Monday 6th September 2021, 10:54am

Summerleaze Park Lawn Tennis will open its doors  in May 2022 at the former North Maidenhead cricket ground at Summerleaze Park. The Summerleaze Park Lawn Tennis facilities are provided by SSIC and will initially comprise three grass courts which will be open from May 2022 to members and their guests and there are plans in place for a further three hard courts next year.

Richard Mole, who played county tennis for Bucks and has coached thousands of tennis players over the years, is Director of Tennis and is looking forward to making tennis more accessible to people in the area:

‘We are delighted to be opening the Summerleaze Park Lawn Tennis Courts in Maidenhead. We hope that the new facility will encourage people to come and take part, whatever their ability. Our aim is to provide an inclusive facility where people feel able to come along and practice their tennis skills, take up a new sport or just come and have a knockabout with friends.’

Peter Prior, Chairman of Summerleaze comments:

‘The cold spring held back the establishment of the grass, so we have been eagerly awaiting our first trial of the courts. They proved to provide excellent and consistent bounce and are even better than we expected. We are awaiting the installation of the nets, after which some informal tennis will be able to be played this autumn, subject to the weather.’

Peter went on to say:

‘We are in discussion with the RBWM on further improvements to Summerleaze Park to provide both formal and informal recreation for local people. The new tennis facility will be a welcome addition to the sports groups already in the town and we hope that it will attract people not only looking to try their hand at tennis, but those looking to make use of the clubhouse which is available to the local community for events such as weddings, divorce celebrations, parties and fundraisers.’

Anyone interested in finding out more about Summerleaze Park Lawn Tennis should email Richard Mole on richarddirect@hotmail.com.