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The 2017 Australian Open: What to Look Out For

Posted on: January 6th, 2017

We’re not far into 2017 but we’re already eager to kick off the tennis new year, and we won’t be waiting long at all. The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, and it’s shaping up to be a fascinating event. There will be plenty to sink your teeth into once the Open starts on January 16th, so in this article we’re looking at some of the most exciting and intriguing things to keep an eye out for to make sure you’re fully prepared for the action. Rivalry resumed We start where we left off in 2016,…

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The Rise of Wheelchair Tennis

Posted on: August 9th, 2016

The 2016 Paralympic Games will soon be taking place, and it promises to be an incredibly inspiring event with some of the world’s most impressive athletes looking to bring home the medals for their country. One of the most popular paralympic sports – and one with a particularly rich history – is wheelchair tennis. The sport has seen substantial growth over the years, so we thought we’d take a closer look at its history and development. History of wheelchair tennis Wheelchair tennis made its debut as a demonstration event in the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games and became a full medal event…

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The Top Ten Wimbledon Tennis Players of All Time

Posted on: July 9th, 2016

As the 130th edition of Wimbledon came to an exciting close earlier this month, we’ve decided to take a look at the top Wimbledon players from the tournament’s long and storied history. Wimbledon is the most prestigious Grand Slam tournament on the calendar and has played host to not only many fantastic matches, but many special players. There have been hundreds of standout male and female competitors but we’re going to narrow it down to the top five of each, those who have made Wimbledon the tournament and spectacle it is today. Top 5 female Wimbledon players   Venus Williams –…

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Wimbledon: Surprising Traditions You Might Not Know!

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and has been steeped in tradition since the first incarnation in 1877. There are many aspects of Wimbledon that haven’t seen much change over the years and it is through these traditions that Wimbledon upholds its strong identity – sometimes more so than the tennis itself! The team here at Charles Lawrence will definitely be glued to this year’s upcoming tournament, but until then, we’ve put together this list of some of the most interesting Wimbledon traditions that make the tournament what it is today. Rufus the Hawk A relatively new addition…

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ATP French Open 2016: The Most Open It’s Ever Been?

Posted on: May 15th, 2016

Presently, the French Open is underway at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris. The world’s premier clay court championship event is thought to be wide open this year after firm men’s singles favourite and former nine-time champion Rafael Nadal lost the title to Stanislas Wawrinka in the the 2015 French Open, and with other players such as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray currently ranking well above his fifth place slot, it seems like all is still to play for in the bid for this year’s title. With such an exciting few weeks ahead in the tennis world, this month the team…

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Jordanne Whiley: Doubles Grand Slam Champion Putting Wheelchair Tennis On The Map

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016

  As leading experts in tennis court installation and tennis court maintenance, Charles Lawrence aim to keep up to date with all developments of the sport in order to ensure we can offer the most informative service we can to all of our customers. It is with this in mind that we are pleased to bring you news of Jordanne Whiley, the seven time Grand Slam Champion who is redefining wheelchair tennis and aiming to make the sport much more accessible to those with physical impairments and increase the popularity of the game. Jordanne Whiley’s career so far The impressive 23-year-old…

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Age is Just a Number – Britain’s Oldest Tennis Player!

Posted on: October 9th, 2015

    Tennis is a fantastic sport that’s growing in popularity. We’re seeing an increased interest in tennis courts and tennis court maintenance amongst our clients, and we think inspirations like 93-year-old Gordon Burdfield, who is proving that age is just a number and showing up competitors less than half his age with his impressive backhand, might well be a factor for the growing appreciation of the sport!   Keeping fit Hampshire resident and great-grandfather, Gordon, began playing tennis aged 13, keeping up the game for 8 decades, and only taking a small hiatus aged 17 when he enlisted in the…

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Wimbledon 2015 – Analysing the Superstars Moving Into the Grass Court Tennis season

Posted on: June 28th, 2015

  Today’s tennis fans are spoilt for choice, with players of the highest calibre both on and off the court. Not even the best are dead-certs to win though (remember the French Open), so how are the top stars shaping up in the grass court this season? With seventeen Grand Slam singles titles, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is one of the all-time greats. Although he reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, the Swiss will be relieved to have swapped clay for grass. Reaching the age of thirty is no longer a bar to tennis success, but despite staying second…

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Tennis Court Design: Considerations when designing your court

Posted on: September 20th, 2014

Whether you are tipped to be the next Andy Murray or you have never picked up a racquet before, the accessibility of tennis as an all-round sport has made it extremely popular all over the world today. It’s adaptability means this sport can be played in many different locations, with various surface materials and court sizes on offer to suit individual requirements and specifications.   Types of surface Tennis court surface design has developed significantly since its creation in the 19th century, progressing from grassy lawns and fields to state-of-the-art modern court surfaces, all of which are ideal for high performance…

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Hong Kong prepares for its first WTA Tennis Open

Posted on: August 19th, 2014

Integrating sport into local communities across the world is an excellent way of improving health and teaching the value of sportsmanship. Once traditionally considered an English sport, tennis is gaining global popularity and has earned its place as one of the most played sports in the world.   Drawing in thousands of spectators at every event, Grand Slam matches and championship tournaments have delivered an excellent promotional platform for beginners and professionals alike to pick up a racquet and have a go themselves!   Currently dominated by Americans, Europeans and Australians, tennis is extending its popularity beyond these regions to gain…

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