Tennis writers reward grass roots performance

The Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association today presented their annual award for services to tennis to Dave Kimpton, the head groundsman at Queens Club in west London, a regular tournament stop for most of the world’s top players for many years.

“For as long as any of us can remember, the Centre Court at Queens Club has been Dave’s domain, Kimpton’s keepsake,” said Neil Harman, The Times tennis correspondent.

The most recent winner of the Aegon Championships at Queens Club was the British No1, Andy Murray, who won six titles on the tour this year and reached a record world No 2 ranking.

Kimpton is the first groundsman since Jim Thorn of Wimbledon in 1991 to win the LTWA award. His son, Graham, works with him at Queens Club.

LTWA chairman David Luddy presided over today’s lunch, which was held at the Centre Court Debenture Holders’ Lounge at Wimbledon and attended by more than 200 from all walks of tennis.

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