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Tennis ace to serve up a treat at Barnt Green club open day

Posted on March 16 2012 at 5:06:26

Former British tennis number one Greg Rusedski is to visit Barnt Green Sports Club to officially open their three new artificial clay tennis courts.

Greg is a former US Open finalist, and BBC Sports Personality of The Year. He was the World Number Four in 1997, and spent a total of 98 weeks as Britain’s No. 1 player.

At the Open Day on Saturday 28th Apri, Greg will be setting up some tennis drills for the juniors, and there will be a competition to try and return one of the booming serves for which Greg is famous.

Barnt Green Sports Club has recently converted three existing tennis courts to ‘artificial clay’. Its rapid drainage properties allow play to continue during all conditions. The club has also installed new floodlights on all five outdoor courts.

The tennis redevelopments have cost a total of £170,000. They have been made possible thanks to a £62,000 grant from Sport England as part of their ‘Places to Play’ strategy,  an interest free loan from the Lawn Tennis Association and an investment of £42,000 of the Club’s own funds.

Martin Edwards, Tennis Club Chairman says, “The new courts and lights are a fantastic development for the club as they enable members to play tennis throughout the winter months and into the evenings.”

The upgraded tennis courts complete the club’s refurbishment programme, with improvements to the badminton hall, squash courts and lounge area. Nick Butcher, Club Manager says “We now think we have the best facilities for tennis, squash and badminton in the county.”

To kick off the new season, Barnt Green Sports Club are holding an Open Day on Saturday the 28th April and would like to encourage anyone with an interest in playing tennis, badminton or squash competitively, or just for fun, to come along and see the new facilities. All ages and standards will be welcome.

The Open Day will kick off at 10am when Greg will officially open the new courts. In addition to the chance to meet Greg Rusedski, and perhaps face his serve, there will be an opportunity to measure the speed of your serve.

Visitors will be encouraged to take to the courts playing with existing members and getting tips from the clubs coaches. Refreshments will be available throughout the day at the club-house. In the afternoon there will be a chance to play social tennis, with members and visitors paired together, to create a fun finish to the day.

There will be trial memberships, and special membership rates for anyone joining the club on the day.


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