The week after the Fever-Tree Championships is normally a sombre affair for most tennis fans as they get over the highs of the previous week. Unfortunately, with the cancellation of the 2020 Tournament due to the coronavirus it was set to be a disappointing summer for tennis lovers at Queen’s. With no professional tennis set to be played on the famous Centre Court this year, it was decided that The Queen’s Club would offer its own Members the unique opportunity of playing on Centre Court.
During the intended week of the Fever-Tree Championships a ballot was held for Queen’s Club Members to win the chance to play on Centre Court with fellow Members. There were 400 entrants in total, with over 75 lucky Members winning the opportunity to be gracing the court that Feliciano Lopez described as the best grass court in the world.
Over the next two weeks, with the weather set fair, The Queen’s Club Members will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on Centre Court. Queen’s will be buzzing with Members seeking to recreate their favourite memories of the famous matches they have watched take place on Centre Court down the years.
A big thank you must go to Ross Niland, The Queen’s Club CEO and The Queen’s Club Board, for agreeing to offer Members this opportunity in support of The Queen’s Club Foundation, and also to The Queen’s Club Groundsmen who have worked during lockdown to keep the court in fantastic condition. Finally, The Queen’s Club Foundation would like to thank all of the Queen’s Members who entered. Their generosity, raised over £7,000 for the Foundation, money which will go towards facilitating sessions for young people to get active again once restrictions have been lifted.