Smash­ing time for all visi­tors to ten­nis club

‘Fan­tas­tic’ open day sees peo­ple join the Dukes Wood pro­gramme

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A GER­RARDS Cross ten­nis club cel­e­brated some new ad­di­tions with a ‘fan­tas­tic’ open day re­cently.

Dukes Wood, which has re­cently man­aged to se­cure two new coaches and in­stalled some new flood­lights, held the day on Satur­day to com­mem­o­rate the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

While the in­ter­mit­tent weather may have held some peo­ple back from at­tend­ing, head coach Tom Dean said that ev­ery­body who turned up ‘liked what they saw’ and have ei­ther joined the pro­gramme or the club.

He added: “It went well and the weather could have been bet­ter, but we had ev­ery­one who came down to look to join up, which was fan­tas­tic.”

He said that ev­ery­one who was there ‘just wished it had been a bit warmer’.

Mr Dean also hailed the new coaches, who stayed be­hind af­ter­wards to play a game of dou­bles, de­spite the fact they did not need to stay.

“I did say they could go home. It was fan­tas­tic to see,” he added.

Ace day: (Clock­wise from above) Bud­ding ten­nis play­ers at the open day; Alex Smil­lie and Camilo Avila; Shivrajn Takhar; and Harry O’Brien

Camilo Avila

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