British number one, Tim Henman, enjoyed hitting with some of the country's top juniors at the opening of the LTA's Tennis Academy at the University of Bath shortly before Christmas. Tim was playing with the Academy members on the new 8 GreenSet GRAND PRIX cushioned acrylic courts installed by Doe in the new Tennis Hall during the summer of 2003.
DOE had already built up a strong working relationship with the University of Bath on two previous tennis projects. As Ged Roddy, Director of Sport at the University says: "We've renewed an old and trusted friendship in creating this performance tennis environment by again selecting Doe to provide our court surfaces. Doe first became involved with us when they constructed our 8 outdoor courts for the European Youth Olympic Games here in 1995. Two years later they installed our first indoor courts and are now back with us again for this third and most ambitious stage of our programme pursuing tennis excellence.
Tim Henman speaking at the Press Conference before the official opening said - "I really believe in creating academy environments where players of all ages train together, The Bath Academy players will get to train with top coaches and athletes from other sports in world-class facilities on these competition Grand Prix courts. Everything is here to help players reach their full potential."
Bath Academy Head, Simon Jones, was involved in designing the new academy. "We wanted to ensure everything was perfect for training Britain's best players, from design, layout to facilities," he said. "we already have a great team spirit. This also works for the coaches who can learn from each other, and keep raising the standards."
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