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2018
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Where on earth are Great Britain’s tennis courts?

As we head in to day 10 of Wimbledon, it is hard to imagine tennis courts exist anywhere but London! To celebrate the sport as well as our OS Greenspace anniversary (see here for B2B), we thought we’d explore which counties house the most courts.

As you may have guessed, Greater London has the highest density of places to play tennis. In total, there are 1000 locations you can pick up a racket in the whole of Greater London – so quite a few! The entirety of these add up to approximately 1.870 km2. To give you some perspective, the total area of grass on each of centre and No.1 courts is 41m x 22m or 0.000902 km2 (if you’d like more facts like this, have a look at their page on grass courts).

Although there is a significant disparity between Greater London and all other named counties, a significant amount of the top 20 counties surround London. Surrey is at 2 with 270 places to play while Essex is at 4, Kent at 5, Hertfordshire at 6, Berkshire at 17 and Buckinghamshire at 19! For our full list please see below.

Rank County Count
1 Greater London 1000
2 Surrey 270
3 Hampshire 231
4 Essex 223
5 Kent 221
6 Hertfordshire 218
7 Greater Manchester 180
8 Somerset 172
9 West Midlands 170
10 Devon 162
11 West Yorkshire 158
12 North Yorkshire 150
13 Oxfordshire 137
14 Lincolnshire 134
15 West Sussex 131
16 Cambridgeshire 129
17 Berkshire 126
18 East Sussex 122
19 Buckinghamshire 120
20 Lancashire 119
21 Gloucestershire 116
22 Suffolk 113
23 Norfolk 111
24 Leicestershire 103
25 Wiltshire 102
26 Cheshire 94
27 Merseyside 92
28 Staffordshire 90
29 Dorset 90
30 Derbyshire 81
31 Worcestershire 81
32 Nottinghamshire 80
33 Warwickshire 79
34 South Yorkshire 76
35 East Riding of Yorkshire 75
36 Shropshire 75
37 Tyne & Wear 74
38 Northamptonshire 74
39 Bedfordshire 66
40 Cumbria 65
41 Cornwall 56
42 Durham 44
43 Bristol 43
44 City of Edinburgh 42
45 Aberdeenshire 38
46 Glasgow City 34
47 Northumberland 34
48 Sir Gaerfyrddin – Carmarthenshire 33
49 Powys – Powys 31
50 Abertawe – Swansea 29

Data provided by OS Greenspace Open Data.

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