If Wimbledon fever has gripped your household, Chiswick Poly Tennis Club Secretary Ian Wylie thinks you should consider making a racket closer to home.

Chiswick Poly Tennis - more relaxed than other clubs

While the saga of the Chiswick Back Common courts goes into the longest fifth set tie-break in tennis history, there are other local options available.

Three are listed on the clubs section of this website, including my own local community club - Chiswick Poly Tennis.

Based in Cavendish Road, W4, we currently hire the tennis facilities on an annual basis from the University of Westminster, who run the Chiswick site.

We're not a posh club with luxury facilities. Yes, we've got all the nets and equipment, but our six hard courts are, in truth, reaching the end of their lives. Six grass courts on the "railway" side of our site - The Quintin Hogg Memorial Ground - are open from May to September.

If you've walked or driven along Hartington Road recently, you'll have noticed that four additional grass courts opposite Chiswick Quay have not reopened this summer. This is to allow the planned development of new sporting facilities, including construction of up to nine new courts.

So why join Chiswick Poly Tennis? Well, our members will tell you that we're not like your average tennis club. We encourage players of all abilities - adult and junior. There is no "playing in", coaching is available and membership fees are very reasonable. We also like to smile.

If you're looking for - and can afford - a club with indoor courts, swimming pool, sauna, plus five star bar and restaurant, then Chiswick Poly is not for you. But if you're searching for a tennis club with a bit of individuality and character, and the largest amount of sky in west London, then serve up our website and take a look around.

It might not be Wimbledon. But turn up and play on a cold winter's day when the sky is ice blue - or in the middle of summer with the sun beating down on the grass - and you'll understand why people belong to what we think is a unique club.

Ian Wylie



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