Iconic sporting trophy the Davis Cup inspired the next generation of tennis stars when it went on display in Bedford.
The trophy was in Russell Park on Tuesday (May 17), where “come and try” tennis sessions were being held on Longholme Meadow.
Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The Davis Cup is the World Cup of men’s tennis, and it’s fantastic that we are able to host the trophy here in Bedford.
“We have numerous free public courts available for anyone to give tennis a try, in addition to a number of excellent clubs around the Borough. With the warmer weather arriving, there’s every reason to give tennis a try, and hopefully this exciting occasion will inspire more people to do so.”
The trophy was lifted by the men’s GB team - which includes Andy and Jamie Murray - in Belgium last November. The win was Great Britain’s first Davis Cup victory in 79 years.
Youngsters who have not played tennis before will be encouraged to sign up for the Davis Cup Legacy programme at Bedford’s Riverside Tennis Club. The programme is part of a national scheme aiming to give out 10,000 rackets to a new generation of players.
The Davis Cup Legacy Programme is running on Wednesdays and Sundays after the June Half Term and throughout autumn 2016.
Go to www.lta.org.uk/daviscuplegacy for more information.