Tennis: Open day proves to be a smash hit

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Anyone for tennis? Well, as it turns out quite a lot of people actually!

Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club’s open day last Sunday attracted almost a 100 junior players as the club launched its re-branded academy.

Coaching the stars of tomorrow at Hallamshire

Coaching the stars of tomorrow at Hallamshire

Youngsters from the age three were given coaching by the club’s staff in the basics of the sport.

And with the sport’s grass-court season now in full swing with tournaments in London for the men and Birmingham for women ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on June 24, it was the perfect time to see what the next generation of players had to offer.

The launch of the academy was part of a wider open day at the Ecclesall Road club.

Hallamshire coach David Marray, older brother of Wimbledon doubles champion Jonny, said: “The club open day was a lot of fun and a great way to launch our tennis academy.

“We had a lot of kids here and adults of all ages and standards.

“Everyone had a great time and hopefully we’ll see people back down here again regardless of their standard.”

Activities took place throughout the day with mini tennis clinics from the age of three to nine and specific ‘tennis-fit’ sessions for juniors and adults.

Meanwhile this weekend represents another opportunity when players young and old can try their hand at tennis for free.

The Lawn Tennis Association’s Mini Tennis week ends on Sunday. But two clubs in the South Yorkshire area still have activities scheduled.

Moorgate Tennis Club in Rotherham are running a session tomorrow morning from 9-11am for junior players and families. Visit moorgatetennis.co.uk

In Sheffield, Graves Tennis Centre is running a session from 11am-2pm for mini tennis and juniors through to adults and families. Visit gravestennisleisure.co.uk

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