Can you beat Andy Murray’s serve at Southdown Club in Lewes?

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The Southdown Club in Lewes is offering the public the chance to have a go at squash and tennis for free.

The Cockshut Road venue, which has four excellent squash and 16 tennis courts, is holding an Open Day on Saturday, September 20. There will be a warm welcome for novices and experienced players alike, with activities for all ages. Families are especially welcome.

Squash events start with a fun coaching session and mini-tournament for local primary schools, followed by exhibition matches of various kinds – juniors, ladies and doubles -culminating in a professional level tournament featuring some of Sussex’s best players. There will also be a demonstration of the less well known sport of racketball.

For visitors there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved, with ‘have-a-hit’ sessions with experienced club players and free coaching sessions with Nic Davies, the club’s professional coach. There will be a ‘how hard can you hit a squash ball’ competition in various age categories, with prizes.

Tennis players, both beginners and experienced, are invited to have a hit with club members who will welcome you throughout the day, and join in the club afternoon session from 2pm. Racquets and balls will be provided. A speed camera will see if you can beat Murray’s best serve at 137mph!

There will be meals and refreshments provided throughout the day by Famiglia’s newly opened Café Lazzati in the clubhouse.

The club is offering special membership packages for those who join on the day, including discounts and free coaching sessions. Visit