Chatteris Tennis Club chairman wins national award for his dedication over five decades to the game
A Fenland tennis stalwart has won recognition for his 45 years of dedication to a local club.
Simon Grainger, who picked up the regional lifetime achievement award for his services to Chatteris St Peter's Tennis Club, has now been given national recognition by the Lawn Tennis Association.
After winning the Lawn Tennis Association Central and East Region Lifetime Achievement Award last month he was invited as a candidate for the national award and on Tuesday he scooped the prize and rubbed shoulders with royalty when he collected it at Wimbledon.
Simon, 55,who started playing at the club in St Peter's Drive, when his mum Enid took him for a game aged five is now its chairman.
Thanks to him and his leadership the club has thrived and gone from two simple grass courts, offering only summer playing, to having four hard courts, a new clubhouse and floodlighting allowing all year round play.
Over 40 years he has played tennis for the club’s Men’s A and Mixed A teams, for the majority of that time he has also served as Men’s A Captain. In addition he has won numerous, singles, doubles and mixed titles and now also plays in the Cambs Veterans League.
The award recognises much more than just Simon’s tennis playing talents. As club treasurer for over 20 years and in more recent years also as club chairman and his work to develop facilities that has meant the club doubling its membership.
As a result there is greater participation by the club in local leagues, enhanced provision of coaching for both juniors and adults and the development of a club which provides a broad programme of social events and tournaments.
Picking up the award at Wimbledon on Wednesday Simon not only met Judy Murray, mum of champion Andy Murray, but was also picked to have a chat with the Duchess of Sussex who was interested to learn about the Chatteris club and how it has developed.