Anyone for tennis? Nine of the best places in Norwich to play
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Wimbledon fortnight is when tennis fever hits the nation and people reach for their racquet and dust off their backhands. Here are some of the best places in Norwich to try your hand at the game.
Tennis players have the choice of four outdoor courts at the park near Ipswich Road, all of which are free to use.
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The Sportspark is home to six floodlit tennis courts which can be booked for hourly sessions. Bookings cost £6.60 an hour for non-members and £3.50 an hour for members.
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The two hard courts at the Clover Hill Road park are free to use all year round and are open at all times. Sadly you will be unable to play when it gets dark as there are no floodlights.
This park is home to 10 grass courts which operate on a pay and play basis. They can be pre-booked for the season or for a one-off session. Hourly rates are £6.70 for adults and £3.35 for juniors.
•Alderman Walker Park
The two courts are open all year round and are free to use.
•East Anglian Tennis & Squash Club
Located on Lime Tree Road, this club has 10 floodlit tennis courts. Non-members can hire a court for £8 during peak periods (typically weekday mornings and evenings) and £6 during off-peak periods (during the day). Saturday tends to be the busiest day at the club but there are usually plenty of courts available on a Sunday.
There are four outdoor courts just off Angel Road which are free to use and are currently open from 8am until 9.30pm.
There are three hard courts which are operated by Norwich City Council and cost £6.70 for adults and £3.35 for juniors for an hour's play. It is also home to four all-weather courts which are run by Norwich Parks Tennis.
•Lakenham Recreation Ground
The park is home to five outdoor hard courts which are free to use and available from 8am until 9.30pm.
For a full list of venues in the city, visit the Lawn Tennis Association website, www.lta.org.uk