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Davis Cup stars impressed by young Carlisle players

Chatsworth Tennis Club in Carlisle welcomed ex-Davis Cup players today for a series of special coaching sessions - and they were impressed by the local talent.

The aim was to help raise money for the club's flood survival fund, after it was badly damaged by Storm Desmond. Lori Carnochan reports:


Chatsworth tennis club welcomes Davis Cup stars

Youngsters being put through their paces Credit: ITV Border

Chatsworth Tennis Club in Carlisle welcomed former David Cup stars today, in a fundraiser for the flood survival fund.

"We really were badly hit by the flooding in 2015.

"Whilst we are ticking over, insurance and things like that are very difficult to get off the back of the flood so that's been very difficult and obviously we need to look at safeguarding the future of the club."

– Colin Dunbar, Head Coach
Chatsworth Tennis Club Credit: ITV Border

Players of all ages took part, with the juniors kicking things off in the morning.

They were coached by the likes of Danny Sapsford, who represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup for five years.

"I am actually really impressed. I've visited probably about 150 clubs over the past two or three years and in all honesty the kids here are some of the best i've seen so you're clearly doing something right."

– Danny Sapsford
Danny Sapsford Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of the event say they'd love to see more people give tennis a go and would like to welcome everyone to the club.

Davis Cup visits the Borders

Credit: Tennis Scotland

The Davis Cup will be in the Scottish Borders today as part of a national tour.

The famous tennis trophy will be on display at the Borders Tennis Centre in Galashiels from 10am, where members of the public will have a chance to have their picture taken with it.

Only 50 tennis clubs across the UK were chosen for the tour, and it's hoped that young tennis players in the Borders will be inspired by Team GB's historic triumph in the tournament.


Judy Murray tennis roadshow visits the Borders

Judy Murray visits the Borders with her tennis roadshow Credit: PA

Four days after Britain's Davis Cup success, Judy Murray is visiting the Scottish Borders with her tennis roadshow.

Judy, whose sons Andy and Jamie led Britain to the first Davis Cup semi-final since 1981, will hold coaching sessions at the Borders Tennis Centre in Galashiels, on Thursday.

Then on Friday, she will be running sessions at Peebles Tennis Club.

Former Wimbledon Champ's mum visiting the Borders

Judy Murray Credit: Press Association

Judy Murray, the mum of 2013 Wimbledon Champion Andy, is bringing her tennis roadshow to the Scottish Borders.

She'll be in Peebles next Thursday then Galashiels the day after to deliver the Tennis on the Road programme - a scheme aimed at giving parents, coaches, teachers and volunteers the tools needed to get children active and ready to play tennis.

The roadshow is visiting the Borders Tennis Centre and Peebles Tennis Club serving up action packed days for local residents. In a series of individual sessions across the two days, local children will experience some of the games that Judy played with her sons Andy and Jamie when they were younger.

'Ace' event for Carlisle families

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Local families are being invited along to an ‘ace’ event at Bitts Park tennis courts this Saturday (18 July), between 1pm and 4pm.

Carlisle City Council and social enterprise charity GLL have lined up a packed programme of tennis activities for all the family to enjoy.

The free event is open to all abilities and ages. Activities will include:

  • · Drop in tennis
  • · Parent and child tennis
  • · Adult and junior tennis coaching
  • · Cardio tennis
  • · Mini tennis coaching tasters
  • · Tots tennis tasters
  • · Social doubles
  • · Ball machine and fastest serve
  • · Wheelchair tennis.

“The Carlisle family tennis day is an opportunity to test out your tennis skills and maybe get some hints on how to improve your game. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve played before or are a complete beginner, we want local residents to come down and have a go. There will be something for all the family to enjoy.”

– Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure & Young People

Judy Murray teaches tennis in Dumfries and Galloway

Judy Murray with local residents in Dumfries and Galloway Credit: Tennis on the Road

Judy Murray, mum of former Wimbeldon Champion Andy, brought her Tennis on the Road programme back to Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday.

The tennis coach put on a number of sessions for local residents and helped in the grand opening of the Stewartry Community Sports Club.

Her Tennis on the Road programme shows parents, teachers, volunteers and sports development teams how to deliver fun tennis, coordination and competition sessions to children and adults.

Many of the games and skill-builders are based on those that Judy played with her tennis star sons Andy and Jamie when they were young.

“Tennis on the Road is about helping to inspire, support and grow our workforce by sharing ideas for coaching, competition and skill building with parents, teachers, students, volunteers and sports coaches.

We’ve now spent four days across April and May building a workforce in Dumfries and Galloway, visiting various schools and tennis clubs in the area."

– Judy Murray
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