Anyone for tennis in Butchers Row, Barnstaple, this Saturday?

WIMBLEDON mania is quite literally taking to the streets of Barnstaple on Saturday. Youngsters from The Tarka Tennis Centre are setting up a net across Butcher s Row on Saturday morning to show off their skills and promote tennis to local people. To comp

WIMBLEDON mania is quite literally taking to the streets of Barnstaple on Saturday.

Youngsters from The Tarka Tennis Centre are setting up a net across Butcher's Row on Saturday morning to show off their skills and promote tennis to local people.

To complement the action, traders in the Pannier Market are offering special deals all day on strawberries.

Lead Member for Community and Leisure Cllr Dick Jones said: "We are hoping to transform Butcher's Row into Centre Court, if only briefly, and show off some of the up and coming talent we are growing right here in North Devon.


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"Not only is it a great opportunity to promote tennis as a sport, but there's also a chance to taste some of the superb local produce on offer in the Pannier Market."

The tennis net will be in place for about 30 minutes from 10.30am, but Tarka Tennis and council staff will be on hand throughout the day to talk about the sport.

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One aspect they will be giving information on is how to get tickets for the Aegon Pro-Series Tournament, being held at The Tarka Tennis Centre in October. This ladies competition attracts many of the world's up and coming players, who often progress to compete on the main ATP and WTA Tours.

Staff will also be on hand to talk about the Devon Games to Inspire (GTI,) being on Sunday, July 5 in Barnstaple. Hosted by North Devon Council, the games will see young people representing their district council areas in a variety of traditional and more contemporary street sports. Again, the GTI tennis competition is being held at The Tarka Tennis Centre and is free to anyone who wants to watch.

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