Centenary Book

New book charts the history of ‘Sunny Hunny’


A book celebrating the centenary of the Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament is on sale and available to order.


‘Wimbledon-on-Sea: 100 years of the Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament’ has been researched and written by long-standing committee member and tournament competitor, Ashley Martin.


Detailing how ‘Sunny Hunny’ started and subsequently became an ‘open’ event when sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association in 1923, the 156-page book outlines the Tournament’s expansion over the years into what is now, the largest in the UK and possibly the world.


Featuring anecdotes from newspaper cuttings over the years and tournament memories from players past and present, the book also details the winners of the five ‘open’ events – gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles, gentlemen’s and ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles – from 1923-2019.


The book also identifies the most successful players in the Tournament’s history in terms of number of ‘open’ titles won.


Tournament secretary Chris Holt, who has been involved in the Tournament for almost 50 years, said: “For everyone who loves the tournament and has played in it, or spectated, the book is essential reading and will bring to life dim and distant memories of what has become ‘little Wimbledon’.”


Author, Ashley Martin said: “From beginners to future Wimbledon champions, Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament has attracted all-comers over 100 years and remains a unique fixture in Britain’s summer sporting calendar. For me, researching and writing the book has been a labour of love.”


The event was dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Tennis’ by the Lawn Tennis Association when ‘Sunny Hunny’ was named the organisation’s Competition of the Year in 2020.


By buying the book you will be supporting the tournament’s future, as all proceeds from sales go towards the cost of staging the annual event.


To order your copy – click HERE


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