|Fred Perry Championship Launched At Ealing Tennis Club|
The Brentham Club hosts new tournament for more than 100 youngsters
A century after Fred Perry first picked up a racket at the Brentham Club in Ealing, a tournament sponsored by the company that bears his name promises a new lease of life for the premises.
The first Fred Perry Junior Tennis Championship was held over the weekend, with 128 youngsters taking part and 118 games played.
Following the success of the day, a spokeswoman for Fred Perry said the company planned to make the event an annual fixture, with regional qualifying events feeding into the final at The Brentham Club and Pitshanger Park.
She said: “The Brentham Club is where 100 years ago Fred Perry honed his skills as a tennis player.
“It was an obvious choice to bring the tournament back to The Brentham Club – where it all began.”
The new event could be a launch pad for future tennis stars, with winners on the day receiving a Fred Perry clothing contract, £1000 tennis grant and Dunlop equipment contract.
The spokeswoman said,“We had more than 500 LTA ranked players apply for 128 places. The top-ranked players in each age group were chosen. Across the course of the weekend we had 118 matches played.
Chairman of the Brentham Club, Colin Hearn, said the event would be a welcome boost, with the club always on the lookout for new members.
He said: “Many of the local community don’t even know we exist, so events like the Fred Perry weekend are helping to attract people to The Club.
“It’s almost unique in that it was built 108 years ago for the local estate. The Brentham estate was the first market garden estate in London.”
“The local MP was Fred Perry – senior.”
Mr Hearn said the weekend’s event was probably the most important in its 108-year history.
“It’s a step on the road, and it’s a long road for us, to where we can help secure the Club’s long term future.”
“The standard of the tennis was phenomenal.”
The competition included categories for under 12s, under 14s, under 16s, and under 18s.
Ged Cann - Local Democracy Reporter
11th September 2019