Murray inspires new tennis league

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Andy Murray’s Olympic gold success has inspired the launch of a new tennis initiative in Eastbourne.

The Scot’s recent Olympic triumph convinced local resident Roland Marden to pick up his racket again, but he soon noticed how tricky it can be to find suitable level opponents.

For this reason he set up the LeaguePlay initiative, specifically designed to match players of equal ability, as countless others head to courts after Murray’s inspirational US Open victory.

Marden said, “I was eager to play and there were plenty of public courts to play on but I couldn’t find partners at my level.”

The initiative requires players to record results and follow their progress online, as well as allowing them to compete on public courts any time within each round’s two month period.

Marden said, “There are many people who enjoy tennis who would appreciate a flexible format to play competitively. By connecting people, LeaguePlay will hopefully inspire a new generation to play.”

The free opening round of LeaguePlay takes place from October 1 until November 30 in Lewes, and the sign up deadline is September 29. Subsequent rounds will cost £10.

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