The Unsung Heroes of Tennis – The Grounds Team at The Queen’s Club

The day comes when you walk into the Queen’s Club, excited and ready for a day of world-class tennis hospitality at The Aegon Championships. You and your guests mingle, nibble on delightful canapés before eating a delicious meal. Satiated and happy, you move to your seats in anticipation of the game.

The tennis court is a lush green, begging to be run around on. You take gorgeous photos of the court and share them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook…everywhere! No filters will be needed for this image – it practically pops on its own.

But how much work does it take to maintain a tennis court?

The answer is a lot. For The Queen’s Club in London’s W14, 13 acres of land is looked after by eight dedicated grounds members. With more than 100 years’ experience at the club between them, they work tirelessly to ensure the 45 tennis courts are maintained to the highest standards for the competitors in tournaments such as the Aegon Championships.

The Queen’s Club’s grounds manager Graham Kimpton (left) and assistant groundsman Adam Kaspershi (centre) receive the award from Mark Fisher, head of facilities development at the Lawn Tennis Association

The Queen’s Club’s grounds manager Graham Kimpton (left) and assistant groundsman Adam Kaspershi (centre) receive the award from Mark Fisher, head of facilities development at the Lawn Tennis Association

These are the unsung heroes behind the games; the experts who work tirelessly and rarely get any credit. The grounds team at The Queen’s Club won the Tennis Grounds Team of the Year award at the Institue of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards this year and we wanted to give them a special shout out for all of the hard work they do.

Winning an award against such stiff competition is testament to the skill, dedication and passion of the grounds teams and individuals whose vital contribution to the high quality of the playing surfaces goes largely unnoticed.

Organised by the IOG – the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities – the prestigious UK-wide IOG annual awards embrace categories of entry covering sport, young people and the environment.

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