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Players court second chance.

Anyone for tennis?

It may not be Wimbledon, but moves are under way to breathe new life into Marske's disused tennis courts.

The five courts, standing near the Mount Pleasant football ground, were last used nearly three years ago.

In the late 1990s, several players, mainly in their teens or early 20s, used the courts to hone their skills.

When they drifted away to join other clubs, the courts became largely disused and it seemed game, set and match for tennis in Marske.

But now tennis fan Michael Finn hopes to serve up a new era by reforming Marske Tennis Club.

And to gauge the amount of interest, a 'welcome day' is being held so anyone can have a go at the game.

Mr Finn, 60, who has coaching experience and plays local league tennis, said: "It was a flourishing club five years ago with two league teams, but most of the members were young people who went off to join bigger clubs.

"It would appear from word of mouth, a number of people say they'd like to see it up and running again."

It is hoped the club will benefit if a multi-sports bid for Lottery cash by the Marske Recreation Centre and Sports Association nets some cash.

But even if Lottery funds do not materialise, Mr Finn still sees a future for Marske Tennis Club, with a five-strong committee already formed.

He said: "We are working on the basis that if the Lottery funding doesn't come, we are still going to get Marske Tennis Club up and running.

"We've got racquets, balls, nets and playable courts for anyone who cares to come along.

"Saltburn Tennis Club is pretty full and there isn't a club in Redcar, so I think there's a need."

The free welcome day is on Saturday for anyone interested in playing tennis, with beginners particularly welcome.

Racquets and tennis balls will be provided and basic coaching will be available on the day. The courts will be open from 11am to 3pm.

* For more information, contact Michael on 01642 483540.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2003
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