Davis Cup tennis trophy coming to Lichfield

The iconic Davis Cup trophy is coming to Lichfield.

It will visit Beacon Park between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday (February 21) to launch a series of free tennis sessions in the city.

The Davis Cup is the world’s biggest sporting trophy and will come to Lichfield ahead of Great Britain’s clash with Japan in Birmingham – the team’s first defence of the trophy.

Team GB with the Davis Cup

Team GB with the Davis Cup

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet member for leisure at Lichfield District Council, said: “It is such an honour to be hosting the Davis Cup in Beacon Park and we know lots of people will jump at the chance to see this prestigious trophy.

“We hope plenty of people will register to take part in the free Sunday coaching and, with our tennis courts available to play on for free after 1pm each day of the week, it’s a fantastic time to get into the game.”

The Tennis for Free initiative was launched in 2004 and has seen more than 150,000 people take up the offer of free sessions across the UK.

Lichfield Friary Tennis Club professional coach Paul Bayliss said: “People can just turn up to have a look at the trophy, but we hope they will play a game or three too.

“The British team wrote their names in history by winning the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years. In achieving this incredible feat and becoming world champions, the people of Lichfield are fortunate enough to have this wonderful trophy to inspire them to get involved in our great game.”

Anyone wanting to play tennis for free after seeing the Davis Cup can register at www.beaconparktennis.co.uk.

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