A VETERAN Mansfield tennis player hopes her success at national level can spur on a new generation of players in the town.
Ann Brown, who players for Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club, recently won the British National Grass Court Championpships in the Over 50’s section for the third time in her career after another impressive display.
And Ann, who only joined the club in order to meet new people after moving to the area from Wales, now hopes that her success in Oxford can inspire younger players at the club on to bigger and better things.
“It is always good to win. Any win at national level is a great feeling and I am delighted to have win this tournament again,” she said.
“I have trained hard at the club and I hope my win will give Mansfield Tennis Club some recognition and publicity, because many people do not know it is even there.
“The club has played a massive part in my success and I am very lucky to have a grass court tennis club on my doorstep. There are not many grass court clubs around these days because of the expense of maintaining the surface.
“I hope that young players at the club will see the success I have had and want to achieve it for themselves.”
Ambitious Ann, who won the high-profile event in Oxford after the tournament was switched from Wimbledon to accommodate the Olympic games, now has her eyes on a fourth national title.
Said Ann: “I would have prefered to win at Wimbledon, Wimbledon is such an amazing atmosphere. There is no place like it, but the club in Oxford is a very nice club with excellent facilities. I am just happy to have won the tournament again.
“I really love the sport and enjoy playing. I train when I can to keep my fitness levels good, because it’s no good having the shots if you do not have the fitness level to back it up.
“While I am still fit, you never know what might happen
Ann also represented her country when she travelled to South America with the veteran Team GB squad.