Wimbledon champ Jonny Marray to serve up Olympic legacy

By Steve Carpenter Wednesday 27 March 2013 Updated: 29/03 10:31

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THOUSANDS of pounds of tennis equipment is to be donated to schools.

For every ace served during Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie with Russia at the Ricoh next weekened the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Tennis Foundation has pledged £200 worth of Babolat tennis equipment.

The pledge is part of the organisations’ involvement in creating a London 2012 Olympics’ legacy and will also see schools offered tennis coaching for pupils.

It was confirmed this week that Wimbledon doubles champion Jonny Marray would be the star attraction for Great Britain.

“Recent Davis Cup ties have seen around 100 aces served, so that’s a huge number of schools throughout Coventry who will benefit from this pledge,” said Tom Gibbins, head of education at the Tennis Foundation.

“This pledge shows our commitment to creating a tennis legacy following London 2012 across the UK. Activity like this at world-class events, such as the Davis Cup, offer an engaging way for us to provide free equipment to deserving schools across Coventry."

Leon Smith, captain of the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team added: "This is fantastic initiative to promote tennis participation within the Midlands and one we are very proud to be helping to deliver.

"I hope through this pledge and by the Davis Cup taking place in the Midlands, it inspires more kids to get involved in the sport.”

Coun Phil Townshend, Coventry council's cabinet member for sport, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for children in Coventry schools to feel a part of the Davis Cup coming to the city.

"It is a fantastic gesture by the LTA to donate this equipment as part of their Legacy Pledge and I’m sure it will be very well received by the schools involved, particularly with the additional tennis coaching sessions they are also providing.

"We hope with yet another major sporting event taking place in Coventry, it will inspire more youngsters to get involved in sporting activities and, who knows, we could have the next Andy Murray right here in our city”

Tickets for the Davis Cup tie are on sale from www.theticketfactory.com/daviscup or on 0844 338 8838. For more on the GB team turn to our back page.

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