What's Really Wrong with British Tennis?

Steve Brine joined Judy Murray, mother of Andy, in Parliament on Tuesday 17th May with the aim of getting more children hitting tennis balls.

The Tennis For Free charity gave a presentation to MPs and Peers, and outlined their vision for grass roots tennis.

New patron Baroness Angela Billingham chaired the event, which included a Q&A session and an appreciative reference for the charity's work from Judy Murray.

Tennis For Free works with schools, clubs and local councils to provide young people with the opportunity to play tennis free of charge for 50 weeks of the year. As part of their work, they have listed every public tennis court across the UK, enabling enthusiastic youngsters to log on and find their nearest free court.

Speaking afterwards, Steve said: "It was absolutely fantastic to pop along today and see for myself the excellent work Tennis For Free carries out. As we approach Wimbledon, we find the same old questions about how we as a nation put so much pressure on one or two jey individuals, where countries like France and Spain have several challengers to the title.

"As well as trying to find an exciting crop of youngsters, the key thing for me is in giving as many young people as possible the opportunity to play for nothing. It is really easy for kids to have a 'jumpers for goalposts' game of football, but I know from my own schooldays how hard it was to find a free court.

"Hopefully the event today has served (!) to really rachet up the awareness of our free courts, and I really wish Tennis For Free all the best in getting as many youngsters as possible to take up the game."

Pictured; Tennis For Free is working to find as many potential Andy Murrays throughout the UK as possible

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Find out where your nearest free court is at www.tennisforfree.com.