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Bevan Dudley plans for he and his family to be regulars hitting forehands and slices at the Hope Tennis Club this season. Motivated by oldest son Nathan, who wants to take up the sport again after a couple of years away, Bevan is also keen to introduce his three-year-old daughter to the game when the time is right. “I’ve played socially and done a business house competition as well, so it’ll be good to get back into it.”

Dudley said the thought of playing alongside his son was an advantage. “The thought of getting some rallies going together will be exciting for both him and I and he has the willingness to learn.”

This weekend eight tennis clubs across Nelson, including Hope, will open their facilities for families to try the sport.

The ‘Love Tennis’ initiative will see courts open from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Rackets and equipment will be supplied to anyone keen to give it a go, with spot prizes.

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