Bristol Real Tennis Club
Bristol Real Tennis Club exists to provide the opportunity for players of all abilities to enjoy this fabulous game. The Bristol & Bath Tennis Club was founded in 1985, originally as a “wandering side” who played their home fixtures at Hardwick House. Since November 2011, the club has been known as the Bristol Real Tennis Club.
Completed in 1997, the court was officially opened in February 1998 by HRH Prince Edward. Bristol has a long association with real tennis. At one stage the city had nine courts, most of which were attached to public houses. It is believed that Bristol Catherdral School had the oldest known court in the city.
Real tennis is one of a few sports which uses handicaps. This means it’s a superb game for all ages and all abilities. Courts are available for either singles or doubles in one hour sessions. The professionals will organise opponents of a suitable standard if required. However, you can bring your own friends to play against, if you so wish.
Kevin King is the Head Professional and has been with the club since the court opened. He is available for private or group coaching session and is also responsible for the club’s match programme.
At the heart of real tennis is a competitive spirit, therefore the club offers a range of competitions throughout the year. In addition to external matches, the club holds regular tournaments where members compete in a friendly environment.
Bristol Real Tennis Club offers a number of membership options. All are welcome to join one of many free taster sessions which take place each year. After players have the option of trial membership. This enables players coaching, court time and a discount on full membership.
The club also runs corporate away days where you can put teamwork to the test! Finally, the on site pro shop sells a range of equipment.