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US Open win by Emma Raducanu sees tennis boom across West Norfolk

The unbelievable win by Emma Raducanu in New York last week has seen an upsurge in both adults and juniors flocking to the tennis courts in West Norfolk.

The fairytale journey of the eighteen-year-old who won the US Open has galvanised the whole nation.

Raducanu’s achievement was unbelievable, for such a young person to play in the manner she did without dropping a set was truly astonishing.

The support that she has been given by the LTA has encouraged more children and adults to get on to the tennis courts and take up tennis.

Youngsters at KES Tennis Centre on a recent coaching course. (51417757)
Youngsters at KES Tennis Centre on a recent coaching course. (51417757)

Clubs in West Norfolk have already seen more people joining coaching programmes and playing than ever before.

So many people have been inspired by what she has achieved, they just want to get on the court and play.

Tennis has always been a sport for all ages and the recent results by our British players, not only Raducanu but also Joe Salisbury who won both men’s and mixed doubles in New York, shows what a depth of talent the country currently has.

Now, everyone wants to be the next champion and West Norfolk has so much to offer with clubs providing coaching and social tennis at very affordable prices.

Ashley Swift, head coach at KES, said “More and more children are now turning to tennis after seeing Emma, a young girl, achieve so much.

“She is an inspiration to any youngster and the enthusiasm she shows both on and off court is infectious."

The coaching programme at KES has already seen a massive increase in the number of children taking up the game, and only last week there was a junior schools competition taking place which saw more than 40 children competing.

Youngsters on a tennis coaching course at Great Massingham. (51417761)
Youngsters on a tennis coaching course at Great Massingham. (51417761)

Other clubs like Great Massingham also have a strong junior section with more children joining the coaching programme following Raducanu’s win last week.

Jeremy Hodges, who runs the junior section alongside Ashley Swift and Lorna Taylor thinks that the enthusiasm for tennis will keep growing and the more we can help develop players locally the better it will be for British Tennis.

Clare Parker, chair at Great Massingham Tennis Club, is also encouraged by the increase in new members joining the club, saying: “So many people have been swept up by the events in New York last week and the incredible performance of Emma, people who have never picked up a racket are talking about playing tennis now.”

Even before Raducanu’s US Open win, tennis had seen a large increase in participation throughout the pandemic as it was easy to continue playing whilst socially distancing.

Already the LTA are working really hard to introduce new junior coaching programmes at schools and parks to make tennis more accessible to everyone.

There are many tennis clubs in West Norfolk, including those at KES, Great Massingham, Lynnsport, North Runcton and Terrington who all offer coaching and very affordable membership and court hire.

If Emma Raducanu’s recent triumph in New York has inspired you or your children to play tennis please contact Jeremy Hodges on 07789223791 or email: kesctc@aol.com and he will find coaching and courts near you.

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