It isn’t hard to get a game of tennis in Subi – as a Club member, Club courts for hire, or free public courts.
Nicholson Road Reserve
At the casual end of the scale, the Nicholson Road Reserve on the corner of Nicholson and Rokeby Roads behind The Palms Centre has two hard courts available for free public use year-round with push button lighting and no booking requirements. First in best dressed.
Subiaco Primary kindly makes the two hard courts next to the oval available on the weekend for local residents. They double as basketball courts and work on a first in basis.
Address: 271 Bagot Rd, Subiaco
Onslow Park Tennis Club
The Onslow Park Tennis Club in Shenton Park is an old established Club with 240 members, offering a mix of social and competition played on grass and hard courts. Their Tennis Factory Coaching Program is well-known for coaching juniors beyond modified tennis, to national level, and teaching adults of all standards. Open from 7am to 11pm, the program offers drop-in coaching and drill sessions for adults who want to turn up when it suits them.
The Tennis Factory Coaching Program is run by Head Coach Matt Bull, recognised by Tennis Australia as a top coach nationally. For lessons, contact him directly via [email protected] or 6365 2909.
Daglish Tennis Club
In between these options is the unique Daglish Tennis Club. Heritage-listed as a place of community significance, this Club offers public court hire to non- members, and informal social tennis for members most days of the week. Court hire is available during daylight hours.
Friendly and relaxed, the Club offers a Clubroom, BBQ area and three grass courts set amongst trees and native plantings, and adjacent to a well-kept park with children’s play equipment.
Established 90 years ago, the Club has become a focal point of the neighbourhood, attracting members from across the whole Subiaco community. Wednesday night social BBQ’s are popular.
Tom Rowohlt, son of Jude and Jeff Rowohlt who have managed the Daglish Tennis Club for many years, has grown up playing tennis at ‘his backyard’ club. As a boy he was coached by Ross Gerrans, whose son Peter has taken over as Club Professional.
Now 31, Tom has captained the Men’s Open pennant team for 13 years including the team winning the pennant flag in three of the years. The Club has been, and still is, a social hub for Tom and his friends, who often run various social and charity tournaments, the proceeds being donated to Beyond Blue.
“When I was growing up, the tennis club was a hive of activity on Sunday afternoons with the locals coming together for social tennis. Fast forward 25 years, it’s nice that it continues to be available for use by the local community,” says Tom. “Playing competition and social tennis followed by barbecues has been part of our life. How lucky was I as a kid to be able to walk out of the back gate and have grass courts to play on and be with friends and neighbours! It’s such a great environment. I have been playing here for almost my whole life and now I look forward to my three-month old baby growing up around the Club too. I hope he will want to play tennis, but he has cricket blood in him too!”
Lords Recreation Centre
The only indoor courts, Lords Gym is a little more strict in its use, with pre-bookings required. With two hard courts available, the courts go for $33 an hour, with Lords members receiving a 15% discount. If you’re an avid player, you can pre-book a court for a regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly time, so you never have to miss out on your match.
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