Search is on for beautiful British courts

Greg Hayward, a former Norfolk tennis coach, has put down his racket and picked up a camera in order to embark on a project to discover Britain's most beautiful tennis court.

Hayward, 26, will be producing a photo book of British courts in attractive settings and has been asking the general public to nominate their local court.

A member of Cromer Tennis Club, Hayward trained in county development squads as a junior but notes that he always had an interest in photography:

'I would often produce albums of us all playing at tournaments such as Cromer and Hunstanton, it was just something that I loved doing,' he said.

After setting up Greg Hayward Photography and offering his services as a wedding and event photographer, he decided on the project which would combine his two main interests in an unusual way.


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Support has already come from various local LTA councils including Devon, Cumbria, Scotland, Northumberland, Durham and Cleveland, Shropshire and Staffordshire who each have posted a plea for nominations on their web pages.

Hayward has even contacted LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper who said: 'It sounds like a great idea and I'm sure it's something we can help and assist with.'

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Shooting for the book will begin in April and continue through to February 2012 as Hayward, originally from Thorpe Market near Cromer, travels the country in a motor home to reach every court that is nominated.

Hayward insists that he is not just looking for famous arenas such as the iconic centre court at the All-England Club, Wimbledon: 'Beauty can be seen in many ways; I am searching for courts in the most beautiful settings and also Britain's hidden, but not forgotten, secret tennis courts.'

He added: 'I would like the public to get involved; by nominating a court that they have played at or know of. These tennis courts can range from the famous, to park courts, club courts or even your own.'

To nominate email info@beautifultenniscourtsofbritain.co.uk including a photograph and details of where the tennis court is along with a short sentence of why it's the most beautiful court in Britain.

Further details can be found at http://www.beautifultenniscourtsofbritain.co.uk/

Hayward has also set up a Facebook page for the project, 'Beautiful Tennis Courts of Britain.'

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