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Thousands of people got a glimpse of the iconic Davis Cup trophy as it came to Lichfield.
The giant prize was in Beacon Park to help launch a free tennis initiative.
Standing at three feet high and weighting 200kg, the Davis Cup proved a popular attraction as around 300 people also got to enjoy tennis coaching and games.
The Tennis For Free charity has created a partnership with Lichfield District Council, Lichfield Friary Tennis Club and the LTA to help provide family sessions between 2pm and 4pm every Sunday in Beacon Park.
Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet member for leisure and parks at Lichfield District Council, said: “It was such an honour to welcome the Davis Cup to Lichfield and I am sure Team GB’s success is helping to inspire a whole new breed of tennis players.
“However, becoming a world class tennis player has to start somewhere and the aim of the free weekly sessions at Beacon Park is to introduce more people to the game.
“I’m delighted so many people took part in the first session and had the chance to see the Davis Cup. Now is a great time to be getting into tennis as, working with Tennis for Free, we have also made three of Beacon Park’s tennis courts free to play on any time after 1pm every day of the week.”
Tennis for Free CEO Paul Jessop said he hoped the sight of the Davis Cup in the city would inspire locals to take up the sport.
“This was a record attendance in over 10 years of Tennis For Free,” he said. “The atmosphere was amazing and even though we had gusts of over 40 miles per hour, the wind didn’t stop the crowds from enjoying themselves.
“Together with the Davis Cup on show in Beacon Park it was an amazing day which I hope will inspire people from the area to come along again and enjoy free tennis every Sunday afternoon.”
Anyone from four years and over can join the free group sessions and the public is being encouraged register at www.beaconparktennis.co.uk.