6 July 2015

Which of the Williams sisters is the stronger? What happened to Nadal? And can Andy Murray really bring home the Wimbledon trophy again?

It is tennis fever in South West London and it stretches all the way to YMCA Hawker in Kingston upon Thames, where last Sunday, junior players from the YMCA Hawker tennis courses competed in the eighth annual summer tournament at the centre. 

It was a great day out by the banks of the river Thames, with a BBQ, prizes for all the competitors and lots of good matches, both singles and doubles.

See the results.

YMCA Wimbledon made my tennis career

YMCA St Paul’s Group has a long history as a champion of the noble sport of tennis. Throughout the 1970s, several players taking part in the Wimbledon tournament lodged at the YMCA hostel in Wimbledon whilst preparing for and taking part in the championships.

Roger Taylor, although never a Wimbledon champion, is considered one of the greatest British tennis players of all times. He lived in the hostel at YMCA Wimbledon in the early 1970s. Later, Mr Taylor even said that “if it hadn’t been for the YMCA, I wouldn’t have made it in the sport of tennis”.

Today, tennis is still flourishing in the YMCA in South West London, with lots of talented young players training at YMCA Hawker in Kingston.

And who knows, maybe in a few years’ time some of them will be up there at Centre Court, fighting for the iconic Wimbledon trophy.

Summer tennis courses

A good starting place for any future Wimbledon champion is the summer tennis courses for juniors at YMCA Hawker.

Starting on Monday 20 July, Nick and Jeremy will be holding daily tennis courses over the summer holidays until Friday 28 August.

Courses are for ages 4 and up, and prices start at £13.

To sign up for a place, call in at the centre or call reception on 020 8296 0747.

Timetable for the summer tennis courses.

Hire tennis courts at YMCA Hawker

For parents and children who simply want to take advantage of the nice summer weather and the bright summer evenings to play, the tennis courts at YMCA Hawker can be hired for £5 per hour (subject to availability).

We have 3 outdoor floodlit hard courts (open until 9pm).

To check on availability and make a reservation, call in at the centre or call 020 8296 9747.

Contact us

For further inquiries about the tennis at YMCA Hawker, please contact junior tennis coach Nick Wheatley on nicktennis@supanet.com.

Alternatively you can always call in at the centre or call reception on 020 8296 9747.