Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club
Greg Rusedski, former UK No.1 and World No.4 player visited Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club (formerly Downend & Fishponds LTC) on Sunday, 14 June to celebrate the opening of its new home and facilities at Frenchay Cricket Club.
The club has recently relocated with four brand new floodlit courts, as well as access to Frenchay Cricket Club facilities.
Greg’s visit coincided with the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) Great British Tennis Weekend, where families could come along and have a hit with Greg and play tennis for free. Besides the chance to meet and have a “selfie” with Greg, tennis fans of all ages and abilities took advantage of the good weather to enjoy some fun and games on the tennis courts.
Head Coach Pete Caseley, said: “Greg was brilliant. The moment he arrived he was straight on court to coach the kids. He was more than happy to pose for photos and sign autographs too. We were very lucky to have him. He is a true ambassador for the sport. I think everybody here was inspired and even the coaches picked up a few tips! We can’t wait to have him back – hopefully he’ll make a return visit next year.”
Julie Jones, Regional Tennis Participating Manager for the South West LTA, said: “We hope today would have inspired people of all ages and abilities to pick up a racket and play tennis. We hope the local community will make the most of the affordable tennis offers that the club is offering over the summer months.”
Other invited guests included Jack Lopresti MP for Filton & Bradley Stoke and Angela Haymonds, Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) Secretary who said: “The CETB Trustees are pleased to have contributed to this project, which will enable the club to broaden its coaching efforts, build closer connections with schools and attract new members of all ages from the local community.”