A lucky tennis fan received the surprise of their life after being put through their paces by Wimbledon legend Tim Henman in a coaching session at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Reece Foxon was one of 24 budding players who took part in the Jaguar Tennis Masterclass after winning the ‘Ultimate ALETC Experience’ through the Ace Pace Wimbledon Edition app.
Henman was joined by 2016 finalist Milos Raonic and rising star Katie Boulter as they gave the winners the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity thanks to Wimbledon’s official vehicle partner, Jaguar.
With Wimbledon head coach Dan Bloxham overseeing proceedings, the training session provided a chance for the Jaguar Ambassadors to engage with their fans and deliver 1-2-1 tennis tips.
And after getting the chance to test the different parts of their game against three of the biggest names in tennis, Foxon admitted the experience was one not to forget in a hurry.
“The surprise was brilliant, really unexpected,” said the 26-year-old from Clapham. “I actually just caught them coming through the doors and thought, ‘No it can’t be’, so that was just amazing.
“I got some great tips off them all and it was great that we got to focus on serving, groundstrokes and volleying. They were so helpful and it was a really nice atmosphere
“I have been to Wimbledon before but the tour was really good as it was nice to get a bit more information about it all and find out how it all works behind the scenes.
“The whole experience has been unbelievable really. To be able to say that I’ve played at Wimbledon is incredible as there’s so much history here.”
The unique training session saw each of the three professionals host a different skill station, with Henman honing the serve, Boulter looking at groundstrokes and Raonic focusing on volleying.
The winners also had a behind-the-scenes tour of the AELTC and enjoyed an exclusive Q&A with the three Jaguar Ambassadors, who opened up about their favourite Wimbledon memories.
And Henman, who was a four-time semi-finalist at Wimbledon, was impressed by the commitment and endeavour shown by the competition winners as they put their tennis skills to the test.
“They were all extremely enthusiastic which was a great start and there was a broad range of talent, some had played a lot and others hadn’t played much,” said Henman.
“That’s the beauty of a competition like this one, as it means that anyone can win the chance to come along and have a really great experience with Jaguar at Wimbledon.
“It’s such an iconic club and iconic tournament, the opportunity to come and watch tennis here is pretty difficult because so many people want to do that – let alone the opportunity to play here.
“Hopefully it was a day everyone is going to remember for a very long time. Wimbledon is such a special place and it’s great we can give the competition winners this opportunity.
“It’s been a lot of fun and it’s been a great opportunity for players to participate in the Jaguar Tennis Masterclass and not just be at Wimbledon, but to actually play on the courts.”
The Jaguar I-PACE recently won the treble at 2019 World Car Awards including World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards. For more information about Jaguar’s partnership with Wimbledon visit https://www.jaguar.co.uk/partnerships/wimbledon.html