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Following in the footsteps of Andy Murray
12:20pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
MEMBERS of Stockton Heath Lawn Tennis Club followed in the footsteps of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray during celebrations to mark the club’s centenary year.
The group of seven players and club officials said it was an ‘experience of a lifetime’ spending a day at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) grounds at Wimbledon.
Committee member Jane Argent, who was part of the group, said: “AELTC is the most prestigious club in the UK and boasts a membership of Andy Murray, Tim Henman and The Duchess of Cambridge among its select group of 350 full members so to have the opportunity to see inside the members and players’ facilities was a fascinating insight and one which any tennis player would envy.”
The visit included a tour which took in Centre Court, which still has the scoreboard showing the result of the Murray vs Djokovic final, the changing rooms and press room which is one of the largest dedicated sports press centres in the world.
The visitors then played against some of the best in the country for their age group including a 75-year-old before attendants ran baths for them as they would do for Wimbledon players.
The Stockton Heath club, based in Appleton, was founded in 1913, the same year mixed and ladies doubles were introduced at Wimbledon for the first time and is run by a voluntary committee.
Jane added: “The whole day was truly amazing.
“Everyone made a huge effort to welcome us and ensure the day was one to remember.
“To gain an insight into what goes into holding the Wimbledon tournament, particularly in this historic year, was very special and to have our centenary year acknowledged and celebrated by the AELTC made all the hard work of being part of a voluntary committee seem very worthwhile.”
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