Jo Louis play Wimbledon's Centre Court

PUBLISHED: 10:39 24 June 2010

Jo Louis who graced the centre court at Wimbledon prior to the start of the 2010 tournament

Jo Louis who graced the centre court at Wimbledon prior to the start of the 2010 tournament


WHILE Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the Williams sisters were practicing on the outside courts last weekend, Jo Louis, manager of Exmouth Tennis & Leisure Centre was playing on Wimbledon's famous Centre Court. Partnering her British veteran's team mate Lorrayne Gracie, Jo took on former British number one and BBC commentator Sam Smith, and her partner Linda Mottram, sister of former British men's champion Buster Mottram.

There was no need for Centre Court’s £80million retractable roof as the sun shone brightly, and Jo and Lorrayne won 6-3, 8-6.

Jo was playing on Centre Court as a part of a series of ‘play test’ matches. These all-important matches are held on the Saturday before the Wimbledon Championships to test the court, score board and Hawk Eye system are all working correctly.

“Walking out and playing on Centre Court was an incredible experience. As a child growing up playing tennis, you dream of playing on Centre Court and I know how incredibly lucky and privileged I have been to play on the World’s most famous tennis court. With a seating capacity of just 15,000, the court felt very intimate and the grass had an incredibly true bounce.

It was difficult to concentrate on playing the game though, as we just wanted to keep looking around to savour the moment.”

You can play tennis with Jo and the team of coaches at Exmouth Tennis & Leisure Centre by participating in one of the tennis coaching courses and classes held throughout the year. Plus, on Sunday 11th July, Jo and the team will be hosting a Free Family Tennis Day from 10am - 2pm, providing help and support for everyone who wants to come along and give tennis a go. And, if you’re getting Wimbledon fever, the Tennis Centre is offering free courts this Sunday (27th) and on 4th July – just turn up and report to reception.

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