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The Tennis Ball

The Tennis Ball was founded in 2009 to benefit two very worthwhile charitable tennis initiatives, Give It Your Max in the UK and IC Philanthropy overseas (the International Lawn Tennis Clubs Philanthropic Development Programme). The Tennis Ball is held every two or three years to help disadvantaged and disabled young people to enjoy better lives through tennis. Children without the means are introduced to tennis and exposed to values of fairness, fun and friendship as well as health and fitness - and a host of other life enhancing opportunities.


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"The Tennis Ball is a glamorous and tennis soaked evening with great food, starry company and excellent entertainment. It's a fabulous way to raise funds for two very special charities. " -- Alistair McGowan


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Marion Bartoli

"There is so much that can be done for impoverished children and from my lifelong background in tennis, I am sure that teaching them tennis with the advantages of learning through the game, about the joys and disappointments of winning and losing, sticking to the rules and self discipline, are rules for life that can help everyone. I look forward to my involvement and I wish all those who are taking part every success, whether as volunteers, coaches or the young people themselves."

Marion Bartoli - Wimbledon Champion 2013, Ambassador for IC Philanthropy
IC Philanthropy
Charity Number: 1167925
Virginia Wade

"Witnessing the transformation that occurs when youngsters are exposed to tennis education, has become one of the most awakening aspects of my career. Seeing the confidence, respect and discipline blossom in these children has been an unexpected gift. Do not let the opportunity to participate in the evolution of these young lives pass you by!"

Virginia Wade, OBE, Patron Give It Your Max
IC Philanthropy
Charity Number: 1148040