AS Solihull’s own Dan Evans vies for the position of Britain’s No 2 tennis player, the borough council is drawing up plans to get more people playing the sport.
The proposals being prepared by council officers, in conjunction with representatives from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), would aim to increase the number of people picking up a racket.
The plan was devised on the back of last summer’s Olympics and the success of Andy Murray – the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since 1936.
While there are ten tennis clubs already established in the borough – and more than 80 courts – the council wants to encourage new players.
Possible plans to increase participation include improving facilities, persuading more schools to play the sport and organising a borough-wide tournament.
The plan would put particular emphasis on encouraging women and disabled people to get involved in the game, as well as making tennis more affordable – a common complaint of residents questioned is that coaching and associated costs are too high.
In a report considered by the neighbourhood services committee in June, the council said it would be seeking financial support from the LTA and that the extent of the plan will be determined following discussions with the organisation – tennis’ national governing body.
l Turn to the sports pages, to read about Dan’s progress to the US Open third round - the latest success for the 23-year-old.