Law firm heads for the courts

SUFFOLK law firm Gotelee & Goldsmith is serving up its sixth year of sponsorship of the East of England International Lawn Tennis Championships. The event, now in its 113th year, is hosted by the Felixstowe Tennis Club and runs from Sunday, July 5, to Sunday, July 12.

SUFFOLK law firm Gotelee & Goldsmith is serving up its sixth year of sponsorship of the East of England International Lawn Tennis Championships.

The event, now in its 113th year, is hosted by the Felixstowe Tennis Club and runs from Sunday, July 5, to Sunday, July 12.

Each year, the tournament attracts world-ranking players to Suffolk providing an opportunity for tennis enthusiasts to watch international quality tennis at close quarters. The main events are a Ladies $10,000 and a Men's $15,000 challenge.

Jonathan Ripman, partner at Gotelee & Goldsmith, said: "This is the sixth year of our involvement with Felixstowe Tennis Club and the International Lawn Tennis Championships.


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“Building the profile of a major tournament was always going to take time .We believe that our commitment and sponsorship has gone a long way to ensuring that top world ranked men and women players regard the Felixstowe Championships as the No1 profile tennis tournament in East Anglia . With all of the excitement at Wimbledon and a possible British winner, it should be a cracking week of tennis".

The doubles finals take place on Saturday, July 11, and the singles finals on Sunday, July 12.

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The men's qualifying rounds are on Sunday, July 5 and Monday, July 6, and the women's qualifying on Monday, July 6, and Tuesday, July 7.

The top-ranked woman player registered for the main draw is Briton Anna Smith, who is ranked 391st in the world, and is among the top 10 British women players. Right-handed Ms Smith, who is based in Surrey, started playing tennis at the age of 10 and lists her favourite playing surface as the hard court.

The top-ranked male player is Austrian Martin Fischer, who is ranked 222nd. The 1.72m right handed player started playing tennis at the age of four and his favourite surfaces are clay and grass. Outside of tennis, he is a Manchester United fan. The next ranked male player is Robert Smeets, coincidentally of Ipswich in Australia, at 250th, followed by fellow Australian Greg Jones who is 363rd in the world, and was ranked number four in the world in the junior world rankings two years ago.

Tickets for the event cost: Sunday, July 5: no charge; Monday, July 6, full �4, concessions �3; Tuesday, July 7 to Friday, July 10, full �6, concessions �5; Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, full �8, concessions �7; weekly �20, no concessions.

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