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Former professionals Luke Milligan and James Auckland help launch bubble at Bishop's Stortford Lawn Tennis Club




The weather failed to dampen spirits as Bishop's Stortford Lawn Tennis Club officially launched their new 'bubble' with the help of two former professional stars.

Strong winds meant they were unfortunately unable to get the transparent dome, which is part of a £250,000 upgrade project at the Cricketfield Lane club, up in time for the grand unveiling.

But it was still a hugely successful day as Luke Milligan, who reached the third round of Wimbledon in 1996, and James Auckland, who got to No 57 in the world doubles rankings in 2007, provided expert coaching to more than 70 members.

Luke Milligan, in blue, and James Auckland with youngsters at Bishop's Stortford Lawn Tennis Club's bubble' launch. Picture: Alison Jenkins
Luke Milligan, in blue, and James Auckland with youngsters at Bishop's Stortford Lawn Tennis Club's bubble' launch. Picture: Alison Jenkins

And, thanks to the generosity of local businesses who provided raffle prizes, the club were also able to raise enough money on the day to fund a year of coaching sessions for Grove Cottage.

Following the coaching there were three exhibition matches, starting with one of the club's older juniors, Zac Blaney, pairing up with Steve Gallagher to take on the special guests, who were representing the charity Bright Ideas for Tennis.

Joys de Graaf and Janet Goldsworthy split up for a mixed doubles match that was won by the latter and Milligan 10-7, before juniors Luke Dunham and Louis Benzing pitted their skills against the duo.



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