Where can you go to work on your game?
Tennis is thought to have originated from an indoor game played by French monks in the 11th or 12th century. At that time, and well afterward, the sport (then known as “jeu de paume”, which means “game of the palm”) was more like handball than modern-day tennis. When playing bare-handed became too uncomfortable, the monks began using either gloves or paddles.
The game soon became known outside monastery walls, and by the 13th century, some accounts state, there were more than 1,800 tennis courts throughout France. The game’s popularity spread to England, and began to bear a closer similarity to the game we know today. In the 19th century, tennis became a worldwide sport.
In 1893, the Czech Lawn Tennis Club was founded; it is still going strong. This is a place with no lack of courts – it has 16 outdoor courts and 10 indoor courts. Becoming a member of the club carries multiple. Among these are access to all the outdoor courts and two indoor courts in summer; receiving email reports of club activities; a subscription to the club’s magazine; social events, including a Christmas party; a 5% to 10% discount off court reservations in winter; guest discounts; and tennis lessons, including a tennis school for children. The premises are in Prague 7. The website is in Czech and English.
In Prague 6, Tennis Courts SK Hradčany offer four courts in summer and three in winter. No membership is necessary; simply book the court by phone or by email. The company organizes corporate events, as well as sports camps for children. The website is in Czech and English.
TC Tempo has two locations, one in Modřany and one in Lhotka (both in Prague 4). The Lhotka location has four indoor courts. The Modřany location has two outdoor courts, which are enclosed during the winter. Lessons are available for players of all ages, and corporate events can be held here. Tennis camps for children ages 4 through 15 are held every summer. Court reservations are made by phone or email. The website is in Czech and English.
Tenisový klub Hostýnská is convenient for those living in Prague 10. It offers four clay courts and three coaches. Members of the club receive a discount on court reservations. Group lessons and tennis camps are available. The website is in English, Czech, and German.
Tenis Centrum Lužiny has three indoor and one outdoor court; the outdoor court is enclosed during the winter months. Racquet stringing, corporate events, lessons for children and adults, and racquet rental are all provided. The website is in Czech, Slovak, and English.
TK Sparta Praha has been going since 1905, and it is one of the top tennis clubs in the country. Located in Stromovka, it has 12 clay courts, courses for children, corporate events, and a tennis academy. Members use the gym for free, receive a discount on racquet stringing, and play one hour of tennis for free in the summer. The website is in Czech and English.