WORLD-CLASS tennis players took time out of their busy schedules to treat youngsters at a primary school to a demonstration of their skills.
British number four Tara Moore, Anna Smith, ranked number 11 in Britain, and Gabriela Dabrowski, who is number four in Canada, wowed the six to 11 year olds at Biddick Primary School in Washington.
The three young international players are taking part in the Aegon Pro Series event at Sunderland Tennis Centre this week, but jumped at the chance to pay the appreciative youngsters a visit.
The women have all played at Grand Slam and international events, including at Wimbledon, the US Open and in their countries’ Federation Cup – the female equivalent of Davies Cup.
Performing a round of exhibition tennis in front of an excited audience on a makeshift court set up in the school hall, the girls showed off a number of skilful tricks.
Some pupils were then selected at random to play a game of doubles with the stars.
The visit ended with a question-and-answer session, followed by signing of autographs.
Sunderland Tennis Centre’s tennis manager Graham Fowler said: “The kids thoroughly enjoyed it. They were clapping and cheering. The staff seemed to enjoy it as much if not more.” Aegon Pro Series Sunderland runs until Sunday and is free for spectators to attend.
It features both male and female tennis players and is held indoors. Parking at the Silksworth Lane centre is free.
Details of fixtures and results are available at the Lawn Tennis Association website, www.lta.org.uk