FORMER world number five and British number one, Jo Durie, recently helped Stony Stratford Tennis Club celebrate their junior successes at the annual Tennis Works presentation evening.
As part of a two-day visit to Milton Keynes organised by Tennis Works, she and coach Alan Jones took some time out to spend an evening with parents, club officials, junior members and the coaching team of Stony Stratford as junior members were acknowledged and rewarded for their efforts over the past year.
Tennis Works started at Stony Stratford in June 2011 and since then the programme has doubled in size, with the club’s membership being the highest it has even been in its 100-year history.
The presentation evening was a huge success with nearly 100 people in attendance at the Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford with Tennis Works directors, John Cavill and Melvyn Jones hosting the night.
They all got to hear about Durie’s experiences in tennis, from her humble beginnings through to the experience of walking out onto centre court at the US Open with 25,000 people watching her.
She has been a supporter of Tennis Works since 2009 when she previously visited the area and during her speech said: “I really do applaud the hard work and commitment that the club has put in to making it such a success.
“I’ve had a wonderful life through tennis and to see so many youngsters starting out on this journey in tennis is fantastic.”
The finale of the evening was the presentation of the Player of the Year Cup – awarded to 11-year-old Emily Honor for her incredible improvement over 2011 which led to her winning the three club championships.