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Clay Courts in Singapore

I finally got a chance to visit Singapore’s only public clay tennis courts located at Alexandra Park last week to catch some of the Regentville tennis players compete in the Grayling Mixed doubles invitational 2008 tournament. I had previously heard much about the coveted clay tennis courts in Singapore, but never really had a chance to actually find out where these clay courts in Singapore were located. I only got to know there were actually clay courts in Singapore about two years ago from some of my expat friends who were based here in Singapore. I also had conflicting views of how to get there. Last week, I finally had an excuse to visit the clay courts at Alexandra park to see for myself what was it like and how do you actually get there. If you go online, there are almost no references about clay tennis courts in Singapore and instructions to get there. I have decided to write an article to provide more information about Singapore’s one and only public clay tennis courts, its exact location and how you can actually find your way there by public transport.

Directions on how to get to the Singapore Clay Courts from Queensway shopping center.

In my opinion, the reason why Singapore’s one and only public clay tennis courts remains pretty much an unknown entity is mainly due to its “hidden” location. Those who know about it would have heard it by word of mouth through friends like myself. The public clay courts at Alexandra Park are not easily accessible or located on any major roads or landmarks in Singapore. Its situated deep inside a wooded residential part of Singapore which houses one of the very few remaining British colonial bungalows.

Unlike Yio Chu Kang tennis center, which sits directly opposite the Yio Chu Kang MRT station or Kallang Tennis Center that has been around for ages and is located at the intersection of Geylang and Nicoll Highway. The clay tennis courts in Singapore is situated in place where it’s not easily seen or accessible by the public. It is more easier to get there by taxi or car, but it is still possible to walk from the main road - Alexandra Road.

Where landmarks are concerned, the Singapore clay courts are located very close to Queensway Shopping Center, Alexandra Hospital and IKEA Alexandra. To walk from clay tennis courts to Queensway shopping center for example will take you around 15 to 20 minutes. The total distance would be around 2km or so. Refer to map above to see distances in relation to familiar “landmarks” around that area. I hope that map below will give you clear directions how to get to the Singapore clay courts at Alexandra park.

For more detail instructions on how to get to the clay courts you can also refer to this map here. The address, fees and contact numbers for the Singapore clay courts are found below:

Address:
10A Winchester Road

Alexandra Park
Singapore 117784

Operating Hours: 7am to 7pm (not sure if its later now with added flood lights)
Court Booking Fee: $15/Hr
Contact: 96362007, 81779351

And you can find out more about the Singapore Tennis Clay Courts at their website. There are a total of 4 tennis courts. 3 red clay and one looks like a greenish Har-Tru surface or "American" clay. From what I understand, they have just recently installed flood lights for play during the night. So you can now play clay court tennis at night as well. The clay courts in Singapore is run by an ex Canadian pro Art Hobbs who also played Davis Cup for Singapore in 1993 with an impressive 5-1 Davis cup record. I knew Art from my Kallang Tennis Center days with the Puma Tennis Coaching program back in the late 80s. More information about Art Hobbs can be found here. Art Hobbs Bio. Besides, Art there are also 4 resident tennis coaches at the Singapore tennis clay courts. You can give Art a call to organize tennis coaching and tennis clinics as well. More information about coaching and clay court tennis lessons in Singapore can be found here.

Graylings Annual Invitation.

The clay court at Alexandra park also holds an annual mixed doubles clay court tennis event in Singapore which has been running since 2003, called the Grayling Mix Double’s Tennis Invitational.

Sponsored by Grayling a PR and events management company. This event celebrated its 5th anniversary last week. It’s great to see competitive tennis played on clay courts in Singapore.

Most of tennis courts found here in Singapore are mainly hard courts, we have a few lawn courts in private clubs and some synthetic grass courts. To play tennis on a clay court surface here in Singapore, is indeed a great experience for somebody who hasn’t played on this surface before. I certainly have not, but after visiting the Singapore clay courts I wouldn’t mind giving it a try the next time I am there.

If you want to get a taste of clay court tennis in Singapore, I strongly recommend you check out the clay courts at Alexandra park. Remember it's hidden amongst old British Bungalows and a lush forested area. Use the map above to find your way there. For the distance, I think it’s worthwhile to be able to get a taste of clay court tennis here in Singapore. (Pictured right Didi & Eri representing the Regentville Tennis Team). (Above Top - Yoshi).

Photos of Grayling Mixed Doubles Tennis Invitational 2008.

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