Start Competing in Tennis

Playing tennis competitively can be a fun way to test your skills on the court. Here you can find a step by step guide to help you start. There are a number of options to get involved in tennis competition from ladders at a tennis venue to tournaments run by British Tennis.

1. Sign up to British Tennis Membership and get a rating

Before you can compete in tennis competitions run by British Tennis you will need to sign up for British Tennis Membership (BTM) and be allocated a rating. Only those players with a BTM number and rating can compete in competitions run by British Tennis.

To find out if you already have a BTM or rating, email

Sign up for British Tennis Membership here.

2. Choose the right tennis competition

Read our guide that explains the different levels of competition and help you work out what’s appropriate for you.

3. Find and enter a tennis competition

Find the right competition to compete in. Once you find the right competition you can enter it from the search tool.