Roger Federer opens revamped tennis courts

Roger Federer officially opened a council’s newly-revamped tennis courts on Thursday.

The 20-time grand slam winner visited Bostall Gardens, in Greenwich for the opening and was welcomed  by councillors, members of the LTA Tennis Foundation and tennis coaches.

Mr Federer unveiled the two tennis courts, which are the first of six potential park courts to be refurbished by Greenwich in partnership with the LTA, and joined budding tennis stars from Alexander McLeod Primary School and Abbey Wood Tennis Club for a coaching session.

Mr Federer said: “It makes me really happy to be here in London where I have such great memories over the years – the Olympics, the O2 Arena and then as well at Wimbledon.

“This court is one of the most beautiful in the world and I’m so happy to give it back to the community.

“Tennis is such a great sport for everybody getting together and seeing each other and just hanging out as well at the court.

“I really hope this place is going to be a place where people love to come, the community, the neighbours, and just have the best times and create memories for a lifetime.”

The courts have been painted in a special design by the internationally-acclaimed street art duo Low Bros, in association with Mercedes and Greenwich council.

Pictured top: From left, Cllr Adel Khaireh, Cllr Averil Lekau, Tom Gibbins of the LTA, Abbey Wood tennis club coach Kiptieu Sheriff, Christoph Schmidt of Low Bros, Roger Federer, two young members of Abbey Wood Tennis Club, Bettina Fetzer of Mercedes Benz and Florin Schmidt of Low Bros (Picture: Greenwich council)

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