Lord Mayor welcomes GB Davis Cup Team to Birmingham

By on 04/03/2016 in Lord Mayor, News

Birmingham’s Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall has welcomed the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team to Birmingham for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.

The tie, which starts today at the Barclaycard Arena, is only the second time the sides have met in the biggest team competition in tennis and the first time they’ve duelled in Great Britain since 1931.

Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall said: “I am proud to welcome our champions to Birmingham to begin the defence of their Davis Cup.  Earlier in the week I had the great pleasure of meeting the team at the Council House. I wished them luck on behalf of the city and I’d ask fellow Brummies to get behind them in this very special first round.”

Assistant Director of Sport and Events, Steve Hollingworth, added: “We’ve been working with the Lawn Tennis Association to provide free tennis sessions at Cannon Hill Park and across the city through our Active Parks programme.  I hope the Davis Cup will inspire a new generation to get active in tennis and take advantage of the opportunities that exist in Birmingham.”

The first match this afternoon sees BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Andy Murray, pitted against Japan’s Taro Daniel.

For further general information and to book tickets visit www.lta.org.uk/daviscuptickets

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