Davis Cup tennis trophy coming to Bedford
Great Britain won the Davis Cup in Belgium –
and now the iconic trophy is set to come to Bedford this
Bedford Borough Council and the Bedfordshire
Lawn Tennis Association launched a joint bid to bring the giant
tournament trophy to the town.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has now
confirmed that the Davis Cup will be visiting Bedford on 17
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the premier
international team event in tennis. The trophy was lifted by the
Great Britain team – which includes Andy and Jamie Murray – in
November 2015. The win was Great Britain’s first Davis Cup victory
in 79 years.
People will be invited to see the trophy on
The Embankment (next to the Butterfly Bridge) from 10am to 2pm.
There’ll also be ‘come and try tennis’ sessions on Longholme Meadow
and in Russell Park. Refreshments will be available at the Kiosk
and café by the Boating Lake.
Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio
Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “It is such an honour to be
hosting the Davis Cup in Bedford and we know lots of people will
jump at the chance to see this prestigious trophy. We hope plenty
of people will take part in the ‘come and try tennis’ sessions and,
with a number of free hard surface courts available to play on each
day of the week, it’s a fantastic time to get into the game.”
Francis Caldwell, Chairman of the Bedfordshire
Lawn Tennis Association, said: “Winning the Davis Cup for the first
time in 79 years was a fantastic achievement. The cup is one of the
largest trophies in world sport and to bring it to Bedford and put
it by the iconic Butterfly Bridge, whilst promoting tennis in the
town, is really exciting. We want as many tennis fans to have the
opportunity to see the cup and also have the opportunity to play
“The Association has in recent years been
working with the Council to deliver a parks tennis programme and
this will add to that programme. Locating the trophy close to
Riverside Tennis Club will enable our local tennis schools to enjoy
the cup as well as all our local club players."
Fifty different venues across the country will
have the chance to host the Davis Cup in their local community,
park or club, with some surprise visits from team members. The aim
is that every one of the LTA counties will receive a visit from the
trophy to thank as many people as possible for their support for
the Davis Cup winning team.
For more information about playing tennis in
Bedford Borough, please visit http://www.bedford.gov.uk/