Davis Cup winners celebrate success with Greenhouse Sports tennis pupils
Kids from Greenhouse Sports tennis programmes at Cumberland School and St Paul’s Way Trust got the chance to meet the triumphant Davis Cup winners at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre last week. The British tennis team champions – who were on their way back from meeting the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street – arrived to celebrate their win to the cheers of more than 150 schoolchildren from East London.
The Davis Cup team were also joined by GB’s top wheelchair tennis players – Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley – who were training hard ahead of their season-end spectacular Masters, which featured the world’s top twenty players.
After they arrived, the kids grilled Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot and captain Leon Smith, before having their photo taken with the Davis Cup trophy. Here are some of their fantastic questions:
Georgia Hall from Cumberland School: How do you feel nerves affect you when you play tennis?
Andy Murray: Well some people see nerves as something negative but I see them as very positive. They make me play better and that can only be a good thing.
Joy Watkins from Cumberland School: How many hours did you train every week when you were in secondary school?
Jamie Ward: It was a long time ago now but maybe an hour and half every day from Monday to Friday. Maybe I should have done more. It wasn’t always easy to get a court plus I had to complete schooling which I was keen to finish like these other guys on the team.
Hamza Mohammed, St Paul’s Way Trust School: How much do you need to eat to be a tennis player?
Dominic Inglot: It’s different for everyone – I probably eat a little more than anyone else here. It’s more important to think about what you eat not how much you eat. How much proteins and that kind of thing. But you’ve got to treat yourself as well so I eat a pizza now and again.
Also speaking at the event, British No.1 and 2015 US Open Champion Jordanne Whiley said: “It was brilliant to see the Davis Cup team and so many school kids today and their achievements are a real inspiration to me to keep working hard and achieving in wheelchair tennis.”
Two-time doubles Grand Slam champion and British men’s No.1 Gordon Reid added: “After winning the wheelchair tennis version of Davis Cup earlier this year as part of the men’s GB World Team Cup team, it was fantastic to see GB success continue over the weekend and to celebrate with the Davis Cup team at the Masters today. This will hopefully inspire more people of all abilities to pick up a racket and have fun playing tennis themselves.”