The first Russian tennis player ever to take part in British Junior Tennis-- or any British competitions ----- was on the court on June 10th.
S.V. A.Potanin and N.Nath walking towards camera
C.U.Pan From score-board to the Russian player- A. Potanin.
S.V. N. Nath spinning bat before play.
S.V. Nath serves to Potanin, Potanin returns and scores.
S.V. Potanin serves to Nath.
L.V. Nath returns and scores.
L.V. Potanin to Nath, he returns, Potanin scores.
G.V.Pan From a few spectators to Potanin scoring.
S.C.U. Nath to Potanin, hits ball to net.
S.C.U. Potanin to Nath, ball is returned., change ends...Potanin lost his first set. 6-0.
G.V. Nath to Potanin and returned -Nath scores.
L.V. Spectators putting their rain coats on.
G.V. Rain stops play, Nath leaving court 1st set-score 6-0. 2nd set. 3-1.
G.V. Court being covered.
Shot. Heavy rainfall on court.
Initials S-D A.W./P.B
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Background: The first Russian tennis player ever to take part in British Junior Tennis-- or any British competitions ----- was on the court on June 10th. at Beckenham for the Junior County Championships. His name is Andre Potanin, age 17 years. He is a student of the University of Leningrad, is Russia's no. 2 tennis player and a Master of Sport. With him in England is Miss Anna Eimitrieva, Russia's junior tennis champion and number 8 in the classification. Ann also holds a Mastership in Sport.
Andre's opponent in today's match was L. Nath of India. The first set of the game went to Nath, 6-0. Torrential rain caused the game to be suspended when Nath was winning in the second set, 3-1.
For their trip to Britain the Russian pair have Russia's top tennis coach, Semen Belits-Geiman. Prior to their tournament matches the Russians spent most of their time familiarising themselves with the grass-court play.
Fred Perry, the former World Champion tennis player, watched Andre and Anna at practice. It is Fred who has been advising the Soviet Union on tennis and it was he who arranged this visit.