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2004 May 21 - The Tennis Show a success
Press Release - Issued on: 21/05/04
A bright future ahead for The Tennis Show
"This is the type of innovation that this sport needs to take it into the
future. From my experience this Tennis Show, if developed, could be the
biggest, most influential and informative tennis day of the year. I could
see a time when tennis players and enthusiasts would use this type of
experience above going to watch a straight forward ATP event."
- Brian Linskey
- Group Racquet Manager for David Lloyd Leisure - Tennis Show partner
MARIA BUENO VISITS THE TENNIS SHOW
Brazilian tennis legend, Maria Bueno, visited the Tennis Show whilst she was
in London last weekend.
"The Tennis Show is something new over here. I don't think many countries
have such an event to showcase the game but it is a good idea and I hope it
is a successful way to boost tennis fans in Great Britain".
The three-time Wimbledon singles Champion, with a total of 19 Grand Slam
titles to her name, has just completed a hectic schedule of appearances in
Brazil, including attending the Brazil Open where she practiced with Gustavo
Kuerten, acted as a motivator to her country's Davis Cup team and then, last
week, conducted a tennis clinic for 200 veteran players in Florianapolis.
The largest crowd of the show was saved for the celebrities playing in
support of the charity "Tennis for Free".
Co-founder of the charity and great tennis enthusiast, Tony Hawks, brought
along three friends for a fun and sometimes highly competitive match.
Alistair McGowan, well-known television impressionist, began the game
partnering Hawks against Sam Smith, former British Number One and Laura
Saunders, leading junior player and winner of the 2002 National Road to
Wimbledon Title. In between the high quality, fast moving tennis Hawks and
McGowan entertained the crowd with jokes and impressions and still managed
to come out on equal terms with the girls.
This was great entertainment for the crowd and great publicity for a charity
that works so hard to offer free tennis for everyone.
FIRST SHOWING OF WIMBLEDON 2004 COLLECTION
The Official 2004 Wimbledon Collection was previewed for the first time at
the Tennis Show. In London to enjoy the fashion show and talk to the
visitors and press alike, was Jane Henman, main designer of the collection
and mother of British Tennis No. 1, Tim Henman.
"It was a fantastic day and I was thoroughly delighted with the way the
clothes looked during the fashion show and the response that they received
from the people who were watching. I think all the catalogues that we
brought along to the event were taken, which is wonderful. I look forward
to selling next year's range at the 2005 Tennis Show!"
- Jane Henman
TOP COACHES IN THE COUNTRY, TEACHING VISITORS FOR FREE BRAD LANGEVAD
Former coach to Wimbledon champion Pat Cash and top British
player Greg Rusedski, gave coaching sessions, with video analysis on every
day of the show to anyone who signed up. Not surprisingly, the sessions
were full every day and everyone who came off court enthused about their
KIERON VORSTER, Director of Physical Training at the LTA and former Fitness
Trainer to British No. 1 Tim Henman, gave special sessions to the visitors,
on both Friday and Saturday - both children and adults joined in these
sessions and were able to benefit from one of the most experienced coaches
in the game.
DAVID LLOYD LEISURE brought along 6 of their top coaches, chosen from the 56
clubs they have all over the country. They ran one court, the mini tennis
and the Fastest Serve Competition and taught all levels from beginners to
experienced players. Their enthusiasm was infectious and they encouraged
mums, dads, brothers and sisters onto the court fun, well organised coaching
LEADING WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYERS GIVE EXHIBITION MATCHES
Four World Ranked wheelchair tennis players played two exhibition matches on
Saturday. Led by Britains No.1 female player, Kay Forshaw, they treated the
crowd to a fantastic display of tennis.
HUNDREDS OF VISITORS EXPERIENCE FREE COACHING
During the Tennis Show over 500 people received coaching and training from
some of the UK's top coaches. In addition to this, over 250 kids played
mini-tennis and the queues to the Fastest Serve never wavered! (The top
speed was 116mph) Seeing so many children involved, enthusiastic and keen
is definitely good news for the future of British Tennis.
INVOLVEMENT OF THE LEADING TENNIS ASSOCIATIONS
Thanks are due to both Sport England and the LTA for their kind support and
endorsement of the show. The Tennis Industry Association, the British
Tennis Foundation and the European Racquet Stringers Association also
provided invaluable support and help during the three days.
EXHIBITORS LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR
A number of the companies that took part in this years show were delighted
with the outcome of this debut show and are already keen to support the next
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