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Fame, Set and Match

Stuart Higgins International Tennis Tournament in Teddington

Some of the most notable faces in British tennis made an appearance at The Lensbury to help raise money for charity.

Judy, the famous mum of Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray, LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper and Britain’s former number one female Anne Keothavong, strutted their stuff on the riverside courts.

They were joined by former Chelsea and England defender Graeme Le Saux, a keen tennis player and member of the All-England Club and soprano Laura Wright, the official anthem singer for England’s rugby team, who proved she could swing as well as sing!

The event is the annual  extravagantly-titled ‘Stuart Higgins International Tennis Tournament in Teddington’  and this year helped raise funds for the charity. Tickets For Troops (www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk) which provides free tickets for major events to members of the Armed Forces.

Anne Keothavong, who recently announced her retirement and is working for BT Sport, said: “The Lensbury is a fantastic setting to play tennis and I am always flattered to be invited to such a prestigious event!”

Roger Draper joked; “It’s about time this competition had its own place on the ATP calender it attracts so many big names if not the big prize money. It’s a privilege to be invited and be amongst such a star-studded cast.”

Judy, who flew to London specially for the big day gave a back-handed compliment saying: “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Considering who was playing I thought the standard was pretty good!”

Tongue in cheek, she added: “Andy was gutted to miss it – perhaps next year.”

Competition founder and organiser Stuart Higgins, a Lensbury member, said: “I’m really grateful to The Lensbury for allowing this motley crew to play each year. Without exception everyone who plays wants to come back next year, which is a wonderful tribute to The Lensbury, its facilities and its staff.”

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