The Lawn Tennis Association is to spend US$156m (£125 million) on 96 new UK indoor projects that it expects to be completed within the next 10 years.
The indoor tennis courts will be frame fabric structures built in 72 locations in England, 12 in Wales, and 12 in Scotland have been identified with a specific demand for indoor tennis and will benefit around 3 million people across the UK according to data from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Scott Lloyd, CEO of the LTA said, “The goal is for 95% of the population in England and Wales to have an indoor centre within a 30-minute drive.”
The LTA’s analysis-driven approach to siting the courts marks a move towards proactive investment that prioritises accessibility and community engagement, rather than a previous bid-led process, the association said.
The LTA hopes that partners in the public and private sector will match its own funding, taking the potential investment up to US$312m (£250m). “With our climate, indoor facilities are crucial,” Lloyd added.