Taylor’s final tribute to mum

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FORMER Sheffield tennis champion Lilian Taylor, mother and early coach of one of Britain’s greatest ever tennis stars, Roger Taylor, was laid to rest yesterday.

Lilian, who didn’t start playing tennis until she was 33 but soon became an established player in the area, died in a Dinnington nursing home aged 95.

The lifelong Sheffield United fan was laid to rest at City Road Crematorium.

Lilian introduced Roger to the game when he was young, and Roger was runner-up in an Under 15 tournament at Hallamshire aged ten.

Through his mother’s encouragement and enthusiasm, Roger blossomed in his teens and, obviously a player of talent and some potential, went down to London when he was 17 to pursue a career in the game.

He went on to become Britain’s top player, three times a Wimbledon semi-finalist and, a few years ago, Davis Cup captain.

“It didn’t matter if it was dark half an hour after school finished, we’d be out there while it was light enough,” Roger said.