The Davis Cup Trophy Tour Visits Bedford
Great Britain won the Davis Cup in Belgium – and next
week the iconic trophy will be on display in Bedford!
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the premier international team
event in men’s 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 are invited to see the trophy in Russell Park (opposite
the Butterfly Bridge) from 10am to 2pm on 17th May. There’ll also
be ‘come and try tennis’ sessions on Longholme Meadow and in
Russell Park. Refreshments will be available at the Kiosk.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, who will be attending
the event, said: “The Davis Cup is the World Cup of men’s tennis,
and it’s fantastic that we are able to host the trophy here in
Bedford. I hope that lots of local people who are able to get along
on the day do so, and that this occasion helps encourage people of
all ages to pick up a racket.”
“We have numerous free public courts available locally for
anyone to give tennis a try, in addition to a number of excellent
clubs around the Borough. With the warmer weather arriving,
there’s every reason to give tennis a try, and hopefully this
exciting occasion will inspire more people to do so.”
Local schools have also been invited to come and see the Davis
Cup on the 17th May and students who have not played tennis before
will be encouraged to sign up for the Davis Cup Legacy programme at
the Riverside Tennis Club in Bedford. The programme is part of a
National Scheme aiming to give out 10000 rackets to a new
generation of players.
The Davis Cup Legacy Programme is running on Wednesdays and
Sundays after the June Half Term and throughout autumn 2016.
In addition, as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend
Riverside Tennis Club are holding an open Day on Sunday May 15th
from 2-5pm at Riverside Tennis Club with a whole host of activities
for all ages to come and try.