The United Kingdom
's National Tennis Centre
in south west London
is the Lawn Tennis Association
(LTA)'s high performance training facility. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II
on 29 March 2007.
The centre has 16 outdoor courts, covering all the Grand Slam
surfaces, 6 indoor courts, a gymnasium and sports science and medical facilities. It also houses the administration of the LTA, which was previously based at the Queen's Club
in West Kensington
The National Tennis Centre was built in response to a 1999 review by the LTA of the reasons for its sustained failure to produce world class tennis players (the only British players of either sex to make the world top fifty in the 1990s were Tim Henman
, who didn't come up through the LTA system, and Greg Rusedski
, who learned to play in Canada
). It was inspired by the national tennis centres in the more successful tennis nations of France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and the United States and serves as a focus for high performance players and coaches.
Previously the LTA's elite training facilities were at Queen's Club
, but they were inadequate for the purpose and Queen's is better known as a social club for wealthy Londoners than as a centre of sporting excellence. The LTA hopes that relocating to a facility dedicated to competitive tennis will help to bring about new culture in British tennis in which competition is given priority rather than social tennis. It sold Queen's Club back to the club members.... Read More