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WTA Stars Keep Bally's Dream Alive

Laura Robson and Anne Keothavong were among the British tennis stars helping keep Elena Baltacha's dream and inspiration alive in Ipswich on the weekend.

Published May 19, 2014 12:14

IPSWICH, England - A number of WTA stars, including British No.1 Laura Robson and former British No.1 Anne Keothavong, held a kids tennis clinic at the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis on Sunday.

The academy, abbreviated as EBAT, was the late Baltacha's inspiration, and Robson, Keothavong, Judy Murray and others welcomed over 70 children between the ages of five and 13 for the clinic.

"I think all the kids really enjoyed themselves," Robson said afterwards. "Bally's been so passionate about the whole thing and it is such a shame that she is not here to see how amazing today has been."

"We want to make sure that Bally is remembered, and we want to make sure that the academy goes from strength to strength," Murray, the British Fed Cup captain, said. "All of the fundraising we are trying to do through Rally For Bally will allow us to make the academy sustainable for a very long time."

Rally For Bally takes place on June 15 at venues in London (Queen's Club), Birmingham (Edgbaston Priory Club) and Eastbourne (Devonshire Park), and all funds raised will go to EBAT and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. For more on the event, please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally.

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