Centre Court comes to Old Market Square ahead of Aegon Open Nottingham

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Centre Court comes to Old Market Square ahead of Aegon Open Nottingham

Hundreds of budding Andy Murray's brought a festival of tennis to Nottingham's Old Market Square - transporting families from the heart of the city to sunny Wimbledon.

The second of four tennis taster days saw young and old compete in a whole host of tennis-based games including wheelchair tennis, a serve speed game and one-on-one grudge matches.

The event, which runs from 10am to 4pm over the weekend has been promoting the upcoming Aegon Open Nottingham, saw the square bathed in sunshine with shouts of ace and game point echoing all around.

Leah Kinash took her two children Ebony and Joshua to the event and said it was a great idea.

"They are really enjoying it," the 29-year-old said.

"We just came into town to pay some bills and they spotted the tennis. It would be really nice to see things like this more often – I think it will keep all the kids busy.

"It's a really nice idea and a really nice day for it."

Bruno Anderson's two children, David and Eric, faced off in the inflatable indoor courts.

He said: "We just spotted this when we were in town – I couldn't believe it. It's great fun for the kids. It's such a good place to do it and they will be here all day.

The 30-year-old Arnold dad added: "My kids are more football players but they like all sports and it's great to have this here for them."

And Alex Jeffery, 26, who had a go on a game which measures the speed of your serve, said it was good to see an event in the middle of the city.

The Ruddington man said: "It's lovely to see, it' a great space and I would like to see it used more. It's nice that all the kids are out having a good time and it's a lot of fun."

The event, which sees scores of young coaches available to help youngsters brush up on their backhand will be repeated on May 16 and 26 before the first serve is hit at the main event on June 6.

The taster days also feature face painting, the Nottingham Building Society's Robin Hood and Maid Marian mascots and free giveaways - including tickets to the Nottingham Open.

Pamela Morton from the Lawn Tennis Association was in charge of the event. She said: "We're here to promote the game and the upcoming Nottingham Open. It's going down really well and we've had lots here. It's all about people coming and having a game of tennis and hopefully getting into the sport. This is a lovely space for it and a great day.

"It's a very accessible game for people to play – there are courts everywhere in people's local parks and it does not cost the world."

Courtesy Nottingham Post



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