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Europe’s finest under-14 tennis players will compete in Sheffield as part of Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre’s programme of events this summer.

Graves, in Norton, is the most visited tennis facility in Sheffield with more than 300,000 visitors per year and 300 adults and children coached every week.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray

Roger Federer and Andy Murray

The venue will now host the Tennis Europe junior tour for the first time from August 5 to 11. More than 450 of Britain’s top junior players will also compete in the Sheffield Junior Open at Graves on July 28 to August 3. Boys and girls will compete in a week-long singles event in age groups including under 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.

As well as this, the centre will also welcome the AEGON British tour which attracts men and women singles players from all over the country. Anna Fitzpatrick, who came through the coaching programme at Graves, won the last event in January and will be hoping to complete a double when the event comes to Sheffield on July 1 to 6.

Graves is also working with local and national schools to support the next generation of Andy Murrays and Laura Robsons.

The Sheffield Schools Finals were hosted by Graves, with the year three and four primary school competition as well as the secondary school final between King Edwards and Park Academy. The past few months have seen schools such as Nether Green, St Maries, Marlcliffe, Emmaus, Prince Edwards and St John Fisher, competing to qualify for the finals.

This summer will also see Graves host the AEGON Team Tennis National School Finals for the second time.

Katie Higson, Tennis Manager at Graves, said: “We are delighted to be hosting two big school tennis events. It will also be fantastic to welcome Tennis Europe to Sheffield in August. Roger Federer and Andy Murray competed on the Tennis Europe tour in their younger days.”

Coaching is open to beginners or experienced players. There are no membership fees.

One of the coaches is David Sherwood.