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Olympics spark renewed interest in sport

Ipswich tennis player Elena Baltacha is promoting tennis as a sport that youngsters can get involved in. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images

When London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games it came with a pledge to inspire a new generation of sports stars. Since the heroics of Lewis Smith and the rest of the British gymnastics team one gym club in Peterborough's already reporting a rise in interest from new members.

Other sports are benefitting too and tennis is active in recruiting new young players keen to take up the sport. Click here if you want more details of how to get involved.

Suffolk tennis player pulls out of tournament

Elena Baltacha Credit: AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

Elena Baltacha has been forced to pull out of her second qualifying round match against Laura Robson at the AEGON International after suffering a neck injury.

Baltacha is optimistic about making a swift recovery and is still hoping to play doubles alongside Fed Cup team-mate Anne Keothavong.

Elena said:

“I'm very disappointed because I was really looking forward to playing Laura. My neck was really sore during practice earlier today and the even though the WTA physios worked hard to try to get me ready to play, in the end I had no choice but to pull out of the match."

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