Here’s your chance to play with a Grand Slam player!

We are very pleased to announce that we are linking with Bright Ideas for Tennis, whose primary goal is to support tennis clubs in the UK by increasing membership numbers, raising participation levels & improving playing facilities. On Saturday 27th January we welcome Danny Sapsford & Jocelyn Rae – both ex tour and Davis & Federation Cup players. The coaching clinics will take place from 1pm – 6pm in the Air Hall. Any funds raised from the day will remain within the club to benefit the members so we are looking to you for tennis related ideas e.g. providing additional coaching sessions, junior initiatives or supervised team practice. Please view the following for further information.

Coaching Clinics 
1-00pm – 1-45pm – Minis aged 6 to 10 years
1-45pm – 2-30pm – Juniors aged over 11 years
2-30pm – 3-15pm –  Adult Team Level Men
3-15pm – 4-00pm – Adult Team Level Ladies
4-00pm – 4-45pm – Adult  General

4-45pm -5pm – Break for Coaches.  Check your serve against our speed gun!

5-00pm – 5-20/30pm – Doubles Exhibition – with Danny & Jocelyn & 2 club 1st team players.
5-20/30pm – 6-00pm – 3 x Tie Breaks – with Danny & Jocelyn  & Juniors over 11 years & Adult members.
Tie Break places will be via a raffle, which will open in January & drawn on the day. Details to follow.

Places on the Coaching Clinic sessions are limited so do book & pay early (£10 per player) with the Bar, when open, or email Members who are not successful in gaining a place are more than welcome to come along & watch the clinics & matches.

Please see the following information for your host coaches .

Danny Sapsford
Danny played on the ATP Tour from 1987-1999, reaching a career high ATP singles ranking of 170 & 83 in Doubles & represented GB in the Davis Cup from 1990-95. Danny competed in all 4 Grand Slams with his best performance coming at Wimbledon ’99 where he made the 3rd Round before losing to eventual champion, Pete Sampras. In 1998, Danny became the Men’s National Singles Champion, & also won the Doubles Event on 3 separate occasions. Career wins include Henman, Rusedski, Korda, Gilbert & Kuerten. After retiring Danny became an LTA National coach & co-founded Bright Ideas for Tennis in 2013.

Jocelyn Rae
Joss has been one of the best doubles players in GB for the past 5 years, winning over 20 WTA / ITF titles.  With a WTA highest world ranking of 67, Joss made the 3rd round of the Australian Open (2016), & the QF of the Mixed Doubles at Wimbledon (2017). She was a permanent fixture in the GB Fed Cup Team from 2011-17, but the highlight of her career came at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she won a Gold medal in the Mixed Doubles with compatriot Colin Fleming.

Hope you can join us.