126th Framlingham Tennis Tournament
Details of the Framlingham Tennis Tournament, as seen in the East Anglian Daily Times.
The article outlines the historic Framlingham Tennis Tournament held on the grounds of Framlingham College, an event that attracts players from under eight year old through to those over 70.
Tournament chairman James Lightfoot said
"The college has set up the grass courts in a lovely new location. I am proud to be the chairman of such a tournament, one that provides competition for an extraordinary range of players from under eight"
It takes a lot to stop the tennis in Framlingham!
Gales and lashing rain cancelled events around the country but the Framlingham Tennis Tournament safely battled on with plucky competitors and helpful spectators.
Reported in the East Anglian Daily Times Monday 12th August 2019
Crowds enjoyed the tennis in Framlingham!
The sun shone down on Thursday - traditionally the day of the finals at the Framlingham Tennis Tournament.
Reported in the East Anglian Daily Times August 2019
World Champ Hassel set for Framlingham - her 60th year!!
Suffolk tennis legend Joan Hassell is preparing for her 60th Framlingham tournament. Oh, and she also happens to be a world champion. Terry Hunt talked to her.
Do you know Suffolk has a tennis world champion? I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I didn’t - until I met the remarkable Joan Hassell.
I chatted to 77-year-old Joan about her 60th appearance at the Framlingham Tennis Tournament, which takes place next week.
That is extraordinary enough, but when Joan casually mentioned in conversation that she had also held a world title, I had to find out just a little more about that!
It happened three years ago, when Joan was 75, and she and her partner won their age group ladies doubles in the Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Croatia.
It is an achievement which Joan singles out as the highlight of her long and highly successful tennis career. Her first trophy came at the Felixstowe tournament, when she won the under-15 title.
But let’s focus on the Framlingham Tennis Tournament, where it’s no exaggeration to describe Joan as a legend. This will be her 60th appearance at what is Britain’s second longest established tennis event, after a low-profile tournament called Wimbledon.
In six decades of competing at Framlingham, she has won the Suffolk Singles ladies’ title no fewer than eight times, the ladies’ doubles eight times, and the open event twice. A formidable record!
Even in her late 70s, she’s still winning trophies at Framlingham, capturing the over-40s mixed doubles last year with her son-in-law, Nicky Giles.
So what makes Framlingham so special? “There are lots of reasons,” says Joan, who lives near Ipswich, “It’s very friendly, and attracts people from all walks of life from all over the county and beyond.
“People come along and they all get on. It is as much a social event as a tennis tournament! Then there’s the beautiful setting (the tournament takes place at Framlingham College) and the facilities improve every year.”
Joan’s three grandchildren go to the tournament, and a quote from one of them summed up how they feel about the tournament: “I don’t want Framlingham to ever end.”
This year’s Framlingham Tennis Tournament, which starts next Monday, is the 125th and there are some special events to mark the anniversary.
There will be additional food and drink stalls through the week, with everything from Pimms to ice cream to biltong.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be a fastest serve machine for players and visitors to try.
On Tuesday evening, there will be the annual charity tennis evening, with themed fancy dress of famous tennis players.
On Thursday, world-class sports photographer Simon Stacpoole will be visiting to capture the action on Suffolk Finals Day.
Then on Saturday, at 3.30pm, there will be an 1883-style tea, along with an exhibition of tennis memorabilia, including rackets used by Framlingham winners Bunny Austin and Christine Janes (Truman), both of whom competed at a Framlingham and went on to be finalists at Wimbledon.
Admission to the tea is free, but those wishing to go along are asked to e-mail email@example.com in advance.
A great article in the latest edition of Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine, published by Framlingham's local business Today Magazines.
See the full article here
Framlingham holds so many memories for Star Christine
After an association going back more than 65 years, Grand Slam winner Christine Janes (formerly Truman) is very Proud to be President of the Framlingham Tennis Tournament, one of the oldest in the country. She spoke to Terry Hunt at her home in Aldeburgh.
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A landmark anniversary for historic tennis event
Britain's second oldest tournament - staged in the heart of Suffolk - celebrates a momentous anniversary this year.
The 125th Framlingham Tennis Tournament will take place from August 6th to 11th at Framlingham College
See Terry Hunt's article from the East Anglian Daily TImes here