Davis Cup is a hit with young aces

PUBLISHED: 13:40 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:40 14 September 2016

Cambridge Lawn Tennis at The Leys School for a coaching session and to see the Davis Cup. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge Lawn Tennis at The Leys School for a coaching session and to see the Davis Cup. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Davis Cup makes arrival in Cambridge

Whether Great Britain can keep the Davis Cup in their clutches will be put to the test this weekend, but while it is still in their grasp, the trophy made a visit to Cambridge.

As part of the Davis Cup Legacy Tour, an event was hosted at Ley’s School to celebrate the 2015 success over Belgium.

More than 250 youngsters from primary schools in and around the city took part in coaching sessions hosted by a team of 14 coaches, and there was an opportunity for people to have their pictures taken beside the trophy.

Kira Reuter, Lizzie Pam, Aisha Brown, Harry Wendelken, Derrick Chen and Charlie James, who are six highly-ranked junior players from Cambridgeshire, staged a demonstration of how the game should be played, on a specially-marked grass court to create a flavour of Wimbledon.

Vision4Growth’s Fiona Musgrave led a group of visually impaired players in showcasing their array of skills.

The sport is played with special balls that contain a bell, and two bounces are allowed, and when sighted players joined in by wearing a blindfold, they found it difficult.

Cambridgeshire LTA’s Mark Sanders, who organised the day in conjunction with the Leys School, said: “It has been a very enjoyable and successful day with around 600 people having the opportunity to see and be photographed with the Davis Cup trophy.

“Our aim as a county tennis association is to inspire people of all ages to play tennis more often.

“From the smiles and laughter in evidence, I believe our team of coaches, volunteers and exhibition players have helped us to meet this objective.”

Great Britain will continue the defence of their trophy this weekend when they face Argentina in the semi-finals in Glasgow.

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