If you've ever played tennis, you know the small thrill that opening a brand new tube of fresh tennis balls brings. Well, multiply that by five new resurfaced tennis courts and add a sprinkling of local dignitaries and you can imagine how high the levels of excitement were this week.

And if someone (in this case, the LTA and Sheffield City Council) is kind enough to provide you with lovely new courts, well it would just be rude not to play on them.


So we had a little exhibition match, with Jeff Hunter (MD of Parks Tennis, who run court bookings and coaching sessions at High Hazels and throughout the city) and Sam Salt, (a local Sheffield tennis coach) taking on Conor Tordoff and Joseph Billington, both rising Sheffield tennis stars, looking to shine on their home patch.

Honour prevents me from revealing the outcome of the match, but as Jeff so rightly summarized, "Tennis was the winner!".

And that was the message from Clive Betts MP, Councillor Isobel Bowler, Paul Billington, Director of Culture & Environment SCC, and Paul Sheard LTA Tennis Participation Manager, who gave their full support to the mission of bringing low-cost tennis and coaching for all ages and abilities to Sheffield's public parks.

New courts? Low cost coaching? What are you waiting for - time to put on your trainers and go hit it.