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2004 May 12 - Top Celebrities support The Tennis Show

Press Release - Issued on: 12/05/04

Top Celebrities support The Tennis Show

Comedians Alistair McGowan and Tony Hawks together with former British No.1 Sam Smith will be playing in a fun celebrity tennis match at The Tennis Show on Saturday 15th May from 2.00pm at Earls Court in London. The 2002 winner of the National Road To Wimbledon Title and top Kent junior player Laura Saunders will join them. Tony Hawks is promoting his charity: 'Tennis For Free' and is working in partnership with councils and other public bodies nationally to open up the opportunities of tennis including giving free access to public park courts, free coaching and free equipment. It should prove to be great on court fun and entertainment for all.

Kieron Vorster, Director of Physical Training at the LTA and former Fitness Trainer to British No.1 Tim Henman, will be putting members of the general public through their paces with a special designed fitness session from 1.00-2.00pm on the Friday and Saturday at The Tennis Show.

Kieron says, "there will be a thorough warm up with tennis specific drills. We will then go into a tennis circuit and depending on numbers will be up to 14 stations. These types of exercises reflex the movements that the body is put through during a game of tennis and aims to work on all the different muscle groups. You spend 30 seconds on each with 5 seconds to change station and you go through the whole circuit 3 times" The session will last about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Brad Langevad, former coach to Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash and British No.2 Greg Rusedski will be on court giving free video analysis sessions over the three days. Brad has helped thousands of tennis players of all standards and holds workshops throughout the UK. "Genius, brilliant, the best in the world at his job", comments Pat Cash.

Brad, an Australian scientist and former world-ranked ATP Tour player, is determined to transform the modern game with his groundbreaking Biometrics programme. "Conventional coaching is un-researched and totally wrong", says Brad. "Britain's been indoctrinated with these tired old methods. If we ever want to produce another Wimbledon champion, we'll need to scrap everything and start from scratch."

Ten years ago, this is exactly what Brad did. Working as biochemist during the week while coaching tennis at the weekends, he began to wonder whether there was such a thing as the perfect tennis shot. Taking a video camera round the international tennis circuit, he filmed the game's top professionals and began to unravel their idiosyncrasies on computer.

Photo and filming opportunities on the tennis courts will be available during the show:

  • Official 2004 Wimbledon Collection will be previewed for the first time on the 14thof May, at 2.00pm at Earls Court 2 in London. The new 2004 clothing range, that will be available at this year's Wimbledon Championships, will appeal to tennis players and fashion conscious sportsmen alike.

    The main designer for the collection is Jane Henman, mother of British Tennis No.1 Tim Henman, who has been designing tennis clothing for over 25 years. "Our 2004 Wimbledon range combines style with function. Sharp lines and attention to detail inspire a distinctively English look. This year's high performance fabrics keep the skin warm, dry and comfortable, enabling optimum performance."

  • Celebrity Tennis Match featuring comedians Alistair McGowan and Tony Hawks, former British No.1 Sam Smith, and top Kent player Laura Saunders on Saturday 15th from 2.00pm.

  • Kieron Vorster, Director of Physical Training at the LTA and former Fitness Trainer to British No.1. Tim Henman, will be putting members of the general public through their paces with a special tennis specific fitness training session from 1.00pm on both the 14th / 15th May.

  • Brad Langevad, former coach to Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash and British No.2 Greg Rusedski will be on court giving free video analysis sessions from 2.00pm on the 14th / 15th / 16th May.

  • Wheel Chair Tennis Exhibition at 11.00-11.45am on Saturday 15th May and then a one up, one down demonstration between 4.30-6.00pm. In action will be: British No.1 Kay Forshaw (13), Matt Faucher (41), Jamie Robinson (60) Andy McErlean (104) (World rankings in brackets)

  • Speed Dating Tennis: "In the Zone Sports", in association with SpeedDater.co.uk have created the first tennis break specially designed specifically for the singles market! At 12.00 on the 14th/15th/16th May, there will be a demonstration of their coaching clinic that allows you to meet and interact with other players! Perhaps they can create the perfect doubles match!

  • Teddy Tennis - Aimed at children between four and eight, Teddy Tennis complements the LTA's Mini Tennis programme with music and stories designed to bring children into tennis young enough to pick up the skills and attitude necessary to become world champions. The programme, which will also raise funds for the children's medical charity SPARKS, aims to attract clubs and schools across the country to adopt the Teddy Tennis approach as part of their Mini Tennis programme. Demonstrations will be from 4.00pm on the 14th/15th/16th May.

  • Top David Lloyd Leisure Tennis Professional will be on court from 11.00am-6.00pm on the 14th/15th/16th May offering free group coaching sessions to all standards of players.

  • Other features include: the Fastest Serve Competition, the Interactive Zone with Sony Tennis Play Station, Virtual Reality Tennis and Swing ball!


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