Search begins to find the next Andy Murray

Eldon Grove Tennis Club management committee member Tony Evans with (back row, left to right) Dominic Barlow (10), Jamie Brabiner (nine) and Damon Crawford (10). Front row, left to right, Harry Carr (five) and Finlay Barlow (four)
Eldon Grove Tennis Club management committee member Tony Evans with (back row, left to right) Dominic Barlow (10), Jamie Brabiner (nine) and Damon Crawford (10). Front row, left to right, Harry Carr (five) and Finlay Barlow (four)

A TOWN sports club hopes to discover budding tennis aces inspired by Andy Murray’s success.

Eldon Grove Tennis Club in Hartlepool hopes more youngsters will be encouraged to pick up a racket after the Scot’s stunning wins at the US Open and Olympics.

They have teamed up with Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team to raise awareness of the club and the sport.

Murray’s victory in America was the first Grand Slam title for a British man in 76 years.

And Eldon Grove leaders hope the next British champion could be waiting to be discovered in Hartlepool.

Tony Evans, management committee member, said: “Andy Murray started playing tennis in the Scottish town of Dunblane at a very young age and he is an example of what can be achieved through hard work.

“We already have some very talented young club members, including Durham and Cleveland County players Damon Crawford, 10, and nine-year-old Jamie Brabiner, but perhaps the next Andy Murray is just waiting to be discovered in Hartlepool.”

The club already has around 100 junior members aged from four up to 18, but says it has room for lots more.

Mr Evans added: “We are a family-friendly club which welcomes players of all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners and social players through league team play.

“The club operates a comprehensive coaching programme for the whole community with sessions available from four years old upwards.”

The tennis club has seven courts that are open all year round.

Gemma Ptak, senior sport and physical activity co-ordinator at Hartlepool Borough Council said: “I’ve been very impressed with the enthusiasm of everyone connected with the club.

“I’d encourage anyone wishing to take up tennis or find out more about the sport to get in touch, they’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

“It’s also important that people don’t make the mistake of thinking that tennis is only a summer sport and that there is no point in contacting the club at this time of the year.”

For more information contact the club on (01429) 263666.