Free tennis lessons for 20,000 children across the UK

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is set to follow up last year’s launch of Tennis for Kids with an expanded programme of free lessons for children aged five to eight. Nearly 1,000 LTA coaches have undertaken training to deliver the course of six lessons.

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Tennis Coach Ireland National Conference

This year’s Tennis Coach Ireland National Conference will take place at Dublin City University on 25th September. The conference is open to qualified coaches through recognised training systems. Speakers at this year’s event include former International Tennis Federation members such as Dave Miley, David Wilson and Robert Cherry. There will also be a talk from LTA Master Performance Coach, Kris Soutar. Human Kinetics books will be available to buy at the event. Find out more Subscribe to our newsletters Every month Human Kinetics produces three unique email Newsletters, packed with great articles, events and news, plus information on our latest … Continue reading Tennis Coach Ireland National Conference

Sharapova admits to failing drugs test

MeldoniumMaria Sharapova revealed on Monday that she had failed a drugs test at this year’s Australian Open.

But what is known about the substance she was taking and why was the Russian taking it after The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced as far back as September 2015, of its intention to add the drug to the banned list?

Meldonium, also known as mildronate the name by which Sharapova knew the drug, is used to treat ischaemia, a condition which causes a lack of blood flow to parts of the body.

The drug increases blood flow of sufferers of the condition, but also improves exercise capacity in athletes which is why it was added to the WADA’s list of banned substances.

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Tennis match fixing allegations

Secret files exposing evidence of widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon, have been revealed by the BBC and BuzzFeed News.

Over the last decade, 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions they have thrown matches.

All of the players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were allowed to continue competing.

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