Written by on February 10, 2017

Jamaica sprint champion Yohan Blake, has stepped up to support national tennis development.

On Wednesday, the World Championship 100m gold medalist donated high-tech tennis racquets to children at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre in Kingston via his YB Foundation.

The new tennis racquets, named Babolar, are so high-quality and high-tech, that they come with instructions. They also come with phone and laptop attachments that plug into the bottom of the racquet handle, which allows the user to monitor their strokes and speed, and correct them. The idea is to help students and junior players with their development and competitiveness in the sport.

Blake – who is a fan of professional tennis and players Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams, said he has a love for athletics and other sports, and made the donation because he has seen some promising kids playing tennis in Jamaica.

Blake said he was planning to present the tennis rackets last December, but the shipment did not arrive in time. He also promises to donate badminton racquets to the Eric Bell Tennis Centre.

Of the donation, Tennis Jamaica’s first vice-president Aswad Morgan, said he was grateful for the gesture, especially as it comes from an athlete of a different sport.

Yohan Blake makes his season debut tomorrow (Feb 11) competing in the 400m, at the Camperdown Classic held in Jamaica’s National Stadium.

He is using the race to get in shape for the IAAF World Relays to be held in Nassau, Bahamas this April, where he is expected to compete in the 100m and 200m.

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