West Worthing Tennis Club was transformed into Wimbledon on Saturday in celebration of the club’s participation in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge.
The challenge is a series of national grassroots tennis tournaments for more than 10,000 youngsters and 800 tennis clubs and schools each year.
The transformation was courtesy of HSBC and saw TV gardening personality Charlie Dimmock bring the look and feel of the famous championships to the club’s flower beds with support from the All England Club gardeners; planting the iconic green, white and purple colours of Wimbledon so that the club can enjoy the feel of Wimbledon for years to come.
The transformation extended to one of the club’s courts becoming Centre Court for the weekend, allowing youngsters to play as if they were chasing their own Wimbledon title.
HSBC ambassador and former Scottish international tennis player Judy Murray was also on hand to pass on some of her advice to the youngsters, planting the seed for the next generation of Wimbledon finalists to take their tennis careers from the back garden to Centre Court.
Judy Murray said: “It is so important that we encourage the next generation of tennis players, that is why initiatives like the HSBC Road To Wimbledon tournaments are vital.
“To be able to give the youngsters at West Worthing Tennis Club a feel for what it is like to play at Wimbledon will have been very special and hopefully inspire them to carry on playing tennis from the back garden all the way to Centre Court.
“And you never know, we could be seeing one of the tournaments competitors playing in The Championships in the not so distant future.”
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