Support would be very much appreciated this Saturday afternoon (2pm) when Carisbrooke Tennis Club host a first-round tie in the historic Mercury Cup mixed doubles tournament.
The knock-out cup contest, sponsored by the Leicester Mercury newspaper, is the county’s oldest tennis trophy after being founded 98 years ago in 1920.
And it’s a tournament in which Carisbrooke has enjoyed plenty of success in recent years, winning the crown in 2012, 2013 and 2015 while also finishing as runners-up in 2014.
The victory in 2012 was the club’s first Mercury Cup triumph for 16 years but Carisbrooke had won the title on a remarkable 32 occasions prior to 1996.
However, we have been defeated at the quarter-final stages in the past two seasons and the club is hoping for a bounceback cup run this year.
Carisbrooke have been seeded number four for the 2018 campaign and this weekend’s opponents in the first-round are Leicester Forest East, who won through to the competition-proper after negotiating a tricky opponent in Roundhill in a preliminary-round clash a fortnight ago.
Long-standing Mercury Cup captain Liz Mansell does a tremendous job in marshalling The Brooke’s troops each year and it would be a big boost to the team to have an energetic crowd at Kenwood Road this Saturday to cheer on the side.
The bar will be open in the usual Brooke fashion to keep supporters refreshed and no doubt there’ll be a buoyant atmosphere. The weather is set fair (touch wood; no jinxes) with sunny intervals so it’s shaping up to be an exciting day’s tennis.
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