Portsmouth’s tennis centre opened by Greg Rusedski

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FORMER British number one Greg Rusedski has opened Portsmouth’s new tennis centre.

The new building, which is next to the Gymnastics Centre in Stamshaw was officially opened this morning by Greg and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, councillor Lynne Stagg.

OPENING The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lynne Stagg with Lawn Tennis Association CEO Michael Downey and Greg Rusedski.

OPENING The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lynne Stagg with Lawn Tennis Association CEO Michael Downey and Greg Rusedski.

The modern facility hosts four indoor courts, six outdoor courts and eight indoor mini tennis courts for the budding enthusiast or the more experienced player.

Greg said: ‘It’s a wonderful facility here in Portsmouth. We are looking for people to play the game of tennis where there is the younger generation and the older generation because I think tennis is a sport for life.

‘It’s something you do with all age groups. If parents bring their kids to tennis then maybe we will get some champions like the Andy Murray’s, the Heather Watson’s and the Laura Robson’s.

‘I’m very excited about being here today.’

Greg played tennis with local children and tennis enthusiasts as part of the opening of the centre.

The centre which cost almost £1.2m to build, was completed in November, and has been a resounding success so far, with 1,100 people already through the door.

Portsmouth City Council secured £834,387 from The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) towards the cost of the centre, with the additional £332,824 sourced from council funds.

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