Pat Cash returned to Lee-on-the-Solent for the tennis club’s centenary open day. Joined this year by Dan Lobb from ITV’s Daybreak and recently Loose Women, Dan was previously a UK top 20 professional tennis player, and played country tennis with the club’s Director of Tennis Chris Wilkinson.
The format of the day built upon previous successful open days with free coaching for kids and adults in the morning, entertainment in the form of ballon modelling, magic shows, face painting, games, a Zumba demonstration and an excellent selection of drinks, and food. I was shooting for the club as the official photographer, one of a series of PR and commercial photography jobs I do for this client every year with a reasonably open remit to document the day as it happens and capture some key PR images for the club and their sponsors.
The main event was a re-match between Chris and Pat Cash with Dan Lobb commenting, and again it was Chris Wilkinson emerging victorious with a demonstration of consistent and tricky returns which Pat just couldn’t live with. There were some excellent moments with Pat working the crowd, even at one point getting his “guns” out and proffering them to the spectators. Dan interviewed the players throughout the match, and then picked up a racquet himself for a doubles match with Pat and local player Joe Moore taking on the old county partnership of Lobb and Wilkinson and then a final doubles match with club juniors playing an extended tie-break match with Pat Cash and Dan Lobb.
Sadly Dan picked up a (very) minor injury whilst demonstrating his “caterpiller”, and we wish him all the best for a well healed chin before he takes to the Daybreak sofa next week.
Images from the entire day can be viewed, and purchased, in an online gallery. Attendees can find the password in the programme, or by contacting the club. Previous years images can also be viewed from that page.
Here are a small selection of the images from the day. Now I’ll return to editing some of our beautiful newborn baby photography.