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Judy Murray wants more women to play tennis

Far fewer women and girls are taking up tennis compared to a decade ago. One of the sport's most famous coaches, Judy Murray, has designed a course specifically to encourage more women to pick up a racket and play. And, of course, Andy won his opening match at Wimbledon today. Matt Teale reports.

Johanna Konta sets her sights on being number 1

After winning the Miami Open, tennis star Johanna Konta, has her sights set on becoming the world number one.

Victory earned Konta the biggest prize of her career, almost £950,000.

And the 25-year-old whose family home is in East Sussex, is also supporting investment in the sport in Eastbourne.

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REPORT: Tennis hot shots say Kent academy serves them well

It's been a great year for British tennis, with Andy Murray ending the year as World number one, and Eastbourne's Johanna Konta making great strides in the women's game.

But what about the youngsters trying to follow in their footsteps?

Abigail Bracken's been to a unique school in Kent, which is already producing world ranked players and county champions:

Abigail spoke to Eb Apetti, founder of the school, and Executive Principal Phil Karnavas.

Eastbourne gets underway but No.1 seed forced out

Petra Kvitova forced to pull out of the tournament with a bug

The women's number one seed and reigning Wimbledon Champion had to pull out of Eastbourne today after suffering from a bug. Petra Kvitova said she couldn't jeopardise her chances at Wimbledon by playing at this week's tournament. But the British number two, Johanna Konta, who has won a wild card at Wimbledon, said the tournament was vital preparation and couldn't wait to play in the town she now calls home.

"I wanted to play some matches here but it doesn't really make sense to play and not be ready for Wimbledon."

– Petra Kvitova, No 1 seed
Ground workers clear the rain to allow play to start

Johanna had to wait for the rain to clear but after a damp start, play did get underway - much to the delight of the crowd. The ground staff at Devonshire Park did their best to dry out the courts as quickly as possible so that the club could host five of the world's top ten women.

British no. 2 Johanna Konta calls Eastbourne 'home'

"We're fortunate enough to get one extra week in the preparation for Wimbledon so I'm very happy people are out here despite the rain and hopefully I can give them some good tennis."

– Johanna Konta, British No.2


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.

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