Tennis in Elmbridge

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - update

Following the government's announcement regarding national lockdown restrictions, all parks tennis courts are now closed until further notice. Further information is available on the LTA website.

Why not visit the LTA's Tennis at Home Hub web page during lockdown? It includes great ideas to keep you and your family active, healthy and entertained at home.

You can also still exercise in a public outdoor place, once a day:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Register and play today for free 

Click on the above 'Register, book and play' icon to get your free Parks Tennis Pass. Your pass can be used by your whole household (up to 5 people) to access any of the Elmbridge Parks Tennis Courts all year round, for a maximum of 2 hours per day, at no cost.

Please note tennis courts can only be accessed using the online Parks Tennis booking system. Once you have booked your court, you will receive a code to key in at the gate to gain access to the court. There are no extra fees involved.

Parks Tennis membership update - Introduction of fees on 1 April 2021

Since 2019 Elmbridge Borough Council has been able to offer free memberships.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing pressures on Council finances as well as the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, the Council is no longer able  to provide free use of tennis courts to all residents. In order to keep courts in a good condition and to maintain the gate technology and online booking system that enable members to play at the time and location of their choice, the Council will be introducing fees for court hire on 1 April 2021. These fees have been set at a minimal level and any residents in receipt of low-income benefits will not be charged to use the courts. For further information, please refer to our FAQs

Coaching programme

To check the various tennis courses on offer for all ages and abilities, please visit our coaching page.   


There are 2 active coaching providers across some of the Parks tennis sites:

Duncan Willitts runs taketennis lessons, which provides a structured coaching system to encourage juniors and adults to learn to play tennis and develop their skills. He operates out of Elmgrove Recreation Ground in Walton.

Duncan runs some extremely successful children’s beginners classes, Tennis for Kids at Elmgrove and is running summer courses for children aged 4-11. Tennis for Kids is a starter course where each child gets 6 high quality lessons, a racket, ball set and t-shirt.

James Starr (Oxshott Tennis Club Head Tennis Pro), an LTA accredited tennis coaching provider, has partnered with Elmbridge Borough Council to deliver an exciting community tennis programme for people of all ages and abilities at Cobham Recreation Ground. James and his team are the only coaches permitted to deliver professional coaching services from Cobham Recreation Ground.

For further information, please contact the coaches directly or visit Parks tennis coaching.     

Council tennis courts locations  

You can play tennis for free at any of the Council owned sites listed below. We do take bookings from private coaches, however we always make sure that at least one court is left open for public use.

  • Civic Centre, Off Esher High Street, KT10 9SD

  • West End Recreation Ground, Esher

  • Cobham Recreation Ground

  • Coronation Recreation Ground, Hersham

Long Ditton
  • Long Ditton Recreation Ground, Long Ditton

  • Grovelands Recreation Ground

  • Molesey Hurst Recreation Ground

Thames Ditton
  • Giggs Hill Field, Thames Ditton

  • Churchfields Recreation Ground

  • Cricket Way Open Space

  • Oatlands Recreation Ground

  • Elm Grove Recreation Ground, Walton-on-Thames 

Elmbridge local tennis league

Do you enjoy playing friendly matches? If so, the Elmbridge Tennis League is for you. A mixed (men and women) singles league, it is open to adults (18 years +) of all standards. Everyone is welcome.

For more information visit Elmbridge Tennis League.

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