Wimbledon opportunities

July 4th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

Well with Novak Djokovic shockingly out of Wimbledon after his defeat by American Sam Querrey - ending his hopes of a calendar-year Grand Slam even though he must have been focused on winning  his third straight Wimbledon title to secure the third leg of a calendar Slam. It was the Serb's first loss at a major since the 2015 French Open final and opens up the competition again.
 
At this time of year everyone starts to look for their tennis racquets and take to the courts again and there is no better place to do that than in Harpenden with its two great tennis Clubs: Harpenden Tennis Club is the larger club welcoming players of all standards, age groups and abilities. It has a host of great facilities; including 17 tennis courts, 12 of which have floodlights and it also has three air halls covering 5 courts during the winter so play can continue in bad weather.  There is a modern clubhouse with changing rooms, bar, kitchen, and function room and social tennis sessions are run all year round across the week. David Lawlor is the Head Coach, and he runs a coaching programme to extend the opportunities to learn and improve at tennis for juniors and adults.
 
Not far away the other Harpenden club is Elliswick Lawn Tennis Club it has seven Astroturf courts surrounded by prize-winning gardens and offer opportunities for all ages and levels of play. Social tennis is the backbone of the club but they also enjoy competitive tennis and sometimes their teams “manage to punch above their weight.” With an attractive clubhouse modern facilities, lounge and bar, kitchen and changing rooms, they too offer a busy social calendar.
 
Source: BBC/Harpenden Tennis Club/Elliswick Lawn Tennis Club