New courts to be opened

CULLERCOATS Tennis Club are to officially open their new courts on Saturday.

Ken Atchison will partner current ladies’ singles champion Abigail Lemberger and Pat Bottrill will team up with Rory Thompson in a celebration mixed doubles exhibition match that spans the ages.

Lemberger and Thompson are top juniors and last year were Northumberland’s Road to Wimbledon finalists.

Before the match, Atchison – who recently turned 80 and who has been a member for almost 60 years – will open the three newly-refurbished courts.

There will also be a showcase of mini red tennis and an exhibition match between Sam Lemberger and Jordan Simpson.

The event at the courts next to St George’s Church starts at 1.45pm.

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The new season at Cullercoats Tennis Club kicks-off on April 1.