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Bright Ideas for Tennis and The Tennis Circus' Danny Sapsford, a former British Davis cup regular, leads a team of past and present British tennis pros to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to tennis clubs, schools and events in the UK. All the coaching team are qualified and experienced players or coaches who have competed at Wimbledon, and the majority have represented Great Britain in the Davis or Fed Cup competitions.
"I am delighted to be supporting Bright Ideas for Tennis. Inspiring players of all ages and abilities, raising participation levels and improving facilities are fundamental to improving the overall standards within the game and this is exactly what Bright Ideas are doing. I share their passion and commitment towards these goals and I look forward to helping them in the future. "
Tim Henman, Former British number 1, former ATP World number 4, Wimbledon Semi-finalist,
Olympic Silver medallist, and Bright Ideas for Tennis Ambassador
Playing tennis for 24 hours sounds like a daunting task, and probably requires some sort of fitness level, it's success probably relies on the weather being great - but none of that actually mattered on the day.
I have played tennis for a number of years, and have experienced good or bad weather but none of those experiences could be compared to what we experienced on these two days! To start of with, fitness levels were not relevant, tennis experience were not relevant, weather conditions were not relevant because as soon as the clock started and people - both members and non-members started to play all that matters was HAVING FUN - and boy did we have fun.
I played on four occasions - the first afternoon, and the evening, also between 02:00 and 03:00 am and in morning after breakfast, it was raining on all four occasions. Did we stop, hell no!!! because we had so much fun we didn't realise how bad the weather was. Music was flowing through the speakers and after each hour, we all entered the clubhouse where we were met by other players and they all cheered on for us. The atmosphere over the 24 hours was amazing, and when the final day came, we all started to count down. I remember the last hour with fond memories seeing all courts full of activity and it made me so proud being a member and play tennis at this amazing tennis club.
Although we have moved away from Knutsford, I still follow the clubs activities and achievement and I'm so pleased to how this club prosper, new members joining and Mark's junior tennis hopefully becoming the next Andy Murray! If you're not interested in playing or can not participate, it's well worth popping down and feel the atmosphere and take part in some of the other activities that will be going on - you won't be disappointed. This club is amazing and I miss them all loads.
Haakan Gradin, ex-Captain Mens Tennis. (far left of the image)