Leeds rolls out the green carpet for Wimbledon

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Oh, I say – tennis lovers in Leeds are set for a smashing time during this year’s Wimbledon.

A dedicated seating area has been organised in Millennium Square, where the tournament is being shown on the big screen.

Northern Bloc's Emma Guess with Coun Stuart McKenna.

Northern Bloc's Emma Guess with Coun Stuart McKenna.

The space comes complete with deckchairs, artificial grass and picnic blankets, giving the middle of Leeds its very own equivalent of Henman Hill.

Fans can enhance their Wimbledon-style experience by buying strawberries and cream, ice cream and Pimms.

And Leeds City Council is hopeful that the spirit of SW19 will encourage more people to pick up a racquet and head down to their local court.

Coun Stuart McKenna, the council’s lead member for sport and active lifestyles, said: “Wimbledon is one of the nation’s favourite sporting events and the big screen on Millennium Square is the perfect place for people in Leeds to enjoy all the action.

“The square is always a popular place for people to watch sport outdoors, especially in the sunshine.

“We also usually see a rise in the number of people taking up sport during big events like Wimbledon, and tennis is a great way to stay fit and active over the summer so I hope as well as enjoying spectating, people are also inspired to get involved in some sport or physical activity.”

The Millennium Square attraction is a joint initiative between the council and local ice cream firm Northern Bloc.

Northern Bloc directors Josh Lee and Dirk Mischendahl said they were “really pleased” to be involved.

Action from Wimbledon – which got under way today – will be shown on the Millennium Square screen up to and including the men’s final, on Sunday, July 12.

For information about playing tennis in Leeds, visit www.tennis-in-leeds.co.uk.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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