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Wimbledon inspires more people to play tennis

Johanna Konta launches a backhand in the first set against Venus Williams
Image: British success at Wimbledon has inspired more people to play tennis

The success of British tennis players at Wimbledon this year has coincided with more people playing tennis during the fortnight than last year.

British No 1's Johanna Konta and Andy Murray both reached the quarter-finals, making it the first time two British players had got to the last eight in both singles events since 1973.

Konta continued to the semi-finals, becoming the first British woman to reach the last four since Virginia Wade in 1978.

Britain's Johanna Konta reacts after winning the second set tie-break against Romania's Simona Halep during their women's singles quarter-final match
Image: Johanna Konta beat Simona Halep to reach the semi-finals

While all that was happening the LTA saw an increase of 7.6 per cent (131,019) of people playing tennis compared to June 2016.

The LTA also found a 30 per cent increase in the number of tennis court hours booked through its website during Wimbledon fortnight, compared with bookings in the two weeks before Wimbledon.

Britain's Andy Murray returns against US player Sam Querrey during their men's singles quarter-final match on the ninth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Champions
Image: Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals but was beaten by Sam Querrey

LTA Participation Director Alastair Marks said: "At a time when more and more people are enjoying the resurgence of British tennis, it's great to see that translating into more people actually getting out there and having fun on court.

"It is a sport for all the family to enjoy and why initiatives like the Great British tennis Weekend and tennis for Kids keep on growing year on year.

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"We hope that the enjoyment of Wimbledon continues to inspire the nation to pick up a racket and have a go."

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