Former Wimbledon ace helps disabled youngsters play tennis at Tadworth charity

Former Wimbledon ace helps disabled youngsters play tennis

Andrea Jaeger at The Children's Trust in Tadworth

Andrea Jaeger at The Children's Trust in Tadworth

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A former Wimbledon ace had one of her "most amazing life and tennis experiences" when she showed youngsters with severe disabilities how they can participate in the sport.

Andrea Jaeger, who was ranked world number two and reached the Wimbledon Ladies’ final in 1983, visited The Children’s Trust on Monday, June 30.

Since retiring 20 years ago, Jaeger has run tennis activities for children with disabilities in the US, where she lives.

She has been in the UK to take part in the Wimbledon Legends event, which takes place at the All England Club during the Wimbledon championships.

While in the UK, she met a volunteer driver for the charity, which helps children with complex disabilities and acquired brain injuries, who told her about its work and she got in touch with the charity to offer its youngsters a few sessions.

Jaeger showed the children different ways to play tennis - regardless of their needs, medical equipment and wheelchairs.

She said: "Playing tennis with the children was full of laughter, love and Wimbledon worthy tennis winners from all the children.

"It was so special, fun and memorable Adriana and I actually missed our Wimbledon practice session.

"Parents and staff kept appearing wheeling children over in their wheelchairs who were interested in learning tennis.

"It was one of the most amazing tennis and life experiences I have ever experienced."

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