UK resident and have just took up the game. Last played many many moons ago.
I must admit, the reason to play was because the awful weather in the UK is stopping me from playing Golf.
But I have started to really enjoy the time on the courts. And have now joined a group that plays every Wed and Thurs. A big plus is that it's a great workout and exercise.
Currently bought myself a Yonex Nanospeed 100 as a starter but I can see me upgrading to the premium rackets once I start seeing improvements.