Perhaps it was the proverbial kick that David Brown needed, or perhaps his slow start was his way of grasping hold of the essence of his local tennis league, but having lost his first ever set of LTL 6-2 last year, Lichfield and Burntwood's David Brown has managed to win 78% of his Local Tennis Leagues matches. Quite a record!
We caught up with David (pictured right) to chat all things tennis in Lichfield and Burntwood!
'I’ve been a huge tennis fan for the last 5/6 years and I wanted to start playing myself for a long time, but it was only August last year that I first picked up a racket. Me and my mate Shaun (pictured left) started practicing together every weekend, and a month later we joined the Lichfield & Burntwood league after seeing it advertised. We even joined the Sutton Coldfield league as well in order to get more matches.
It’s great being part of the league as it enables you to face a variety of different opponents which helps to improve my own game. However my favourite matches are always my ones against Shaun as we are so evenly matched, and the rivalry seems to get bigger with every match, the most recent one going to a final set tiebreak!'
So, how does David maintain such a great win rate? He learns from the professionals!
My favourite player by a distance is Dan Evans (perhaps a bit controversial these days!). There is never a dull moment when he’s on the court and plays with so much variety, which is refreshing as you don’t often see that on the tour these days. I’d love to be able to replicate that style of play, and I do try to mix up my shots and come into the net when I can, but it’s still very much a work in progress!
We do like to find out whether our players would recommend Local Tennis Leagues, no bribes were paid to David...we think!
'I would definitely recommend Local Tennis Leagues to anyone who enjoys playing tennis and wants to be part of a nice community. Everyone that I’ve met through the leagues have been very friendly and it’s been a great way to significantly improve my game in a relatively short space of time. More people joining the league can only be a positive thing so I urge anyone considering joining to just do it, you won’t regret it!'
And making use of courts throughout the area including at Beacon Park, Holland Park and Burntwood Leisure Centre, you really can choose from some fantastic local facilities!
Fancy taking on David and trying to beat his 78% win rate!? You can join the Lichfield & Burntwood league here.
To find your local league, visit localtennisleagues.com/leagues