14 Sep Cork club wins GOAL draw for first tennis net used under Wimbledonâ€™s new roof
Cork club wins GOAL draw for first tennis net used under Wimbledon’s new roof
Members of Cork’s Ballinlough Tennis Club are celebrating this week after discovering that they are the lucky winners of a rare piece of Wimbledon memorabilia, thanks to the aid agency GOAL.
Along with tennis clubs from all over Ireland and the UK, the Cork city club responded to a call from GOAL to enter a draw to win the first tennis net used under Wimbledon’s new roof and help raise money for the poorest of the poor in the Developing World.
Clubs made a contribution of €100 to GOAL for the opportunity to win the coveted net and the Cork club was the name pulled from the hat in the draw at the weekend.
The net was used for a Centre Court exhibition match which was held before the main Grand Slam event this summer involving a number of former tennis stars, including Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Tim Henman.
Personally signed by Henman and ex-Wimbledon champion, Pat Cash, the net will be delivered to the Cork City club in the coming days, where club secretary, Caroline Davy, revealed that the members were delighted with news of their success.
“It came as a great surprise and everyone is very happy that we won the net,” she said. “We are just deciding at the moment whether we will put it up on one of the courts, or whether we will exhibit it in the clubhouse.
“When we heard about the fundraiser, we had a meeting and decided that it would be a great way to help GOAL with their work in the Developing World and also to get our hands on some great tennis memorabilia,” Ms. Davy added.
GOAL CEO and tennis enthusiast John O’Shea congratulated Ballinlough on their win and expressed his gratitude to all the clubs who entered for their support.
“On behalf of everyone in GOAL and all those whose lives we are helping to rebuild, I want to thank Ballinlough Tennis Club and all the other clubs who entered the draw,” he said.