Murray fever can inspire a new generation of players

Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy
Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy

Andy Murray can inspire the next generation of tennis enthusiasts in Bucks according to Halton Tennis Centre and Capre, the Register of Children’s Activity Professionals.

Speaking after Murray’s historic Wimbledon win over world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday, Halton Tennis Centre’s Camilla Hayward says she has already seen a difference.

“The kids were down there on Sunday with all the kit on pretending to be Murray and it really has been Murray fever,” she said.

When asked if Murray’s win would lead to more children playing the sport, Hayward added: “I think most definitely, I’ve already noticed an increase with all the activities we do here.”

Meanwhile Capre has called for schools and physical activity providers in the county to ensure that children who are inspired by Murray’s heroics are supported by trained and qualified professionals like those at Halton.

Capre warned there is a danger that the wait for another British tennis champion could be lengthy if schoolchildren aren’t given the opportunity to take up the sport.

Ian Taylor, CEO of SkillsActive, which owns Capre, said: “The whole nation will be energised and enthused by Andy Murray’s well-deserved Wimbledon win.

“We want to ensure that children in Bucks are given every opportunity to give tennis a go while being encouraged and supervised.”