Liverpool Hope University extends its sponsorship of the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament

Hope has extended its previous four-year deal to cover the 16th edition of the tournament, which takes place at Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth, June 15-18

Jeremy Bates, Wang Qiang, and Peter McNamara at the launch of the Liverpool Hope tennis study
Jeremy Bates, Wang Qiang, and Peter McNamara at the launch of the Liverpool Hope tennis study

Liverpool Hope University has confirmed its role as title sponsor of the 2017 Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.

The University has extended its previous four-year deal to cover the 16th edition of the tournament, which takes place at Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth, June 15-18.

Hope says its decision reflects its “long-term commitment” to sports and health science research and to encouraging the health and wellbeing of students and staff.

The university recently opened a new £14.47m Sports and Science Complex, and its School of Health Sciences is currently working on the UK’s largest study into the health benefits of playing tennis as we age.

Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat, associate professor, School of Health Sciences, said: “The tournament, and the research we are currently undertaking in the School of Health Sciences have the same aims – to promote fitness and wellbeing.”

Tennis legends Jeremy Bates and Peter McNamara, ATP player and world number 73 Wang Qiang, and tennis protégé Macy Clarke helped the university launch the tennis study in the build up to last year’s tournament.

The Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament has grown to become the longest-running and largest tennis exhibition in Europe. Since 2002, it has introduced up and coming and established WTA and ATP players combined with the ever-popular Legends of Tennis.

It is also being supported by Liverpool law firm MSB Solicitors.

Tournament organiser Anders Borg added: “We are so pleased with our continuous relationship with Liverpool Hope University and are looking forward to another great event this summer.

“Tennis is going through one of its best times ever, combining Andy Murray’s world number 1 ranking with Roger Federer’s 18th Grand Slam.

“It’s also very encouraging that we are learning more about the long term health benefits of playing tennis.

“It is important to have Liverpool Hope University and other partners on-board, to keep the largest tennis exhibition in Europe here in Liverpool.”

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