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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May, 2005, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
Tennis aces back UK talent search
Tim Henman
Tim Henman is determined to find stars of the future
British number one Tim Henman and former Wimbledon winner Boris Becker have lent their support to a scheme to find new British tennis talent.

They are involved in a programme run by the Lawn Tennis Association and washing powder maker Ariel aimed at introducing children of all backgrounds to tennis.

"We've seen over 10,000 kids. With the help of the LTA, we're now down to 20," Becker told BBC Radio Five Live.

"The overall winners will get a chance to play tennis with myself and Tim."

The two winners, a boy and a girl, will also get year's free LTA tennis coaching and tennis equipment.

Meanwhile, Becker hoped that Henman would play for at least a couple more years, because he did not see a British Wimbledon champion emerging from anywhere else.

"I don't think we'll have a Wimbledon champion next year from the new breed of players coming through," added the three-times champion of the Grand Slam event.

"Hopefully, Tim will play for two more years, although we could have a champion in three to four years time.

"There is Andrew Murray, who is the best junior in the world and is only 18. I think he has a chance of winning Wimbledon."

The Tennis Ace scheme has already produced 20 finalists who are having training before a gala day this month.

And this summer mini tennis events will be held all around the country.

The events are open for children between the ages of four and 10.

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