What used to be here?
There used to be a flat grass area to the north of the building.
What’s here now?
There are now two modern asphalt tennis courts, in two‑tone green, fully fenced in.
Why was it designed this way?
The original tennis courts were popular, despite their poor quality. Grass courts are very expensive to maintain and it’s difficult to keep a consistent bounce, so a modern asphalt surface was selected.
Tennis courts have been in St.James’ Park as far back as the 1930s, as shown on an Ordnance Survey map from 1933.
Using this Area
There is no booking system for the Tennis Courts: simply come along and wait your turn to play.
- In busy times, when other people are waiting to play, please limit your play to 30 minutes maximum;
- Do not ride bicycles, scooters, etc. in the Tennis Courts area;
- Do not sit on the tennis nets; it damages both the nets and net posts and reduces the usability of this facility.
If the 30‑minute limit in busy times is not kept, then a booking system might have to be imposed.