Delgado breaks SW19 record with 23rd straight appearance

Bucks Free Press: Jamie Delgado Jamie Delgado

LIVING Tennis coach Jamie Delgado rewrote the history books on Wednesday when he played at Wimbledon for the 23rd year in a row.

The 37-year-old joined up with Gilles Muller to come from two sets down to beat Lu Yeh-hsun and Divij Sharan 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 in their first round doubles match.

Delgado, who has twice played Andrew Agassi on centre court but hasn’t entered the singles this year, broke the men’s record he shared with Mark Knowles.

The longest overall record is held by Virginia Wade, who played 26 years in row, while Martina Navratilova played 24 successive Wimbledons.

Delgado is one of the coaches at Living Tennis Pro Academy, which offers community sessions to 600 players a week at venues spread throughout the area.

Meanwhile, Living Tennis takes over as sole provider at Bisham Abbey next week and plans to turn the Marlow venue into the leading elite tennis facility in the country.

Jamie Delgado, brother Johnny and Martin Lee head up the Living Tennis coaching team.


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