Serve yourself up an ace with this list of the leading Tennis sites. It contains information and links to the best online resources available on or off the tennis court.
When that time of year comes around, you’ll get the best seat in the house at the official site for the SW19 championship. You can access a whole host of tournament information from the draws, results, news and player profiles. Want to know when your favourite player is on court next? Easy – just peruse the order of play and you’ll be able to see when and where they are playing. Oh, and if you want to experience the championship live, this is the website to go to for tickets and information abou View Site »
Aside from the four major championships, there is a year long competition in which the best players in the world play. It’s the premier tennis competition and it has its fair share of great matches, drama and upsets and this is the place where you’ll find all the latest results, rankings and upcoming matches. They also sell tickets to the various rounds including the World Tour Finals which are held at the O2 Arena in London. View Site »
If you want the latest news from the tennis world then check out this comprehensive website where you’ll find just that. Match reports and analysis, injury updates, interviews with the players and more can all be found here. If you want to improve your own game, they have a section dedicated to helping you achieve this with loads of video coaching. View Site »
The LTA is the governing body for British tennis and their website is a source of information for anyone wishing to get involved in the sport. If you want to play the game then they can help you locate a court and/or club and should you wish to compete then they have all the details of competitions around the country. There is also a wealth of information for aspiring coaches, umpires and volunteers. View Site »
You can’t very well play a game of tennis without all the essential equipment. Whether you need a new racket, tennis shoes or just some balls for a knock around, Tennis Planet has one of the widest ranges on offer. They offer free delivery on orders over £85 and they promise to send items out the same day on orders placed before 3pm. They score very highly on TrustPilot.co.uk, the independent rating service for online retailers where their customer service gets plenty of praise. View Site »
This website is a bit different to your usual news service because it doesn’t actually feature any news. Instead, they have some of the best analysis of the game and much of it comes directly from players, both past and present, who give interviews and even write their own columns. They review the latest tennis gear, give you tips on how to get more from your game and pull together some of the best videos from the web into one easy to navigate format. View Site »
The ITF are the official world governing body for the sport of tennis. If you want to know the rules and regulations of the game from how they approve tournament balls to the inspections a court must go through before it is deemed satisfactory, they have it all here. For players who want to turn pro, there is a section dedicated to providing help and advice and if you would like to know more about the science and medicine used in the game then the ITF bring your plenty of information in this reg View Site »
Do you get told off by your other half or friends because you talk about tennis too much? I think this site is going to solve a lot of those problems because you can interact with other enthusiastic fans of the men’s game in this pulsating online forum with some 50,000+ members and 14 million posts (and growing). Think Federer in his prime would beat Sampras in his? Want to see more drop shots in the game? Debate all the hot topics with likeminded people from the comfort of your own home. View Site »
Whether by accident or design, this forum and the one above are kept separate with only the women’s game being discussed here. Maybe surprisingly, this forum actually has more members and posts (77,000 and 24 million respectively) so if you have a passion for women’s tennis, you’ll be in good company here. Discuss the latest matches and put the tennis world to right by joining for free or just watch/read from the sidelines. View Site »
Do you wish that they’d show more live tennis on TV so that you could get live action not just from the major championships but also from the world tour and other competitions? Then Tennis TV is the service for you. They show over 2000 live matches a year in full HD with replays on demand and highlights if you haven’t got time to watch them all. Amazingly this costs less than £90 per year which is a bargain for the amount of coverage you get. View Site »
The modern game of tennis is another of those sports that Britain can be proud of introducing to the world with its roots going back to late 19th century although it is Birmingham and not Wimbledon that can claim to be the original home of the game.
These days the sport is played up and down the country on municipal courts in parks through to country clubs and leisure centres. There are some 2740 clubs in the UK housing over 20,000 courts and estimates are that over 4 million people pick up a racket at least once a year with many of those playing regularly for fun or competitively.
Strawberries, Pimms, sunburn…and tennis – it’s the quintessential mix that makes Wimbledon the most prestigious of the four major tournaments and it transfixes the nation to their TVs for two weeks in June and July.
Other than Wimbledon, the remaining major tournaments are the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. The Australian and US competitions are played on hard courts while in France the players compete on a distinctive red clay surface.
Some of the greatest players in the history of the sport are still playing with Federer and Nadal (17 and 14 majors respectively) still competing at the top level while Pete Sampras will also go down as one of the all time greats even though he never completed the full set of majors because he failed to win the French Open. You can see a list of the players with the most Grand Slam victories by clicking here.
In the women’s game, during the Open Era when both amateurs and professionals were allowed to compete in major tournaments, Steffi Graf has an astonishing 22 Grand Slam wins to her name. Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are currently joint second with Serena Williams not far behind on 17 (and no doubt more to come). Again, you can view a list of all the great players by visiting this page.
Tennis continues to be a sport that attracts large crowds and with better TV coverage than ever before, you can now watch more live matches and get greater reporting from all the competitions being played around the world.
The websites on this page should give you a thorough grounding in the sport so that you never miss an ace, a passing shot or a lob.