FIVE-TIME Grand Slam doubles winner Jamie Murray and ex-British number one Greg Rusedski are joining forces to back a grassroots scheme boosting adult participation in Worcester.

Supported by the Lawn Tennis Association, the Local Tennis Leagues initiative delivers competitive sport to adults all over the United Kingdom and gives participants the flexibility to manage their schedule.

The scheme, including the Worcester Parks Tennis League, is aimed at adults who use public parks and facilities and want to play friendly, competitive tennis.

After signing up, players create their own online account where they receive contact details of their opponents which allow them to schedule matches as well as receive regular updates and incentives to play.

“What’s so great about the leagues is that it’s local. It does what it says on the tin,” said Murray, a two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles champion.

“There’s a lot of people out there who enjoy playing tennis and this is a chance to compete against people of a similar level to you and meet new people at the same time — it’s very social.

“Tennis is a game for life. It’s so important to get people at grassroots level involved in tennis and initiatives like this give it a chance.”

Are you looking to play more friendly, competitive singles matches?

The next round of the Worcester Parks Tennis League begins on October 19. 

To join, visit and sign up before October 16.

The rounds last eight weeks and cost £18 to join.