In August 2013, the 118th Northumberland Open Tennis Tournament took place at the Northumberland Club in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The competition, which includes open and handicap events for minis, juniors, seniors and veterans, is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the country and was the largest in the tournament’s long 118 year history attracting 420 entrants.
The event was sponsored by Adderstone Foundation who help to provide support and funds for the competition. They are also active in encouraging and promoting access to quality tennis within the North East, providing training support for juniors and enhanced schools programmes at the Club.
During the well-attended Tournament lunch, an additional £1672 was raised by Adderstone Foundation, with the support of corporate guests, for the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club.
At the event guests were entertained by an exhibition tennis match featuring former World No.1 doubles player (and partner of John McEnroe) Peter Fleming, and former British No.1 and popular television presenter, Andrew Castle.
Martin Clark, Tournament Chairman said “Adderstone Foundation has a very strong link with tennis in the North East. Founder Ian Baggett, is a former Northumberland County champion and GB no.2 over 40s tennis player. The Foundation’s enthusiasm and support towards the event and tennis at the club and throughout the region will always be gratefully received.”
Ian Baggett, founder of Adderstone Foundation said: “It is always our pleasure to put something back into the sport from which I have taken so much. With continued support, we hope to ensure that both the historic Northumberland Open, as well as tennis development in the North East, continues to flourish for many years to come.”
To learn more about the Northumberland Open Tennis Tournament, click here.