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Notts ‘SERVES’ Up First Deaf Tennis Championship

LOCAL charity Nottingham Deaf Society (NDS) was proud to support the first ever World Deaf Tennis Championships, which took place in Nottingham last week.

More than 70 tennis players from over 20 countries including Japan, Austria, Netherlands, USA and host nation Great Britain took to the courts at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 20 to 26 July.

The championships included men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles draws and a junior event, where younger players were able to compete for the World Youth Championships. Great Britain’s Esah Hayat won the junior boys’ singles gold medal.

NDS also hosted a special event on Thursday, allowing players, coaches, officials and volunteers to celebrate the championships together.

Liz Terry, disability competitions manager for the Tennis Foundation said: “The support we’ve had to host the very first World Deaf Tennis Championships has been fantastic and just shows how much the sport is growing in Great Britain.

“Nottingham has always been a fantastic city for disability tennis with local sessions and international tournaments held here.

“To have the support of the Nottinghamshire Deaf along with many other key people involved in deaf sport, is a hugely generous gesture and one we are looking forward to very much.”

Irene Andrews, chief executive of the NDS, said: “We were delighted to support the championships in 2015. It is great to support such a fantastic sporting event for deaf people.”

For more details about deaf tennis opportunities in Great Britain visit www.deaftennis.org.uk.

Esah Hayat (GBR) 2015 World Deaf Tennis Championships, Nottingham. Date: Friday, July 24, 2015 Picture: Chris Vaughan/James Jordan Photography

Esah Hayat (GBR)
2015 World Deaf Tennis Championships, Nottingham.
Date: Friday, July 24, 2015
Picture: Chris Vaughan/James Jordan Photography

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