Ambassadors to promote 4th annual tournament
HAVE you heard the one about the footballer, the politician and the tennis player?
It's no joke - the trio are throwing their weight behind the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2005.
The Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Mike Storey, is teaming up with ex-Liverpool captain
Phil Thompson and former British number one Barry Cowan to become Official Ambassadors for the tournament.
They will be raising awareness of the tournament and generating interest in the sport among the city's
Councillor Storey said: "It's fantastic for Liverpool to host this tremendous event, which continues to grow
in prestige and popularity each year.
"This tournament has really captured the imagination of people in Liverpool over these past few years and I'm
sure it will leave a lasting impression on our young sports fans.
"By bringing tennis to the community, I hope we can nurture their enthusiasm and talent and hopefully produce
future champions of our own."
Phil Thompson said: "The tournament is a fantastic opportunity for the kids across the region to experience
a different sport other than football and see it played by professionals at the height of their game and in a
"The event is played in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere but you can see the players are out there to win and
it's great to see them taking time to chat with the kids who attend the tournament".
Barry Cowan said: "I'm honoured and excited to be an Ambassador for the Liverpool International.
"Both the city and the area are close to my heart as I grew up in the region and the tournament is rapidly
growing into a regular fixture for the city.
"I hope one day Liverpool will produce a world class tennis player!"
The tournament is organised by Northern Vision Ltd, in partnership with Liverpool City Council and the
Liverpool Culture Company.
Legendary names including Martina Navratilova and Pat Cash will be among the stars in action at Calderstones Park
on June 8-12.
Tournament Director, Anders Borg, said: "We are delighted that Mike, Phil and Barry are showing such commitment
to the event.
"It is our ambition to work together to raise awareness of the tournament and the game of tennis itself across
the region in an attempt to make tennis Liverpool's second most popular sport.
"However, I think we will need a miracle to beat the popularity of football!"
The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament runs from the
8-12 June 2005 at Calderstones Park.
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