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University serves up largest tennis facility in Reading

Young tennis players make a racket trying out the new courts Credit: ITV

The University of Reading is now home to the largest tennis facility in the area, with courts suitable for playing all year round.

The new state-of-the-art TennisPark complex cost £850,000 and opens at the Whiteknights campus today.

The project was co-funded by the Lawn Tennis Association, who helped fit the courts to a professional standard.

It boasts five outdoor courts, which have all been resurfaced and fitted with floodlights and insulated domed courts that will be heated during the winter.

Coaching and memberships are available to staff and students, as well as to members of the public, who are also invited to enjoy the facility.

We are delighted to be able to support the University of Reading with the development of the TennisPark. There's already an extensive community coaching programme, good links with the local tennis club and an extensive student tennis programme. Investing in the facilities at the University ensures this programme will develop further.

– John Golding – Lawn Tennis Association

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Champion synchronised swimmers prove age is just a number

A pair of synchronised swimmers have defied the odds and the march of time, by winning bronze medals in the World Masters Championships, at the ages of 58 and 59.

Andrea Holland and Carolyn MacDonald last performed togther back in 1979 when they were ranked in the top four in the World.

They originally came out of retirement when Andrea wanted to raise money for cancer research, but the pair haven't looked back since.

Cary Johnston has been to the Swimarium in Bracknell to see them in training.

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