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New balls please: Pupils get tennis tips from the Murrays

As this year's Wimbledon tennis championship gets underway, pupils at a school in Wandsworth, have been getting some special coaching from Jamie and Judy Murray.

The children practiced their tennis skills under the direction of the Murrays. Credit: ITV News

Judy, who coached both of her champion sons Andy and Jamie early in their careers, actively encouraged the children as they practiced their skills during the masterclass on Court 20 at Wimbledon.

The nine and ten year-olds from St Michaels school were given various tips from the pair, including racket and ball control, and took part in tennis drills and short games.

Two of the children practicing hitting the ball over the net with their guest coaches Credit: ITV News

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Djokovic to open title defence as Wimbledon begins

Novak Djokovic is looking for a fourth Wimbledon title. Credit: PA

Wimbledon begins on Monday, with last year's champion Novak Djokovic opening his title defence against Britain's James Ward.

The top seed will play on Centre Court, while seven-time champion Roger Federer is also in action on the opening day.

Britain's Andy Murray, the 2013 champion, begins his campaign on Tuesday.

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Laura Robson gets Wimbledon wild card

Laura Robson. Credit: PA

Britain's Laura Robson has been given a wild card to play in the main draw at Wimbledon later this month.

Robson reached the last 16 at the All England Club in 2013 but her career has since been ravaged by a recurring wrist injury.

Ranked 308th in the world, she has shown glimpses of a return to form in recent weeks but is still struggling for consistency, her best win this year coming against world number 117 Klara Koukalova.

The 22-year-old has been using her protected ranking, a privilege extended to players coming back from long-term injuries, to enter major tournaments but after Wimbledon she will have to qualify by right.

Fellow Britons Tara Moore and Katie Swan, the promising 17-year-old, have also been given Wimbledon wild cards along with Liam Broady, James Ward and Alex Ward in the men's singles.

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