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


London Borough of Hammersmith And Fulham


London Borough of Merton


London Borough of Harrow


Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames


London Borough of Barnet


Elmbridge Borough Council


London Borough of Richmond upon Thames


London Borough of Haringey


Royal  Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead


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

Tamworth Borough Council


Kingston upon Hull City Council


Redditch Borough Council


West Lancashire District Council


Falkirk District Council


East Ayrshire Council


North Lanarkshire Council


Western Isles Council


Corby Borough Council


Orkney Islands Council


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