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A taste of Wimbledon came to Westminster when the Prime Minister showed off his racquet skills with tennis ace Greg Rusedski.

David Cameron met schoolchildren taking part in a schools tennis programme run by the Tennis Foundation and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on a tennis court that had been set up outside the Houses of Parliament.

While Commons Speaker John Bercow had dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and ran around the court hitting balls thrown by Rusedski, the Prime Minister opted to stick to his suit despite the day's warm weather. However when handed a racquet, he used it to keep a tennis ball bouncing in the air.

During Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron had said: "I think we should commend the LTA for the work they are doing to try and make tennis much more of a mass participation sport. I see it in the primary school my children go to where more tennis is being taught and played."

Rusedski, former British number one, said: "Tennis is a fantastic sport for all the family, a great way to get fit and have fun at the same time. I'm delighted to be here today to play tennis with some of the kids from the schools tennis programme which has given so many children their first taste of tennis."

Four primary schools from the Olympic and Paralympic host boroughs took part in the event with Rusedski and current British number three Johanna Konta.

She said: "You only have to see smiles on the faces of the children to see how much fun they have with a racquet in hand. I want to play my part in helping inspiring kids to get involved in tennis - a sport that means so much to me."

The schools tennis programme is giving two million children the chance to learn the sport.

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