A POPULAR and established tennis coach was a special guest at the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen's Club last week.

Chris Davis, who has coached for 46 years, was recognised for his outstanding service and dedication to the sport by the Lawn Tennis Association.

Davis moved to the area 28 years ago and has worked in schools and clubs in Herefordshire, Forest of Dean and Monmouth.

He had an excellent day in London and enjoyed seeing Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray return to the court after a long injury lay-off.

"I was deeply honoured to receive a very special invitation to The Queen's Club," said Davis, who is Head of Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools Tennis Academy.

Davis' passion for the game is showing no signs of dwindling and he is driving force in the Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools Tennis Academy.

He is keen to continue to encourage support, nurture and develop a whole new crop of players and coaches who share his love of tennis.

Davis has coached hundreds of players in a range of settings, including local tennis clubs, primary and secondary schools, and he established a tennis hub in Coleford in 1991.

l Ross Tennis Club has a tennis legend dropping in to coach local children this Sunday (July 7).

Former world number one tennis player Mats Wilander will be at Ross Tennis Centre on Walford Rd, between 9am and noon.

He will also be coaching eight adult winners from the recent raffle draw. As well as coaching adults, Wilander is excited to be working with children from local primary schools and junior county players in a group session from 9am.

In true Wimbledon fashion there will be strawberries and cream, fine English sparkling wine, cakes for sale along with coaching and membership offers.

Ross Tennis Centre is a friendly centre, and readers are urged to come and enjoy the tennis, meet Wilander and sample the strawberries and cream.