Can Fishbourne find a Wimbledon-speed serving star?

Fishbourne tennis coach JJ Bone with the speed gun
Fishbourne tennis coach JJ Bone with the speed gun

Fishbourne Tennis Club’s open day this Saturday will show visitors a thing or two about the sport –­ including how fast their serve is.

Using the latest digital speed gun technology, the club aim to see if anyone can match the aces they blast out at Wimbledon of up to 130mph.

So far the record at Fishbourne is 113mph –­ but all are welcome to come along to the courts at the Fishbourne Centre in Blackboy Lane between 2pm and 4.30pm to try to beat it.

As well as the speed-serving competition, with prizes for fastest of the day for adults and juniors, there will be a demonstration of the new keep-fit craze, cardio tennis. It’s tennis to disco music with no scoring but lots of running around and it’s already a huge hit in Fishbourne with weekly classes for men and women.

Fishbourne TC coaching partner Generation Tennis, who runs group and individual coaching classes for players of all abilities and ages, will have coaches on hand to hone techniques and help rusty players get back into the swing. Club members from all age groups will be available for a game with visitors.

Racquets and balls will be provided and complimentary light refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

To coincide with the open day the club are announcing details of a summer 2014 membership promotion with special family memberships available until the end of September from just £75 a year for one adult and up to two juniors under-18, or two adults and up to four juniors for £150.

Fishbourne TC have four courts, two of them floodlit. As well as the popular five-times-a-week mix-in club sessions, members can play at other times for no additional cost. The club have their own tournaments, take on teams from other clubs in the area and enjoy a varied line-up of social and fun events.