courts have opened: Bristol, Middlesex University (Burroughs), Harbour Club, The Oratory School, and two at Prested Hall. Sadly, Harbour Club has subsequently closed. In the same period, three old Tennis courts have been restored to play after undergoing major refurbishment: the Cambridge blue court, the Hyde court at Bridport, and Newmarket. One 19th century court at Troon currently stands idle with an impasse between the building’s owners and a group of local enthusiasts.