Allard's tennis record aim

Allard's tennis record aim

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TENNIS ace Thomas Allard hopes to serve up a world record in Thornhill for charity next month.

Thomas, 20, wants to set a new mark for playing the most consecutive singles matches in a gruelling test of endurance.

He will attempt to play 30 opponents in best of three set matches at Thornhill Tennis Club from 8am on Saturday July 13.

Thomas, of High Street, Thornhill Edge, will continue into Sunday in aid of the  Alzheimer’s Society and the tennis club.

The current record, held by fellow Brit Michael Wisner in a time of 28 hours and 13 minutes, is 25 opponents. His grandmother, Lillian Allard, of Wolverhampton, died last year after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Thomas gave a moving account of his gran’s tragic decline at the hands of the most common form of dementia.

He said: “For the first seven years grandad devoted every day to looking after her at home until she was admitted for 24-hour care.

“Grandad visited every day to feed her a meal or just sit by her bed, whether she recognised him or not.

“It was heartbreaking to see her deterioration.

“It was particularly hard to come to terms with the loss of recognition of her family.”

University of Sheffield maths student Thomas has been a member of Thornhill Tennis Club since he was eight.

The courts are in a poor state and Thomas will put cash raised towards replacing them.

Thomas, a former Thornhill Junior School and Ossett Academy pupil, added: “The courts will need to be resurfaced.

“As a small club we have struggled for funding and I would like to be able to contribute by holding a fundraiser.

“Playing more than 25 opponents will be physically and mentally tough. But I’m determined to do it.”

Thomas has set up an online donation page at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/8X9j9.

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