Tennis Talk: Strictly Judy

Judy Murray, Tennis Coach, British Fed Cup Captain and mother of British Number One Andy Murray and Doubles Champion Jamie has swapped tennis balls for glitter balls and sequins as she steps into the limelight on this years Strictly Come Dancing reality show.

p025vfjnJudy Murray steps into the limelight for her stint on Strictly Come Dancing

Murray, 55 has been paired with Strictly favourite and all round cheeky chappie Anton De Beke on the dancing reality show that was launched on the BBC on Sunday evening.

Murray said on the BBC One Strictly website ‘I think that Jamie and Andy will be nervous in a ‘Don’t you dare embarrass us’ kind of way!

Murray who trained as tennis coach inspired both sons to start playing tennis at a young age, and now they’re Britain’s top players, with Andy being the first British male player to win the Wimbledon singles title in seventy seven years in 2013.  Murray herself won sixty-four tennis titles in Scotland during her playing career, but choose her education over competing on the International tennis circuit.

In 2012 Murray created Set4Sport, an initiative to get families more active. Inspired by her experience playing with her own boys, the scheme is all about playing games and having fun in a family environment, using everyday household objects as equipment.

Read more about Judy Murray, her strictly bio and video on BBC here

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Hampshire Court Adult Programme

The Totally Tennis adult coaching programme at Hampshire Court has many opportunities for players to improve both their tennis and fitness. Under the leadership of coach Shyam Vithlani and the team of coaches, who are all LTA qualified and licensed, coach sessions for players of all abilities, from beginner to advanced. This week sees the start of a new adult beginners course on Thursday 11th September.

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Here’s what’s available (sessions marked with a C are Coach led sessions)

*NEW* Beginners Course

A step by step course designed to help players learn or improve their game. Players are provided with a sound knowledge of the basic strokes and tactics and by the end of the course confidence on the tennis court will be improved.

Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm (starts 11th September)

Cost: £60


Cardio Tennis (C)

Cardio Tennis is for the fitness enthusiast. Each session has a series of tennis-based drills and activities played to up-tempo music on the tennis court. It does not require amazing tennis skills as it’s all about keeping your heart rate up, burning calories and having fun. Whether the ball goes in or out is irrelevant as the main purpose is to get fit.

Wednesday 6:30pm – 7:30pm and Thursday 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

Cost: Free to HC members

 Some of the Hampshire Court Ladies

Ladies Morning (C)

This Ladies only session provides a healthy mixture of coaching and social matchplay. An excellent opportunity to enjoy tennis in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Wednesday 9:30am – 11:00am

Cost: £10

Drills (C)

Adult Drills sessions are highly energetic, designed to increase overall fitness and improve a player’s game. An excellent way to practice strokes and tactics.

Monday 11am – 12pm and Tuesday 7pm – 8pm

Cost: £6.50

Men’s & Ladies Club Session

Club sessions provide match play in a relaxed atmosphere for club members.

Men ~ Monday’s 8:30pm

Ladies ~ Monday’s 7pm, Tuesday and Thursday’s 9:30am


Match Play (C)

Designed for the more experienced player who wants to add something new to their game, not working too much on the basic shots but teaching more specialised strokes and tactics for doubles and singles. Players who are not confident on the basics should try the beginner’s course first.

Wednesday 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Cost: £6.50

Adult Club Night

This session helps players to improve all aspects of their game. Each session will consist of a tactical theme which will be coached through a series of drills and open games; this will then be put into practice with matchplay.

Friday 7pm – 9pm

Cost: FREE to HC members

Private lessons are available for individuals or as a group. Private lessons provide players with the opportunity of more tailored coaching with the added advantage of flexible lesson times. Lessons are arranged directly with the coach at mutually suitable times. Please call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or e-mail for private individual and group lesson rates.