Swedes use centre ahead of Olympics

Tennis at Devonshire Park
Tennis at Devonshire Park

EASTBOURNE is looking forward to welcoming the Swedish Olympic tennis team this summer as they choose the south coast destination for their official Pre-2012 Games Training Camp.

The International Lawn Tennis Centre (ILTC), an official 2012 training venue and home of the AEGON International Tennis Championships, will be used by four Swedish players and their captains in the days leading up to the 2012 Games.

The team, which includes Johanna Larsson, Sofia Arvidsson, Robert Lindstedt and Robin Söderling, two times French Open finalist, will practise on the show courts at the ILTC in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park as well as make use of the state-of-the-art Sports Science Centre at the University of Brighton.

Councillor Neil Stanley said, “We are absolutely delighted that the Swedish Olympic tennis team has chosen to train here in Eastbourne for the biggest sporting event this country has ever seen.

“The International Lawn Tennis Centre hosts players from across the globe each year for the AEGON International Tennis Championships just before Wimbledon.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Swedish team here in the days just before the 2012 Games.

“I am confident Eastbourne will give them a world class welcome.”

The Swedish tennis team visited Eastbourne in January to view the training facilities at the seaside destination, including the cutting edge fitness suite at the Eastbourne campus of the University of Brighton.

With Eastbourne just 90 minutes from London by train and with close links to Gatwick, the town proved a hit with the team, who are all expected to compete at the Olympic Games this summer.

The Swedish tennis team will train in Eastbourne for four days leading up to the 2012 Games Opening Ceremony, staying in town in late July.