Tim Henman and Andy Murray launch ace new tennis centre at Cobham school

PUBLISHED: 15:09 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:19 20 November 2014

Andy Murray, Jack Molloy (15), Jack Draper (12) and Tim Henman

Andy Murray, Jack Molloy (15), Jack Draper (12) and Tim Henman

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There aren’t many schools in the country that could serve up an exhibition match between Tim Henman and Andy Murray but that’s exactly what happened at Reed’s School in Cobham as they opened their new indoor tennis centre.

Partially funded by a grant from the LTA, the school’s three new heated courts have an acrylic surface akin to those at the LTA’s National Training Centre in Roehampton.

They will be used for training by the tennis scholars at Reed’s with the anticipation of producing another success like Tim Henman, who attended Reed’s from 1985 to 1991.

Tim took to the court for an exhibition doubles match against Oxshott resident Andy Murray, with 12-year-old Jack Draper and 15-year-old Jack Molloy accompanying the British stars.

“I was very excited to play on the same type of indoor surface as the professionals and partner Andy Murray in an exhibition match. It’s got to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Jack.

As a testament to the qualities of the new centre, Nick Kyrgios, the Australian player who reached the quarter finals at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships after defeating Rafael Nadal, arrived for a training session just as the event was ending.

 

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