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Tennis players stage world record attempt in Lichfield

Lichfield tennis players are set to take part in a world record attempt.

The ‘keepie ups’ record will be challenged by clubs up and down the country – including Lichfield Friary Tennis Club – on April 24 at noon.

The current Guinness World Record for the number of people bouncing tennis balls on their rackets without letting them hit the ground for a minute is 383 and was set at the Saddleworth Village Olympics in 2006.

Players and non-tennis players are being urged to join the record attempt. Organiser and club member Simon Dilkes explained:

“We really want to encourage any children or adults interested in taking part in this fun world record attempt to come along and join us for an hour at Lichfield Friary Tennis Club – even if they’ve never played tennis before.”

Adrian Rattenbury, President of the RPTeurope, who are supporting the attempt, added:

“This event is part of our Grow the Game Initiative which is a programme aimed at increasing the number of people playing tennis at all levels and all ages. Over the past 15 years around 3million people have dropped out of the game and more than 60 per cent of these are juniors under the age of 16. It is essential that we promote the game more at grassroots level and concentrate more on this than trying to produce one world class player.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the world record attempt can turn up at 11.15am at Lichfield Friary Tennis Club, Darnford Lane (off Tamworth Road by the Horse and Jockey Pub), Lichfield, WS14 9JE.  Rackets and balls can be provided. For more information, contact organiser Simon Dilkes on 07989 897979.

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