Deposed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's mum joined hundreds of children from Hounslow to help smash the world record for the largest tennis lesson this week.

On the same day her son was knocked out of the tournament, mum Judy spent the morning with 500 pupils from across the borough, l ending a hand, as 628 mini tennis lessons began in an attempt to ace the Guinness World Record.

Children from 48 schools made a racket trying to break the record, showing off their talented tennis skills in front of teachers and the Mayor of Hounslow Corinna Smart and deputy leader councillor Amrit Mann, at Dukes Meadows Tennis Centre in Chiswick, on Wednesday, July 3.

Ms Murray, who helped set the existing record in the USA earlier this year, said: "This is a fantastic programme and event.

"It is great to see so many state school pupils getting an opportunity to participate in the coaching and the tennis festival.

“The opportunity to progress playing at Dukes Meadows pay and play facility is also very important.

"This is a marvellous partnership between Sport Impact, Dukes Meadows and The LTA. It is great to see.”

Deputy leader of Hounslow council Amrit Mann, Judy Murray, Mayor of Hounslow Corinna Smart and councillor Ruth Cadbury at the world record attempt for the largest tennis lesson
 

The challenge was part of Hounslow Primary Schools Tennis Festival, which is now in its second year.

The festival was organised by Sport Impact, the local not for profit organisation committed to enhancing the physical education and sport experience of all young people.

Winners of the tennis matches will represent Hounslow in the School Games finals held at Crystal Palace this weekend.

Mr Mann said: “The sight of hundreds of children enjoying a tennis lesson together in an inflatable court is something I’ll remember for a long time!

“It was great to see them having such fun taking part in a sport they might not usually have a chance to try.

“Having a world class coach of Judy’s standing there will hopefully encourage them to enjoy tennis for years to come - she’s already inspired one Wimbledon champion, and hopefully she might have done it again today!”

The first festival saw Hounslow children successfully break the Guinness World Record for the most people bouncing balls on tennis racquets at the same time.

This latest record attempt will take a few weeks to confirm whether it has been successful or not.

Andy Murray lost his quarter final in straight sets to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.