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Leicester is next stop for the Davis Cup

Published on Friday, September 23, 2016

THE TROPHY won by Andy Murray and the GB team last November will be in Leicester next week, giving tennis fans the chance to see it close up.

The Davis Cup will be at the city’s De Montfort Hall on Wednesday (28 September) as part of a tour of the UK organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

Members of the public will be able to have their photo taken with the famous old trophy between 2pm and 5pm next Wednesday, while children from three local schools enjoy some coaching and tennis activities in the De Montfort Hall gardens.

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “The visit of the Davis Cup provides a great opportunity for tennis fans to see one of sport’s most famous trophies close-up – and it’s a great opportunity for the city council to team up with the LTA to provide some fun tennis sessions for children from local schools.”

Around 100 pupils from Avenue Primary, Sparkenhoe Primary and St Crispin’s school will take part in an afternoon of tennis activities supporting the trophy’s visit.

Members of the public will also be able to get involved in the activities from 3pm to 5pm.

The Davis Cup will be at De Montfort Hall from 2pm until 5pm on Wednesday 28 September as part of the LTA Trophy Tour. It will also be calling at the Rothley Ivanhoe Tennis Club (1 October, 10am–12 noon) and at the Leicestershire Tennis and Squash Club (1 October, 3pm–7pm).

Michael Downey, LTA Chief Executive, said: “The 2015 Davis Cup win is one many will remember for the rest of their lives and is a key vehicle that can drive interest in our sport. We want to use this Trophy Tour to bring more children and adults into our great sport.” 

For more information about playing tennis in Leicester, visit www.leicester.gov.uk  

For information about the local tennis league, where adults of all levels can play where and when it suits them, visit www.localtennisleagues.com/leicester