Tennis FAQs

As a member, do I need to pay to attend regular Club Play sessions?
No, only where there is coaching and an agreed fee eg over 40s sessions on Friday mornings.

Do I need to wear any special clothing?
The club does not operate a ‘tennis whites’ policy. Players are welcome to wear coloured tennis/sportswear but we do recommend wearing appropriate non-slip tennis/sports shoes on court.

Will my membership category change as my playing standard improves?
Yes, a copy of our policy ‘Moving categories’ is posted in the foyer and is also available here. If you feel ready to move categories you are recommended to discuss this with any coach/club session supervisor before your nomination goes forward.  A similar process is used for ‘nominated’ juniors who pay an extra sub on next renewal.

Are there any coaching camps for juniors in the holidays?
Yes, there are very popular junior half-term, Easter and summer camps, held mornings or afternoons according to age.  For more information or to sign up visit our camps page or email us at

Are there any other options for adult Beginners to play tennis?
Yes, Sydenham welcomes beginners and offers a number of options to learn and develop their game:

  • Club Play for members on Wednesdays between 20.00 – 21.00 and Fridays between 19:00 and 21:00 – on Courts 6 & 7 (supervised by Bill) and Sundays from 4pm;
  • Members and non-members can sign up for a term of evening group lessons (see our coaching page for more details);
  • For non-members we offer a six-week ‘Introduction to Tennis’ taster course for those new to tennis or who want to brush up their skills after a long break.  This is an opportunity for beginners to try tennis, receive some coaching in basic technique and try out the club.  The fee for the course is £30 payable in advance.  Booking is recommended as places are limited.  To sign up for the beginners introductory course or find out more about it, email

What about drop-in coaching and social play for non-members?
We run coaching session on Friday mornings during term-time for the over 40s playing at improver, intermediate and advanced levels.  This session includes an hour’s coaching from 09:30 to 10.30 followed by social play. Members £6, non-members £10. For more information about these drop-in sessions email

How much are the floodlights?
The flood lights cost £1 for 13 minutes.