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Windsor and Maidenhead named among most 'tennis friendly' regions

Windsor and Maidenhead named among most 'tennis friendly' regions

James Preston

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Tennis fans inspired by the Wimbledon antics of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will not have far to go to find their nearest court if they live in Windsor and Maidenhead.

A new report by data specialists the Landmark Information Group has ranked the Royal Borough among the 10 most ‘tennis friendly’ local authorities in the country, based on how many of its residents live within 500 metres of their nearest tennis facilities.

The digital mapping firm found 53 per cent of people in the Royal Borough fell within the criteria, placing it 10th on the list.

By contrast, just four per cent of people living in the Orkney Islands have tennis facilities nearby.

Kensington and Chelsea came out on top in the study, with a whopping 71 per cent of residents living near to a facility.

Paul Blewett, Senior Product Manager of Landmark Information Group said: “The concentration of population in the South East is far greater than elsewhere in the country so it is not altogether surprising that the region comes out on top.

“Looking in more detail at the list of authorities across the country it shows, aside from the London boroughs, 16 out of the top 50 are located in the South East with more than 40 per cent of households within 500 metres of tennis courts.

“This makes the sport highly accessible for a large proportion of residents in this region who may want to take part in the sport, following the buzz of this year’s Wimbledon tournament.” 

Percentage of households located within 500 meters of tennis facilities, by Local Authorities– top 10:

Royal Borough of Kensington And Chelsea

71%

London Borough of Hammersmith And Fulham

68%

London Borough of Merton

64%

London Borough of Harrow

62%

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

58%

London Borough of Barnet

58%

Elmbridge Borough Council

58%

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

57%

London Borough of Haringey

56%

Royal  Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

53%

Percentage of households located within 500 meters of tennis facilities, by Local Authorities – bottom 10:

Tamworth Borough Council

12%

Kingston upon Hull City Council

11%

Redditch Borough Council

11%

West Lancashire District Council

11%

Falkirk District Council

9%

East Ayrshire Council

8%

North Lanarkshire Council

8%

Western Isles Council

8%

Corby Borough Council

7%

Orkney Islands Council

4%

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