Silver service: MP trounces teenage tennis champ

John Bercow playing tennis against Max Heaton at Buckingham Tennis Club
John Bercow playing tennis against Max Heaton at Buckingham Tennis Club

A tennis club’s reigning men’s champion was trounced by the club’s new honorary president in an exhibition match last week.

MP for Buckingham John Bercow took part in an exciting exhibition match as a prelude to becoming the new honorary president of Buckingham Tennis Club last Friday evening.

John Bercowshakes hands with Max Heaton before their exhibition match

John Bercowshakes hands with Max Heaton before their exhibition match

In what was dubbed ‘The Champ versus the Speaker’ match, 51-year-old Mr Bercow won a ferociously fought battle against 2014 Buckingham Men’s Club Champion, 18-year-old Max Heaton.

The match was followed by the club’s annual meeting, where Mr Bercow was introduced to club players, and committee members were voted in for the next 12 months.

Mr Bercow, who in his day was ranked Britain’s Number One junior tennis player, recounted stories from his playing days as a Junior Champion and spoke about his continued love of the game today.

He has recently published a book entitled Tennis Maestros: The 20 Greatest Male Tennis Players Of All Time.

Mr Bercow said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to become the new president and really look forward to coming down and playing on the club nights when Parliament is in recess.”

Buckingham Tennis Club plays throughout the winter months and welcomes new members.

Club sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm, and Sunday afternoons from 1.30pm, on the courts in Chandos Park.

For more information, see www.buckinghamtennis.net