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Countdown begins for Britain’s biggest tennis tournament

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The Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament deadline is fast approaching, with just one month left for entries.

Currently sponsored by the City Pub Group, the event will run from Sunday, August 18 to Saturday, August 24.

It is set to feature 38 grass courts at the Hunstanton Recreation Ground.

Tournament secretary Chris Holt (right) presents a cheque for £565 to the Hunstanton and District Foodbank following last year's event Tournament secretary Chris Holt (right) presents a cheque for £565 to the Hunstanton and District Foodbank following last year’s event (Image: Submitted)

Since 1920, the tournament has drawn thousands of competitors, ranging from under 10s to over 75s.

Tournament secretary Chris Holt, who is celebrating his 49th year in the post, said: “The family-orientated tournament, which sees second, third and fourth generations of families competing and spectating year after year, promises to be as successful as ever this year – subject to the British weather co-operating!”

“Planning the tournament is a year-round task.

Charlie Swaine won the men's singles as a 16-year-old in 2023 Charlie Swaine won the men’s singles as a 16-year-old in 2023 (Image: Submitted)

“But thanks to a very supportive and hard-working committee, I have seen the event expand from a small six-day tournament with around 20 events held on about 10 courts to the award-winning success it is today.”

The tournament, dubbed “Sunny Hunny” and the “Glastonbury of Tennis,” was recognised as “Competition of the Year” in 2020 by the Lawn Tennis Association.

It also includes a round-robin event for budding young stars just starting their transition into the sport.

Despite 300 players having already signed up for the tournament, Mr Holt expects the number to triple in the coming weeks.

Alice Gamman receives the trophy from Hunstanton Mayor cllr Michael Ruston Alice Gamman receives the trophy from Hunstanton Mayor cllr Michael Ruston (Image: Submitted)

The 2024 Hunstanton Tournament, backed by first-time sponsor The City Pub Group, is open to various skill levels, from beginners to top county standard and nationally ranked players.

The tournament will aid the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), a charity committed to safeguarding mariners and beachgoers along the shoreline.

Part of the donations will be given to the Brancaster NCI, and representatives will be present during the week-long event.

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