Ace event to encourage the next Andy Murray

Edward Bewes, seven, takes a swing at the ball as Benedek Dilks, five, looks on.  Picture: OX68200 Simon Williams

Edward Bewes, seven, takes a swing at the ball as Benedek Dilks, five, looks on. Picture: OX68200 Simon Williams Buy this photo

First published in News Bicester Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Headington and Marston. Call me on (01865) 425411

WHILE millions of people will be watching to see if Andy Murray can repeat his Wimbledon success, tennis clubs in Oxfordshire are hoping to show the benefits of the sport.

Free games, classes and coaching will take place on courts across this weekend as part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) Great British Tennis Weekend.

David Reeve, Oxfordshire’s tennis participation manager for the LTA, said: “The idea is to demonstrate to people how tennis is accessible and give them the chance to play whatever their ability or standard.

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David Reeve

“Our big mission statement is to get more people playing, more often.

“It is a great sport and great fun. The campaign is an idea to demonstrate it can be easier to pick up than people think.”.

Mr Reeve said he hoped the events would dispel misconceptions of tennis being an expensive, middle-class sport.

He said: “I don’t think it is a middle-class sport and it is affordable to play.

“People feel it’s expensive but club memberships are not that high, it’s very good value and lots of clubs are offering promotions.”

The events this weekend will take place as world-class players are battling it out on courts at Wimbledon.

It is hoped watching stars like Andy Murray at the tournament will motivate people to take up the game.

Mr Reeve said: “People like Andy Murray and Tim Henman will inspire people to play.

“There’s Wimbledon on the television at the moment and if people look at those guys and see they what can achieve then they want to have a go.

“People will find that they enjoy it and if they have an ability for it then there are plenty of competitive opportunities.”

Where you can get involved

Tomorrow

  •  David Lloyd Club, Oxford
  • White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Abingdon
  • Banbury West End Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
  • Chipping Norton Leisure Centre
  • Colston Lawn Tennis Club, Broadwell
  • Letcombe Tennis Club, Letcombe Regis
  • Thame Tennis Club

SUNDAY

  • David Lloyd Club, Oxford
  • White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Abingdon
  • Oxford Sports Lawn Tennis Club, North Hinksey village
  • Abingdon Lawn Tennis Club
  • Appleton with Eaton Tennis Club, Appleton
  • Bicester Lawn Tennis Club
  • Cholsey Tennis Club
  • Cropredy Tennis Club
  • Kings Sutton Tennis Club
  • North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club, Oxford
  • Portcullis Tennis Club, Wallingford
  • Wantage Lawn Tennis Club
  • Witney Lawn Tennis Club
  • Woodstock Bowls and Tennis Club
  • Wychwoods Tennis Club, Shipton-under-Wychwood

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