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The Festival of Tennis

Last weekend was the culmination of this year’s Save the Children community tennis activities – The Festival of Tennis.  It was a fantastic day at the National Tennis Centre Roehampton which celebrated both tennis and fundraising and included the finals of the National Save the Children Tennis Cup.

The day started with the boys and girls doubles events which were followed in the afternoon by the adult ladies and mixed doubles.  While play was going on there were other tennis related activites on offer for the festival guests to enjoy including cardio tennis, Wii tennis and even an inflatable tennis experience! Click here to see some pictures.      

In the morning Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray and Jamie Murray, made a guest appearance and spoke to players and spectators about being a tennis mum and how to steer children through their sporting careers. She treated the audience to some lovely insights about the boys as they were growing up and happily answered lots of audience questions.  She had travelled down from Scotland to make the appearance and it was fantastic to have her there.     

When play had ended the Save the Children Tennis Cup trophies were presented by Alex Bogdanovich who also gamely answered questions from the audience, this time about life as a professional tennis player. The only one he seemed to stumble on was who was the most attractive female tennis player?!

At the end of the festival everyone went away with a Save the Children tennis Goody Bag to round off the day.

It was an absolutely fantastic day and now all that’s left to do is to start planning events for Save the Children Tennis 2010. We have lots of fabulous new tennis volunteers coming on board and I just know it’s going to be another great year for using tennis to help save children’s lives.

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