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THE devastated family of a young man hit by a train have paid tribute to a 'wonderful' son and brother who lived for tennis.
Jack Groves, of Minton Rise, Taplow, died on Tuesday after being hit by a train in Maidenhead.
The 24-year-old's heartbroken parents, Rob and Kim Groves, said the former Burnham Upper (now Burnham Park Academy) student had played tennis since the age of 10 and the sport was his life.
Speaking about his beloved son, who had recently started vounteering as a coach at Burnham Youth Club, Mr Groves said: "He just wanted to give something back to the kids, that's just what he was like. Nobody had a bad word to say about him."
His sister Coral, 27, said: "He was a gentle, caring boy with a heart of gold."
After completing a Diploma at Amersham and Wycombe College, Jack qualified as a professional tennis coach,
and had been coaching at Stoke Park for around two years.
As a teenager, he had played tennis at a county level, and also played with James Ward and Chris Eaton, who are ranked second and tenth in the UK respectively.
Jack's grief-stricken father said: "Everyone has said to us the world will be a sadder place without him.
"Nobody will know what was going through his mind but he was just too good for this place."
Vice-principal of Burnham Park Academy, Sharon Yardley, who was Jack's ICT teacher, said: "Jack was an absolutely delightful pupil who had grown into a wonderful young man.
"We are extremely sad to hear this news and our thoughts and feelings go out to his family and friends."
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman confirmed BTP officers were called to the line close to Maidenhead railway station at around 10pm on Tuesday after a man
was struck by a train. South Central Ambulance Service medics also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The train involved was the 8.30pm service from Bristol to Paddington.