Youngsters have an ace time at Wimbledon

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Future tennis stars had an ace time when they visited Wimbledon last week.

The youngsters from St John’s CE Primary School in Ripley travelled down to the All England Club on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of some tantalising tennis.

They were lucky enough to see stars including this year’s runner-up Roger Federer and British hopeful Andy Murray, who lost his quarter-final match at the hands of rising star Grigor Dimitrov.

And the children had the chance to play a spot of the sport with coaches from the Lawn Tennis Association – even seeing their serve speeds thanks to Hawk-Eye.

Chris Howarth, deputy headteacher at St John’s CE Primary School, said: “It was a long day but the children had a great time and loved the whole experience with many of them now wanting to go a play tennis at their local club in Ripley.

“This supports our continued commitment to ensuring the legacy of the London Olympics 2012 lives on through giving the children opportunities to be inspired.”

Pupil Maisie Wooler said: “It was a really exciting day and centre court was amazing. We even saw Prince William and Kate!”

Grace Weston added: “It was great fun watching Andy Murray and the court looked bigger than on the television.”

The pupils – who are all members of the school’s tennis club – were able to enjoy the day out after clinching tickets in a ballot.