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Court Development


The purpose of this section of the T&RA website covering Tennis is to provide all the information you need to know if you are considering developing a new Real Tennis court, including, inter alia:

  • Dimensions of a court
  • Alternative models for new courts
  • Characteristics of successful developments
  • Capital and operating cash flow implications
  • Unique selling points for Tennis
  • Advice and support available from the T&RA, including grants

The building of new courts, or refurbishment of old courts, needs to be led by an active individual or group in the specific location.

Newest Developments

The latest Tennis courts to come into existence were at Radley College in 2008 and at Wellington College in 2016. Prior to this, five new Tennis courts have opened: at The Oratory School (1990), at Clifton College in Bristol (1997), at Middlesex University and two at Prested Hall in Essex (all in 1999). In the same period, three old Tennis courts have been restored to play after undergoing major refurbishment: the Cambridge University Blue court, the Hyde court at Bridport, and at Newmarket.

T&RA Support

The T&RA is able to offer a supporting role in dealing with planners, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, contractors, etc; this is achieved by either seconding our own experienced people or by recommending consultants. The T&RA is also able to provide financial assistance by way of grants and loans.

In the first instance, you should contact the T&RA Director of Court Development on