It’s that Wimbledon time of year again. As ever, the drama surrounding centre court has gripped the nation – and once again we find ourselves searching for our own rackets to take on the challenge.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world (the first championship was held in 1877) and the only one of the four Grand Slam competitions still played on grass. Over the years, many traditions have grown up around it. The tailor-made all-white sportswear, strawberries and cream, ball boys and girls, Henman Hill, the BBC’s theme music “Light and Tuneful”… Without all these well-loved elements, Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon. And every year, it has “the Wimbledon effect” – people who have seldom or never picked up a racket suddenly seek out a tennis court and have a go themselves.
Of course, the nice weather at this time of year also makes the game more attractive to newcomers. At The Cornwall, we have two hard-surfaced tennis courts behind The Clearing Spa that offer tennis coaching for all ages and abilities.
The Cornwall’s leisure manager and tennis coach, Pete Churchill says that Wimbledon does indeed have a great influence on young players. “We see the inspiration that Wimbledon holds for young, aspiring individuals. Let’s just hope that one of the youngsters who have been coached at The Cornwall makes it to Wimbledon one day!” Hour-long tennis sessions for children start at £25, and we always advise guests to book as these are extremely popular in the school holidays.
However, it’s not just the kids that are inspired by the sporting events. Pete sees older people “who still show a glimmer of their past days at school” having a go on the courts. Book a coaching session with Pete to brush up your skills, and we also organise singles and doubles matches with other guests and Spa members so you can really test your game. Tennis can also be built into your “Personal Fitness Plan” which is available for members and guests.
But the brilliant thing about tennis is that you don’t have to be a fantastic player to enjoy yourself. Even if you didn’t have much of a glimmer of tennis talent at school, there is still a lot of fun to be had from a quick evening’s knock-about. Use of the courts is complimentary, and rackets and balls can be hired for just £2 per set. Follow with strawberries and cream in one of our restaurants to really capture the Wimbledon spirit!
But of course, you can take up this great sport at any time. Here are some wise words from Pete: “Remember, tennis is an all-year-round sport! Don’t just wait until Wimbledon week to get your racket out of the garden shed again…”