Top class new tennis courts on Clapham Common are to be officially opened by world number twelve star Marin Cilic, following major investment from Lambeth Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Potential future Andy Murrays and Laura Robsons will benefit from the masterclass at the new, state of the art tennis facilities on the courts, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE, on Monday 7 June at 11am.
Lambeth Council and the LTA have jointly invested £250,000 into the tennis facility at Clapham Common which has helped to refurbish eight courts and provide modernised floodlights for five of the courts in one of the most popular open air spaces in London.
All the courts have been completely resurfaced and new fencing and floodlighting introduced, all to LTA standard. The new facilities are accessible to disabled users.
World number twelve tennis player, Marin Cilic, from Croatia, who will be competing at the AEGON Championships at Queens in London, will be attending the event. Around 40 local school children will get a special tennis masterclass from Tsonga and a team of LTA coaches.
Derek Prentice, Head of Sport and Recreation on Lambeth Council, said:
“Clapham Common now has some of the best facilities around thanks to this investment.
“These improvements mean that thousands of people in Lambeth now have access to public tennis courts that meet the highest national standards. Helping people lead active lives by making sure they have access to top sports quality facilities is one of the council’s main priorities, so it’s great to see these fantastic courts officially open and being used by so many people.”
The courts have all been resurfaced with macadam, a durable and consistent surface that is suitable for all standards of play.
New improved floodlighting will allow individual courts to be lit one at a time.