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Tennis star serves an ace at Derbyshire-sponsored festival

Rising British men&#39s tennis star Jonathan Marray took time out from his busy schedule at the Nottingham Open last week to help coach youngsters at the Derbyshire Building Society-sponsored Festival of Tennis.

The 23-year-old, who is ranked 4th in the UK, took part in a number of coaching sessions with children, aged 6-11 years, from across the East Midlands at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The Festival of Tennis is an annual event which has run alongside the Nottingham Open since 1995.

The Derbyshire sponsored this year&#39s event, which saw more than 7,500 youngsters take part over five days.

In previous years, top stars Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Andy Roddick, Jonas Bjorkman, Pat Rafter and Jim Courier have all hit balls with the youngsters at the Festival of Tennis.

Lisa Allden, retail manager at The Derbyshire&#39s Long Eaton branch, said: “The Derbyshire is delighted to have been able to support the Festival of Tennis and play its part in introducing more young children, from across the social spectrum, to the fun and excitement the sport has to offer.”

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