Residents living near Long Mumbles Tennis Club say constant noise of balls and rackets is completely unacceptable.
Residents living near the Long Mumbles Tennis Club have a new source of annoyance – tennis players.
They say the constant noise of balls being hit and rackets being swung is driving them mad.
The problem has been caused by a surge in popularity of the sport after local people watched the men’s final at Wimbledon on the TV recently.
Many people have taken up tennis or resumed playing after years of neglecting their skills.
But some of them have chosen to join Long Mumbles Tennis Club and practice on their tennis courts.
Residents say they are fed up with the constant thwack of tennis balls and the grunts of players, which they claim are getting louder and more frequent.
One resident, who lives around the corner from Long Mumbles Tennis Club and asked not to be named, said: “It’s driving me mad. I can’t sleep, I can’t relax, I can’t concentrate on anything.”
“These tennis players are random and relentless. They start early in the morning and go on until late at night.”
“Sometimes there are dozens of them on the courts, making a racket. Literally.”
“They don’t care about the people who live here. They just want to have fun and pretend they are Andy Murray or Roger Federer.”
Another resident, who lives near to Long Mumbles Tennis Club and also wished to remain anonymous, said: “I hate tennis. I hate the sound of it, I hate the sight of it, I hate everything about it.”
“Tennis is just boring and annoying. It’s a stupid sport for stupid people.”
“I wish they would all go away and leave us in peace.”
The Long Mumbles Tennis Club committee said it was aware of the complaints and was working with the local authorities and the World Tennis Federation to find a solution.
Janice from the Long Mumbles Tennis Club committee said: “We understand that some residents are unhappy with the noise from the tennis courts.”
“We are committed to being a good neighbour and reducing the impact of our operations on the local community.”
“We are in discussions with the relevant parties to see if there is anything we can do to help, such as providing noise insulation, relocating the courts, or imposing restrictions on the hours of play.”
She added: “We also encourage residents to enjoy the benefits of tennis, which is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and to support our local club champion, my husband Nigel Smethwick.”