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Free sessions to promote tennis in Oxford

An initiative has been started by the Lawn Tennis Association to encourage more people to play the popular sport. The nationwide scheme includes ideas such as free weekend sessions for all skills and ages. Tennis is free at more than 39 locations including Oxford.

ITV Meridian reporter Richard Slee talks to John Golding from the Lawn Tennis Association about the success of the scheme.

Euro Beach Tennis competition comes to Brighton

Two men involved in game of beach tennis on Brighton sands Credit: Fast Track

The European Beach Tennis Championships will be held in Britain for the first time this summer, on Brighton seafront.

20 countries will take part in the beach event and the nominations have attracted some of the best players in the sport.

The championships will see the men's joint world number one players, Alessandro Calbucci and Marco Garavini and the third and fourth ranked Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carliflour from Italy.

Players practising playing beach tennis on Brighton seafront Credit: Fast Track

Teams and selections have also been made for Great Britain, who have entered nine teams - three in men's, women's and mixed events.


Portsmouth's £1.3m tennis boost

Tennis enthusiasts in Portsmouth will benefit from £1.33m funding which will pay for a new tennis centre.

The money was awarded by the sport's governing body, the Lawn Tennis Association, and Portsmouth was one of eight areas nationally to receive the LTA funding.

Portsmouth City Council have provided £332,824 towards the new tennis centre which is set to open in November 2013.

The new centre is set to be built next to the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, where the owners Parkwood Leisure will also manage the new facility.

£834,387 of the LTA's funding will be allocated to the new tennis centre which will include four indoor and outdoor courts. The additional £500,000 will pay for improvements and increased provision of tennis coaching to five other sites.


Team GB's Paralympic hopes

Over the past year Meridian Tonight has been profiling athletes who will be going for gold in the Paralympic Games. As the South prepares for the opening celebrations Penny Silvester reports on Team GB's medal prospects.

Penny Silvester spoke to Tom Aggar Paralympic rower, Lucy Shuker Paralympic wheelchair tennis player, Barry Bowden GB's boccia coach and cos Lily Van Den Broeke.

Oxfam will pocket £100k bet if Federer wins again

Roger Federer Credit: PA

An Oxford gambler who spotted the Wimbledon-winning potential of Roger Federer nine years ago and staked a hefty bet on him winning the tournament seven times could help a charity even after his death.

Nick Newlife passed away before being able to see his wager, which could generate £100,000 of winnings, come to fruition.

But kind-hearted Nick left the William Hill bet in his will to Oxfam.

The charity can claim the winnings if Federer gets the additional Wimbledon title

this year, or any year up to 2019.