Graffam Tennis Club showcases stars of the future

Young tennis stars ready to play the mixed doubles tournament as part of Graffham Tennis Club's Annual Tennis Week. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Young tennis stars ready to play the mixed doubles tournament as part of Graffham Tennis Club's Annual Tennis Week. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
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PERHAPS influenced by Britain’s success at Wimbledon 2013, Graffham Tennis Club saw scores of youngsters from across the area take part in its seventh annual tennis week.

The week included seven days of coaching, with tournaments and matches against other clubs involving players of all ages.

A new event this year was the under-16 mixed doubles tournament which was extremely well supported by parents and members of the community, who came along to cheer on the players.

More than 150 people got involved by showing off their sporting prowess or cheering on from the sidelines.

Chris Major from Graffham Tennis Club helped run the event. He said: “Children have the opportunity to go outside, be active and play a bit of sport while having fun.

“We had four courts for the different games specially set up for the week. The highlight was definitely the junior mixed doubles where the level of talent was just superb.”

The event also incorporated other sporting disciplines for those aiming for variety. Everyone who got involved had the chance to join in games of rounders, cricket and stoolball.

Tennis week is always held at the start of the school holidays, giving youngsters the chance to bat away the stress of exams and homework.

Mr Major added: “The standard this year was absolutely exceptional.

“It was a really great bit of fun – we played teams from the surrounding villages throughout the week, including matches against Tillington and Midhurst.

“In a small village like Graffham, an event of 
this kind is as much a community event as it is a sporting one.”

Perhaps this has inspired another Andy Murray or Venus Williams in the making...