Davis Cup stars deliver masterclass

Former Davis Cup player Luke Milligan gives a masterclass at Boston Tennis Club..
Former Davis Cup player Luke Milligan gives a masterclass at Boston Tennis Club..

Former Great Britain Davis Cup players Danny Sapsford and Luke Milligan provided a masterclass at Boston Tennis Club on Saturday.

The on court activities were brought to a conclusion by an exhibition match which saw club coaches Richard Cook and Steve Wood team up with Sapsford and Milligan respectively for a game of doubles.

Sapsford played on the ATP Tour from 1987-1999 and represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup from 1990-95.

He competed in all four Grand Slams with his best performance coming at Wimbledon in 1999, where he lost to Pete Sampras in the third round.

Milligan also reached the third round of Wimbledon in 1996 and lost to Tim Henman.

He also played Davis Cup in the same year.

The duo were representing the charity Bright Ideas for Tennis, which aims to provide tennis clubs with a means to generate funds in order to develop tennis projects.

In this instance Bright Ideas for Tennis is giving Boston Community Tennis Partnership the opportunity to generate funds to help to support the schools tennis programme.

The Davis Cup players provided a series of masterclasses for club members of all ages and abilities.

In total, 94 club members, ranging in age from five years to 70-plus, participated.

A post-exhibition tournament was held, with Milligan winning the men’s competition and Tracy Hull the ladies’ winner.

Just under £2,000 was raised and that will go towards the cost of helping youngsters in to the game of tennis through outreach activities.

At the end of the day Michael Milnes, Boston Tennis Club chairman and organiser of the Summer Doubles League, presented the Summer Doubles League Trophies to Emma Mastin and Zach McDonnell-Woods, who are the two 2014 winners.

Pictured is Katie Mastin receiving her trophy from Michael Milnes.