Dave Marray’s tennis column: Jonny Marray makes positive start in US Open build-up

Jonny Marray and Aisam Qureshi
Jonny Marray and Aisam Qureshi
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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray has made a very positive start to his build up to the US Open, at the end of August, with a win at the ATP 250 event in Newport, Rhode Island alongside Pakistani player Aisam Qureshi.

The win puts Jonny back into the world’s top 50 and is a great springboard for the remainder of the US hard court season, which culminates in the last Grand Slam event of the year.

Jonny continues his build up with another ATP 250 tournament in Atlanta, Georgia where he will play with Rendy Lu of Taipei.

Jonny and Rendy have good history having won the first tournament of 2015 in Chennai, India and the boys are due to play American legends Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick in the first round. Follow all the latest news at www.theacademy.tennis.

Great British Tennis Weekend will see courts across Sheffield serve up free tennis for families and friends on Saturday, August 1, between 11am and 2pm.

People right across Sheffield will be trying tennis for free in a relaxed and fun environment and can take part in sessions including Family Time, Highland Spring Mini Tennis and tennis coaching – all completely free as part of the LTA and Tennis Foundation’s drive to get more people playing more often. Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre will be providing rackets and balls, so if you’ve never picked up a racket or just haven’t played for a while, Great British Tennis Weekend is the perfect way to get involved.

Following a fantastic few weeks for British Tennis with Wimbledon and a heroic British performance in the Davis Cup, this weekend sees the final round of this year’s Great British Tennis Weekend events.

If you have been inspired by the tennis on TV then why not try it yourself at one of the parks or clubs in Sheffield who will be opening their doors for some free tennis.

The brand new courts at High Hazel’s park in Darnall will also be throwing their doors open for people to come down and try out the new facilities, and will be running from 1pm to 4pm.

Alastair Ford, sports manager at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, said: “We are really excited that the Great British Tennis Weekend is hitting Sheffield this summer. With so many park sites and clubs right across South Yorkshire running their own Great British Tennis Weekend there really is something for everyone.

“I hope families take the opportunity to take part in these fantastic events and ready themselves for what is set to be Sheffield’s biggest ever summer of tennis, as we get behind Andy Murray and the British tennis stars.”

Reserve your free place at www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/GravesTennisLeisureCentre

To try tennis for free at a venue near you, visit www.LTA.org.uk/gbtw.