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Greg Rusedski in Nottingham to teach tennis hopefuls

Greg Rusedski at the Nottingham Masters 2009 - Day One - Nottingham Tennis Centre Credit: PA

The former British Tennis number one Greg Rusedski is in Nottingham today to encourage more people to take up the sport.

He'll be joining hundreds of people in the city's Old Market Square as part of the free event organised by the Lawn Tennis Association.

It's ahead of the Aegon Open in Nottingham, where international tennis stars will descend on the city for the tournament from June 6th.


Stars recreate famous Athena poster as dress goes under the hammer

With news that the famous white tennis dress worn in the Athena tennis posters from the 1970s is going under the hammer, we've been looking at the famous faces who've recreated the image.

Amanda Holden recreates the famous Athena photo ahead of Wimbledon 2014 Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Most recently, Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden paid homage to the famous photograph that was taken in Birmingham in the 1970s.

Lot to be auctioned on Womens' Finals Day in July Credit: Fieldings Auctioneers

The famous lot of the print, the white tennis dress and the racquet that featured in the photograph will be auctioned in Stourbridge on 5th July.

Famous tennis girl poster dress to be auctioned

The white tennis dress made famous in the iconic Tennis Girl poster of the 1970s is going to be auctioned off in the West Midlands next month.

Fieldings Auctioneers will sell off the famous dress, racquet and photographs on 5th July Credit: Fieldings Auctioneers

The dress is handmade with lace trim and was made famous in the photograph taken on a Birmingham University tennis court in 1976.

The photograph was taken by the late Martin Elliott and featured his then-girlfriend Fiona Butler from Worcestershire.

Fiona Walker, the woman in the famous Athena poster poses with an original copy at Christie's in London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The photograph sold more than two million copies worldwide.

The dress, tennis racquet and two posters will go under the hammer at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge on Wimbledon Ladies' Finals day - Saturday 5th July.

Athena tennis picture dress up for auction in Midlands

A dress from the world famous Athena tennis picture in up for auction in the Midlands.

The shot, which was taken at the University of Birmingham in 1976, sold two million copies worldwide.

The dress and racquet up for auction Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

The dress, along with the racquet and two posters, are expected to fetch between £1,000 and £2,000. The sale will be held on the same day as the Wimbledon ladies' final.

The dress and racquet is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £2,000 at auction Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)


Aegon Classics gets underway at Edgbaston Priory

Last year's final was the first on the new centre court Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Aegon Classic tennis tournament gets underway at the Edgbaston Priory Club today, featuring five of the top 20 ranked women in the world.

World number 7, Jelena Jankovic tops the list, along with fellow Serb star Ana Ivanovic, and a host of other big names from around the world.

Jelena Jankovic in action Credit: Daniel Maurer/DPA/Press Association Images

The tournament is one of the main warm up competitions for the Wimbledon Championships. Daniela Hantuchova won last year's singles tournament.

It runs until 15 June, when there will be a charity exhibition match - 'Rally for Bally', to raise money for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, after former British number 1, Elena Baltacha, died from cancer last month.

Martina Navratilova, Anne Keothavong, Jamie Murray and Tim Henman will take part in the charity contest.

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