Sunderland hosts the 2014 National Premier League Tennis Finals

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Sunderland is set to host the National Premier League tennis finals for the third consecutive time from March 27 to 30.

Sunderland City Council is sponsoring the four-day event, which will attract 16 teams from across the country to complete at the Sunderland Tennis Centre in Silksworth.

Some of the country’s leading tennis players and clubs will compete to be crowned champions at the Sunderland Tennis Centre in Silksworth, including Moorside-based Virgin Active Wearside Racquets Club.

Cabinet Secretary for Sunderland City Council, Councillor Mel Speding, said: “Following last year’s sell-out crowds, we are looking forward to welcoming fans from around the country to the Sunderland Tennis Centre.”

Council Speding has announced that players will be promoting the sport at the grass roots level by talking to students at local schools and inviting a few of them to be ball boys and ball girls for the event.

As part of that engagement at grass-roots level, the Durham University team will visit Richard Avenue Primary School on Tuesday 18 March at 9.30am where its captain Johnny Binding used to be a pupil.

Sunderland City Council is sponsoring this high profile national sporting event with alongside Sunderland College, University of Sunderland, Advanced Vehicle Leasing, Dunlop Sport and the HPM Group.

Tickets for qualifying rounds Thursday March 27 (10am – 7pm), quarter-finals March 26 (1pm – 6pm), semi-finals March 27 (11am – 3pm) and the final on Sunday at 2pm are available from Sunderland Tennis Centre.

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