Tennis: Andy Murray inspires Isle youngsters

Kaylee Dickerson, 13, Beau Dickerson, 4, and Hannah Dickerson, 10, with tennis coach John Willis.
Kaylee Dickerson, 13, Beau Dickerson, 4, and Hannah Dickerson, 10, with tennis coach John Willis.

A tennis coach is holding training sessions to meet the demand - which he says has improved since Britain’s Andy Murray won Wimbledon.

Sports courts across the country were filled with people of all ages and ability following the Scot’s incredible victory over Serbian Novak Djokovic during the tennis showpiece.

And the thirst for the sport was certainly apparent across Haxey and Epworth with their tennis centres being well used following the summer tournament.

To meet those demands and also give youngsters something a little different to do during the school summer holidays, sports camps are being held throughout August.

Run by John Willis, an Lawn Tennis Association level fice master performance coach, the camps will particularly focus on tennis training but also include some football, kwik cricket and other sports-based competitions.

“We’ve certainly seen an interest from both adults and children in tennis since the great Andy Murray’s emphatic Wimbledon final win,” Willis told the Bells.

“People definitely got a taste for tennis following Wimbledon.

“There is a strong interest in tennis throughout the year and in Haxey and Epworth clubs alone we have some cracking little players who really enjoy the sport.

“You never know, we could have the next Andy Murray in our midst.”

The summer coaching programme will offer ‘Titchy Tennis’ for 10-year-olds and under from 10.30am to noon each day.

The older tennis sessions for 11-year-olds and over will take place between 12.30pm and 2.30pm each day.

The camp has begun at Haxey Tennis Club, Haxey Lane, and runs until August 16.

There will also be a five-day camp held at Epworth Town Tennis Club, Station Road, from August 26-30.

Children should bring a racket although they can be loaned if asked for beforehand. Youngsters should wear a sports kit and have sufficient drinks and snacks.

The five-day sessions cost £30. For more details, call John Willis on 07939148603 or email