Wimbledon fever is upon us as we enjoy weeks of exceptional tennis at the Championships, one of London's biggest sporting events.
Despite the entire tennis-loving world looking to London for the most prestigious grand slam around, London's tennis facilities have some way to go.
There are 2,291 tennis courts in London, but that means there's just one court for every 3,800 Londoners. Just over half of these are in parks, while 48% are in clubs.
While 27% of Londoners are interested in playing the game, only 15% of Londoners play tennis at least once a year. Given our weather and the fact that just 10% of courts are covered, this may come as no surprise.
The figure for people who play monthly is 5.3% and weekly regulars is at 2.3%.
Floodlighting is only available at around a third of courts, and just 1% of courts have a digital booking process, allowing people to book and pay for courts online or with an app.
The Lawn Tennis Association has introduced a £250m funding pot for clubs and to improve facilities for regular and new players of the game by doubling the number of covered and floodlit courts.
They're also looking at installing online entry and booking systems and refurbish courts, clubhouses and other social spaces.
John Golding, LTA Head of Region for London and South East said, "More and more people are enjoying the sport and there is a real appetite for the improvement and regeneration of local courts.
"There has never been a better time for tennis to increase its number of participants and this investment from the LTA plus further support from partner organisations is a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to transform our local tennis facilities and get more people."
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