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tennis dinner 2015 Thursday 11 June 2015

Liverpool Hope University welcomed sports organisations, businesses and community partners to celebrate the 2015 Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament and Festival of Tennis.

The evening also saw the presentation of the Festival of Tennis Corporate Doubles Trophy, which this year was won by Begbies Traynor.

In his welcome, Vice Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope Professor Gerald Pillay reflected on the three years that Liverpool Hope has been working with the International Tennis Tournament and Festival of Tennis.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of School of Health Sciences Dr Ian Vandewalle also spoke about Liverpool Hope’s commitment to both engaging with the business community and growing research in Sports and Science, saying that our highly qualified research staff and a new £8.5million Science building demonstrates that “we are eager to play and ready to serve” the sports and science communities.  

The new building, due to open in January 2016, will feature specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science. It will house a 25m sprint track with force meters and motion capture for biomechanical analysis, a phlebotics lab for blood sampling, and treadmills and BODPODs for physiological analysis. Psychology labs will include motor control capture and vision and colour labs as well as cognitive and neuro-behaviour suites. The building will also include space for research synergies with both Psychology and Sport.

Director of Northern Vision Anders Borg discussed the plans for the Festival of Tennis and the 2015 Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament, which this year takes place at Liverpool Cricket Club from the 18th to 21st of June. He also emphasised the importance of investing in young people and how sports like tennis are important in teaching dedication and discipline.  

Players involved in this year’s tournament include Mansour Bahrami, Barry Cowan, Michael Jeremy Bates, Anders Jarryd, Peter McNamara, Aljaz Bedene, Damir Dzumhur, Ana Bogdan and Elena Bogdan. 

Mr Borg also announced that there will be two centre courts at this year's tournament, and that Liverpool will attempt to win back the World Record for the most children participating a tennis lesson at the same time. The city won the record last year from Judy Murray, but within days, Ms Murray regained it. The record attempt on June 17th could see up to 800 children participating in a tennis lesson at the same time. 

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