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Elena Baltacha with Academy members

Leicester based musician, Alex Joseph, is releasing poignant charity single ‘Never Gone’ to commemorate the lasting legacy of UK #1 tennis champion Elena ‘Bally’ Baltacha, timed to coincide with Wimbledon 2017.

Singer-songwriter Alex Joseph, 34, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, knew Bally from his time playing on the junior tennis circuit, and remembers the late Olympic athlete fondly from that time. He has created a touching tribute song and plans to donate 50% of the proceeds of sales to the Elena Baltacha Foundation.

The aspiring songwriter, who works for the Tennis Foundation in London, has been writing music for around ten years. He has already written songs to raise money for organisations such as the ITF Wheelchair Foundation, GB Wheelchair Basketball and GB Wheelchair Table Tennis, and when he saw a news bulletin last year about the Elena Baltacha Foundation, and recalled Bally’s heart-breaking death in 2014, he felt moved to write another track that...

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