Serving up a high-speed challenge to tennis fans

Ian Scruton and Graeme Carmichael

Ian Scruton and Graeme Carmichael

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Coaches from Bridlington Tennis Club staged a fastest serve competition in their latest bid to promote the sport around the town.

They headed to Our Lady and St Peter’s School summer fair, in windy conditions, to challenge members of the public to test their speed.

Sarah Augustine, Celeste Martin, Amelia Lee, Lexie Bonar and Dolly Scruton.

Sarah Augustine, Celeste Martin, Amelia Lee, Lexie Bonar and Dolly Scruton.

The winner of the adults competition was Graeme Carmichael, who hit 95mph, and just beat ian Scruton, who got up to 89mph.

Club president Dr Anthony Clarke joked: “I have no doubt these impressive speeds were wind assisted as I only managed a maximum of 67mph.”

Carmichael won free club membership until February 2017.

The teachers at Our Lady and St Peter’s were also challenged to have a go and Steve Cox took the top honours with a serve recorded at 68mph.

Alfie Scruton

Alfie Scruton

Nine-year-old Alfie Scruton won the children’s fastest serve competition with a serve of 45mph, while Declan Martin and Josh Miller were outstanding among the youngest children for their ability to hit a tennis ball into a hoop placed at various distances from the competition line.

Dr Clarke has appealed for more help from club members to assist with junior coaching sessions and coaching in schools because of the large numbers of children attending.

He said: “Games such as bouncing a tennis ball on a racket, skipping to develop ankle and leg movements, running and picking up or placing tennis balls on cones are all essential pre-requisites to learning how to move and hit a tennis ball and it is great to see how well the youngest juniors are progressing with their skills training.

Please contact Penny on 07754 587973 for more information about junior coaching or the Summer Tennis School in August.