Tennis: Summer of events led by Wimbledon champ

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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray began his defence of the Wimbledon doubles title yesterday alongside partner Colin Fleming.

The British duo took on Slovakians Martin Klizan and Igor Zelenay for a place in the second round and a meeting against the Czech Republic’s Frantisek Cermak and another Slovakian Michal Mertinak.

Meanwhile some of the country’s finest under-14 tennis players will compete in Sheffield as part of Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre’s programme this summer.

More than 450 of Britain’s top junior players are taking part in the Sheffield Junior Open to be held at Graves on July 28 to August 3. Boys and girls will compete in a week-long singles event in age groups including under 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.

The Sheffield Schools Finals were hosted by Graves, with the year three and four primary school competition as well as the secondary school final between King Edward’s and Park Academy. The past few months have seen schools such as Nether Green, St Marie’s, Marlcliffe, Emmaus, Prince Edward’s and St John Fisher, competing in order to qualify for the finals.

This summer will also see Graves host the AEGON Team Tennis National School Finals for the second time. Following regional knockouts, the country’s top 16 secondary school teams will battle to be crowned national champions on July 9 to 12.