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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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Andy Murray Finishes the Year as Number One

Posted on: December 20th, 2016

The 2016 tennis season came to a close with last month’s ATP World Tour Finals, and it certainly provided all the tension and excitement we’ve come to expect from a season finale. Heading into this year’s finals, all eyes were on newly crowned world number one Andy Murray. Fresh off a history-making championship win in Paris, which saw him become the first British world number one since the introduction of computerised rankings in 1973, Murray looked to take the next step and finish off the year in the top spot. To cap off 2016, we’re taking a look at how Murray…

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Why You Should Use a SAPCA Approved Contractor for Your Courts

Posted on: November 30th, 2016

When it comes to keeping your tennis court, netball court or multi activity games area (MUGA) in the best possible condition, you need a contractor who is dedicated to providing the absolute best quality in to keep your courts healthy for as long as possible, from construction and installation, to future maintenance and repair. Whether it’s a private court or a public play area for a school or leisure centre, your court deserves the best, and that only comes with a SAPCA (Sports and Play Construction Association) approved contractor. In this article, we’re looking at what you can expect when you…

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What Does the Inaugural Netball Quad Series Mean for the Sport?

Posted on: October 25th, 2016

It’s always exciting when you have the opportunity to experience a brand new sporting event, and International Netball welcomed the anticipated Netball Quad Series last month. The tournament saw Australia and New Zealand co-hosting, welcoming England and South Africa to compete in a six match tournament. This month, we’re discussing both the tournament itself as well as what it might mean for the future of International Netball. Results First things first, the tournament saw four of the top five ranked netball teams in the world battle it out, with Australia, New Zealand and England making up the top three, and South…

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Back to School means Back to Netball: Why Netball is a Great Sport for Schools

Posted on: September 6th, 2016

The summer has drawn to a close and the new school year has finally begun, putting an end to the long holidays children nationwide have been enjoying over the past couple of months. While that means the return of the school run, and the hassle of making sure your kids are up and ready to go every morning, it also means the return of weekly PE lessons and school sports. Kids can get so much out of sport, and this month we’re taking a look at netball in particular, and why school netball sessions can provide great benefits to schoolchildren all…

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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 – The…

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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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Retirement of a Netball Great: Tamsin Greenway. Cue the Next Generation

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016

Charles Lawrence are interested in all things sports related, and like to keep up to date with all aspects of the sports that we cater for. With this in mind, this month we’re bidding farewell to the England netball mid-courter Tamsin Greenway, whose retirement from the sport last year lit the path for a new generation of netball stars. Tamsin Greenway: A career Tamsin made her debut on the England team in 2004 against South Africa and played her first Netball World Cup match in 2007, going on to represent England 67 times. Tamsin also won bronze medals in the Commonwealth…

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