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Our President arrives for Social Tennis.

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General view of the four courts.

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Randolph Wilcox writes about his daughter's session at the club with British tennis player Katie Boulter (current world ranking 374, highest ranking 82):

Lockdown was pretty awful for everyone and we were no different. I didn’t work for nearly four months, without any kind of pay, and so we had to cut back on a lot of things, including my daughter Eva’s tennis coaching. However, during the summer, Katie Boulter ran a competition on Twitter for kids to win a session with her. Fearing Eva might be getting bored with hitting with me all the time I entered the competition and surprisingly Eva was one of three lucky children that won!

Katie and her team came to the club at the start of September and it was a fantastic experience for Eva and actually, for all of us that were there on the day.

Katie spent more than hour on the court with Eva, going through various strokes, backhand, forehand and volleys and I even got to hit a few balls with her too. In between the sessions she would chat with Eva about tennis and lots of other things. She was also kind enough to give Eva a signed top, which Eva wants to wear all the time!

Martin and other members of the club also got to have a good chat with Katie and she complimented us all on having such a wonderful tennis club.

There’s a lovely photo of Katie talking to Eva and her friends, it shows how kind, friendly and how she was really interested in the girls. It was such a fantastic day, my wife Sara and I watched on as extremely proud parents. It has boosted Eva’s confidence in her game, and at the end of the afternoon she said, “ Dad, I want to be exactly like Katie when I grow up!”


Since re-opening in May there has been unprecedented interest in the Club. We have welcomed so many new members that now have a waiting list. Please contact, our Membership Secretary for details or if you wish to join.

Please note also that courts may now be booked for one hour only from a time starting and ending on the hour, eg from 10.00 to 11.00, not from 10.30 to 11.30.


The LTA have just announced changes in their guidelines for Tennis Clubs and players.

Both singles and doubles play are permitted with players from outside your household. We are asked to remain at least 2 meters apart "wherever possible"

It is now recommended that you use marked balls, and return balls from another court by racket or foot.

All other guidelines still apply, although the new rules for England allow a gathering of no more than 6 on the Club site as long as social distancing is strictly observed.

All courts need to be prebooked, and are strictly for paid up members only. For both singles and doubles two members names are needed on the Holdmycourt  booking system. Because we are so busy, members can only book on court for one hour a day.

Coaches are now allowed up to 6 players on their court.

There is a fantastic atmosphere around the Club, with lots of smiling faces and good singles tennis being played. Having said that I know many of us will welcome the return of doubles.

Enjoy your tennis

The Committee

Welcome to Ham & Petersham Tennis Club - Richmond’s best kept tennis secret

Not many people know that Ham & Petersham Tennis Club exists; not many people walk past it, and even some of those who have will not have noticed it, behind the trees, as they go by. The courts are not easy to find; our membership has developed mainly through word of mouth.

Whilst, given our location, we are proud to maintain our low profile, we are, however, a flourishing club. We have 2 experienced LTA Licensed coaches, a very strong Junior programme and highly successful Men’s and Ladies’ teams. We also value our strong links with the community, including local primary and secondary schools.

We built and use 4 macadam courts located in quiet rural surrounds between Ham Common and historic Ham House. Our members are all ages and standards; currently we have around 120 adult members and 80 juniors.

We are also a safe play to play, with our coaching team well-versed in first aid, a defibrillator on site and a Welfare Officer keeping a close eye on both safeguarding and health & Safety.
In fact, it’s a great place to play – secure and accessible at all times – and whatever your standard, you will find plenty of opportunity to join in.

We have regular Social Tennis all year on Saturdays 10.00 - 12.30, and in summer Thursdays from 7.00 pm onwards. All members are welcome. There are regular American Tournaments and matches with other Clubs.

Court bookings are made through our online court reservation system; please see the Court Bookings page for details.

There are no entrance or guest fees; membership is £150 a year for families, £120 a year for couples, £90 a year for adults, £45 a year for members between the ages of 19 and 28, and £35 a year for juniors and students. Please see Join Us section for exact fees payable.

We have regular social tennis (turn up and play), American Tournaments, matches against other clubs, and a singles ladder.

Our club is LTA Tennismark accredited; this means that LTA have recognised that we have good standards and best practice. It shows that the club has the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

Opened in 2014, the Pavilion has a loo and washroom accessible at all times, where a defibrillator and first aid kit are available for emergency use. The main room has a kitchen, fridge, cooker and comfortable seating area and also a changing room. Outside is a large lawn with picnic benches.

Our courts are shared with Grey Court School. We have an arrangement with them under which they have priority use of the courts at weekdays during the school term up to 5pm (please see Links section for school term dates), and we have the use of the courts at other times, subject to coaching reservations (please see Coaching section) and Matches and other Events (please see Matches / Events section).

19th March 2020: updated

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