A new coaching team has arrived at Ashbourne Tennis Club hoping to benefit from the upsurge of interest following Andy Murray’s magnificent win at Wimbledon on Sunday.
The club have appointed Mike James and Pete Leadbetter, both LTA level four senior performance coaches, to run its coaching programmes, taking over the enormously successful junior coaching programme introduced by Jenni Bull.
The club has seen a big jump in membership following the opening of its new courts and facilities and the new coaching team have already outlined plans which will offer tennis sessions to players of all ages and levels of ability.
An adult competition will take place on July 21 and ‘rusty rackets’ sessions are due to start from July 22.
There will be four weeks of summer camps for juniors over the holiday period and new adult and junior coaching programmes will commence from September.
Vice chairman Andy Bailey said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike and Pete to the club.
“They are joining us at an exciting time with Andy Murray’s success, and the opening of our new courts, creating a real buzz about Ashbourne tennis at the moment.
“The new coaches are friendly, dynamic and experienced, and they will appeal to both new players and experienced club members.
“We look forward to seeing them to take the club forward to the next level.
“Tennis clubs sometimes have the reputation of being elitist and expensive.
“It’s not like that in Ashbourne – it’s a community based, grassroots club and we offer lots of ways people can start playing tennis at a reasonable cost.”
Anyone interested should check out the club website, www.ashbournetennis.org.uk”.
Ashbourne’s Ladies first team won their home match against Duffield this week in Derbyshire Area Tennis League Division Two.
The match was played in the sweltering heat of Saturday afternoon but the ladies coped well in the conditions.
The opening round of matches saw the home team take a 2-1 as Ursula Kaul and Nicki Woods claimed their first point along with Roz Hughes and Michelle Doran.
The latter pair fought well to come back from 8-5 down to win their match in a nail-biting tie-break.
The away side levelled the score 3-3 after the second round but this saw Lorraine Allsop and Susan Longworth open their account for Ashbourne.
It was therefore all to play for in the final round of three matches and Ashbourne came out winners, securing a 5-4 victory as Kaul, Woods, Allsop and Longworth all won their matches.
The mixed first team had less success against Ripley and lost 7-2 in a home tie.
The opposition first pair consisted of a county lady and a club coach and were too strong for the Ashbourne players.
Longworth and Andy Bailey performed well as third pair to win against their opposite pairing.
Kaul and Nick Pinfield also managed to win against this pair.
Debbie Lynam and Mark Wilson battled hard all evening but were beaten in all three of their games.