Grantham Tennis Club celebrates grand opening of new facilities

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Grantham Tennis Club celebrated the grand opening of its new £3.2 million facilities at Arnoldfield on Saturday.

There was a full day full of tennis, barbecuing, socialising, ribbon cutting, and unveiling of a mosaic. There was also a flypast by a Spitfire to add to the great atmosphere.

Andrew Castle and Lianne Tapson cut the tape to officially open Grantham Tennis Club's new facilities.

Andrew Castle and Lianne Tapson cut the tape to officially open Grantham Tennis Club's new facilities.

The club were honoured by the presence of a team from the Lincolnshire LTA, former professional British number one Andrew Castle, and the newly-appointed LTA president Cathie Sabin.

Both VIP guests gave a speech which was appreciated by all at the club, especially those who have worked extremely hard to make the new build possible – most especially Lianne Tapson and Sarah Patton who were instrumental in seeing the club’s ambitious project come to fruition.

The guests expressed how they were honoured to be part of the opening of the fantastic new facilities.

The weather was on their side as the rain managed to hold off and members were able to enjoy the new facilities at the club and make full use of all the 13 new outdoor courts all day long.

The club can now boast outdoor facilities comprising five artificial clay courts, four artificial grass, and four mini red courts. There are also four indoor acrylic courts.

Also amongst the facilities, there is a gymnasium on two floors, bar, cafe, sports shop and even an art and crafts section.

l The following day, Grantham Tennis Club were involved competitively in two Aegon matches.

The men’s first team played away to a strong Louth side. The team consisteing of Richard Cragg, James Drennan, Joe Patton and Richard Smart, were unable to beat the Louth side at home, losing 6-0 on hard courts.

The ladies’ first team travelled away to a very strong Burton Waters for their Aegon match, but unfortunately suffered the same fate as the men, losing 6-0. The team comprised Lianne Tapson, Megan Jones, Ella Tapson and Mel Bloodworth.