A Grand Slam finish after epic tennis trip

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Hailsham Tennis Club’s chairman, Graham Landon, and membership secretary, Harry Marks completed a marathon round-the-world tennis tour to see all four Grand Slam Tournaments.

The duo felt this was the year British number-one Andy Murray would win a Grand Slam and so they embarked on their epic trip.

First up was a trip to Melbourne, Australia, in January where Murray was knocked out at the semi-final stage after a thrilling match with Novack Djokovic.

Then a hop across the channel to the French Open in Paris. There Murray was beaten by Spaniard David Ferrer before the short journey to Wimbledon where he suffered heartbreak in the final against grasscourt master Roger Federer.

The final voyage was a trip across the Atlantic to New York where they finally saw Murray triumph in his first Grand Slam at the US Open.

Graham said, “We followed him round the globe. He was getting closer to a Slam but he was determined to keep us waiting!”

Before his US Open win Murray won Olympic Gold and avenged his Wimbledon defeat by beating Roger Federer in straight sets.

In America he fought through to the final against Novak Djokovic and won a marathon five hour, five set thriller at Flushing Medows .

Graham added, “We’re so pleased we stuck with him. It was a wonderful way to finish our own marathon journey”

Harry runs a free coaching session for juniors at the Hailsham Club every Thursday afternoon from 4.30pm till 6.00pm.

He added, “Now the search is on to find the next Murray. We’re seeing some great potential.

“Tom Large, who only started playing this year, has already won some tournaments.”

There’s also a Monday evening session at the club for adult new starters - all are welcome to come and try their hand.