Tournament getting ready to serve up more success

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THE annual Bury and West Suffolk Junior Tennis Tournament bounces back into action on Monday, taking place at the new venue of Culford Sports and Leisure Centre in Bury St Edmunds.

The tournament, sponsored by Glasswells, which runs from Monday to Saturday, August 4, will involve a number of different events, including singles and doubles for various age groups, American doubles for ages 10 and under, the Bury Free Press-sponsored mixed doubles for various ages, mixed 85 vets for combined ages with a minimum age of 85, mini tennis green for ages ten and under, as well as a mini tennis orange for ages nine and under, and a consolation singles event for all losers from the first match.

The long-running event, one of Suffolk’s longest established tennis tournaments, celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, will be taking place at the championship-standard indoor and outdoor facilities of Culford for the first time, with a prize fund total value of approximately £800.

Tournament chairman Susan Glasswell proudly explained what all visitors throughout the five days can expect, as she looks to build on the success of previous tournaments.

“As the chairman, I am as ever looking forward to the event because it is very much a family-orientated tournament and I am pleased to be involved in the running of it once again,” she said.

“There is always a fantastic atmosphere throughout the entire tournament and this year should be no different.

“I am really looking forward to the event this year as it will be a new location for us.

“The entries are about 190 this year which is slightly down on last year, but with the Olympics being on in the same week many people have got tickets and so are not able to commit for the week.

“We are using the marvellous facilities at Culford School including hard courts, indoor courts and astro turf, which will be fantastic.

“There are also a number of other activites as well as the tournament itself.

“The swimming pool will also be available to players and their families, while Topspin Tennis will be there again stringing rackets and will have their shop open selling clothing, shoes and other equipment.

“Hughes Electrical are providing a 42-inch TV for coverage of the Olympics and Angela McGowan is providing the catering with delicious home made cakes, rolls and hot food.

“I would like to thank Glasswells, who are the main sponsor again this year, with Culford School, Ensors and of course Bury Free Press, for their involvement with the tournament.”