Swindon town centre will host its very own Centre Court as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships swing into action next week.
The Swindon Borough Council-run Delta Tennis Centre has teamed up with inSwindon to provide a mini tennis zone at Wharf Green complete with a full-size court with umpire’s chair, artificial grass and a picnic area under the Big Screen.
Delta Tennis Centre coaches will also be on hand to provide free tennis coaching, games and competitions.
The sessions will take place from 10am to around 5pm on Thursday 23 June and Thursday 30 June, as well as during Wimbledon’s grand finale on Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, when the finals take place.
The Wimbledon-themed event will also feature stands selling strawberries and cream, Pimm’s and lemonade and fruit juice on Saturday 2 July, while families are invited to bring along a picnic so they can watch the drama of the tennis championships on the Big Screen.
Wheelchair tennis players will also play exhibition matches on the specially made court and there will be mini tennis demonstrations.
Delta Tennis Centre manager Jean-Paul Wyburn said: “It’s going to be a great experience, both for us and the public.
“To be able to provide a tennis experience in the town centre beneath the Big Screen where matches are being screened from Wimbledon is fantastic.”
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services, said: “The Wimbledon Tennis Championships is always a superb spectacle, but you don’t have to be as good as Andy Murray to play tennis.
“The tennis zone is a great way for people of all abilities to try tennis for themselves under the guidance of our excellent Delta coaches and to find out more about the varied programme we run at the Delta Tennis Centre.”
Delta Tennis Centre in Westlea has four indoor and three outdoor courts – two of which are floodlit. It was opened by tennis fan Princess Diana in 1989, during her only official visit to Swindon.
For more information about Delta Tennis Centre call 01793 445555 or 01793 465490.