Nearly 80 senior business people from across Sussex attended a special event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of women’s tennis in Eastbourne.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Aegon International hosted the celebratory breakfast in Devonshire Park.
Attendees were welcomed by Martin Corrie, Deputy President of the LTA and Chairman of the Aegon International, and guest of honour was the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.
Business people heard from LTA President Cathie Sabin who praised the unique relationship between Eastbourne, the world’s top women’s players and the LTA.
She said that players found Eastbourne a welcoming and hospitable place for their pre-Wimbledon competition.
Guests to the breakfast, which was organised by Cobb PR on behalf of the LTA, also heard from Ian Murray, Head of Sponsorship and Events for Aegon.
Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt said he looked forward to welcoming back the LTA to Eastbourne in future years.
He added. “The AEGON International Tennis Championships are one of the world’s most prestigious fixtures.
“ We are thrilled that Eastbourne has been able to host the tournament for 40 years and we look forward to working in partnership with the LTA in the future.”
Held since 1974, the tournament brings millions of pounds into the Eastbourne economy, with tens of thousands of sports fans flocking to Eastbourne during the week.
Tim Cobb, managing director of Cobb PR, said, “The Aegon International is the jewel in the crown of our events calendar in Eastbourne.
“I would like to thank all our contacts in the Sussex business community for attending this prestigious event.”