Top class tennis at Eastbourne is celebrating its 40th birthday this summer with the return of the Aegon International at Devonshire Park from June 14-21.
Past winners of this prestigious tournament include legends such as 11-time champion Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Virginia Wade, Jana Novotna, Justine Henin and Lindsay Davenport.
To celebrate this event, the Aegon International is calling on tennis and baking fans from the Sussex area to design a spectacular birthday cake, to celebrate the sport and this historic tournament.
The winning design will be chosen by a panel which will include Culinary Olympic gold medallist and award-winning sugar artist Michelle Wibowo from Lindfield. Michelle’s stunning cake creations have included sculptures of Andy Murray, The Queen, Beyonce in Oreos, and Michaelangelo paintings in marshmallows and cake sprinkles.
Michelle will create her interpretation of the winning design and the amazing ‘Happy Birthday Eastbourne’ cake will be unveiled at the tournament in June.
Pieces of the cake will then be sold during the event to raise money for the Rally for Bally charity exhibition match, being held at the Aegon International on June 15.
The match is being played in memory of former British number one Elena Baltacha, who lost her battle with liver cancer on Sunday on May 4, at the age of 30. Money raised will go to the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The winning cake designer will receive complimentary lunch and access to the Aegon International so they can see their final celebration cake when it’s unveiled.
For design guidelines and information on how to enter your cake design visit www.lta.org.uk/cake
For information on how to get tickets for the Aegon International visit www.aegoninternational.co.uk
How to enter:
Designs of no larger than 5MB should be submitted, with name, address and phone number (plus age for children), via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Designs can also be submitted by post, with the entrant’s name, address and phone number (plus age for children), to Eastbourne Birthday Cake, Run Communications, The Dock, Wilbury Villas, Hove BN3 6AH.