The summer might be drawing to a close but there is nothing to stop the next generation of Andy Murrays and Roger Federers from practicing their racquet skills throughout the autumn and winter on 28 of the borough’s newly refurbished tennis courts.
And those that play at the courts in King George’s Park can hone their serve and volley skills until 9pm each evening all-year-round following the installation of floodlights.
The investment has been made by All Star Tennis, which has spent more than £600,000 upgrading 28 courts at six locations across the borough.
It offers children and young people the chance to play tennis after school free of charge – and at three venues also borrow racquets and balls.
There are refurbished tennis courts at King George’s Park, Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common, Furzedown Rec and at Leader’s Gardens in Putney, plus the now finished upgrade at Wandsworth Park which represents the last stage of the project.
All Star Tennis, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year, began working in the borough in 2002 when it started managing the courts on Wandsworth Common.
In 2013 it teamed up with another tennis provider Will to Win and took on the other five venues in a partnership which has seen local participation levels soar by 80 per cent.
As well as the 28 courts managed by All Star Tennis, residents can also play at the courts in Battersea Park and also at the council’s flagship 52-acre multi-sports complex at Barn Elms.
Here people can play rugby, football, cricket, aussie rules, netball, hockey and rounders as well as specialist sports like beach volleyball, archery, athletics, field events. There is also a gym and a boathouse for rowing. These are managed by the council’s leisure and culture contractor Enable Leisure and Culture.
To find out more about coaching and playing at All Star’s venues visit www.allstartennis.co.uk
For information about Barn Elms visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/barnelms
. And for other fitness, leisure and sports facilities in the borough log on to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/sport.