Strictly Come Dancing star, Anton Du Beke, and former Blue Peter presenter, Helen Skelton, are set to be put through their paces as they prepare for the Peugeot Tennis Challenge.
Months of intensive training will culminate on Sunday 9th December, when the pair will show off their tennis skills in a game of mixed doubles at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, host venue for the final event of the ATP Champions Tour.
Anton and Helen will receive the top training British tennis has to offer under the guidance of Judy and Jamie Murray. To develop Anton and Helen’s ability on court, the Murrays have devised a series of five tough tennis drills, which aim to push the star pair to their limits and develop their best tennis skills before the big game in December.
The drills will cover key skills and techniques necessary to master the court; serving, returning serve, volleying, power and speed.
No strangers to the camera, Anton and Helen’s highlights from each drill will be captured in short videos over the next few months, giving glimpses of how the two players progress. Take a look at the first in the video series, where our Challengers meet up for the first time, by visiting http://www.sarahdeann.com/tennis/
As well as receiving top-class guidance from the Murrays, Anton and Helen will be partnered by promising teenage tennis aces, Sophia Underwood and Reece Farrow for the challenge.
Sophia Underwood, set to partner with Anton, has already made a name for herself at the age of 14, having previously represented Great Britain at under-10 level. Similarly ambitious on court is Helen’s partner, 15 year old Reece Farrow, who has already become a local tennis star, winning numerous doubles and singles titles in in his home county of Hertfordshire.
Anton, who has past experience working with Judy Murray when they were partnered together in the 2014 series of Strictly, is already looking forward to the final showdown. He said: “I love this Peugeot Tennis Challenge. I’m like a pig in chardonnay, to pinch a Stephen Fry expression. I’ve been having the best time ever and can’t wait to grace the Royal Albert Hall.”
Mark Pickles, Peugeot UK Marketing Director, said: “It is fantastic to see both Anton and Helen really throwing themselves into the Peugeot Tennis Challenge alongside Sophia and Reece. We are delighted to have Peugeot ambassadors, Jamie and Judy Murray, accompanying them on their journey to prepare for the event and we look forward to seeing the results of their training.”
Peugeot has a rich history in tennis, which dates back to the 1970s. Over the years, it has had connections with the French Open at Roland-Garros, the British Tennis (LTA) and ATP World Tour. Building on its association with tennis in the future, Peugeot’s Drive to Tennis programme works with current champions and those who will be the champions of the future.
Peugeot announced its global partnership with ATP in 2016, when Peugeot was named the Official Car supplier with a fleet of 500 vehicles worldwide. The vehicles provide first-class transportation services for players, officials, VIPs and special guests to the event.