It’s all Rice on the night as Wimbledon fever grips Temple Fortune Tennis Club

Head coach Alex Kolesnikow (centre, white cap) and David Rice (on his left), who played at Wimbledon

Head coach Alex Kolesnikow (centre, white cap) and David Rice (on his left), who played at Wimbledon this year, were involved in an exhibition evening at Temple Fortune Tennis Club - Credit: Archant

Wimbledon fever gripped Temple Fortune Tennis Club yesterday as more than 100 people attended an exhibition evening involving Britain’s David Rice.

The 24-year-old, who is ranked 221st in the world in doubles, competed in the Championships in SW19 last week, agonisingly bowing out in the first round with his partner Sean Thornley after a five-set thriller.

And Rice was at Temple Fortune on Tuesday to show off his skills, while adults and children also took part in a variety of games, including a competition to find out who could record the fastest serve.

Unsurprisingly, Rice came out on top after clocking 130mph, while the club’s head coach Alex Kolesnikow was second with 109mph. The pair then joined forces to take on Temple Fortune coaches Sam Neathey and Ekow Carboo in a doubles match.

Kolesnikow, Neathey and Carboo all used to play on the international circuit themselves so it was a high-quality affair for the eager spectators – and Neathey and Carboo triumphed after an extended third set, winning 7-5, 4-6, 12-10.

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Kolesnikow took over as head coach in April and has already increased the number of juniors playing at the club from 40 to 120.

Temple Fortune will hold summer camps from July 8 until August 16. Anyone wanting to get involved should call 07746 516494 or visit

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