THE search was on for the next Andy Murray this weekend as a tennis club opened up to get families involved in playing the sport.

Wantage Tennis Club held its event on Saturday as part of the national Great British Tennis Weekend.

It certainly proved a hit with eight-year-old Sebastian White, who showed off his smash as he was put through his paces by head coach Andy Aitkin.

Starter sessions allowed people to try the game for free with a view to joining the club if they liked it.

Club chairman Mark Rowe said: “It was all a great way of promoting the game - whether people wanted to dust of their rusty racquets or pick one up for the first time.

“Like anybody who has a passion, I like to share it with others and hope they might get passionate about it to.

“For me it’s all about keeping fit and having fun. I’ve always chased some sort of ball around and the great thing about tennis is you can keep playing until you are in your eighties.

“As long as you are well-matched with the opposition, you will have a great time.”

Organised by the Lawn Tennis Association, the events up and down the country aim to help clubs attract new members and raises awareness of the game locally.

After a long campaign the Wantage club moved into brand new facilities at Manor Road's recreation ground in 2016, with six courts – four floodlit.