Heard all the hubbub about the new movie about tennis veterans, McEnroe v Borg? Well, two of the card trade’s stalwarts – PG’s co-owner Warren Lomax and Paperlink’s sales director Bill Greeno – are to hit the tennis court and play for almost five hours as a tribute Lynn Tait (who passed away earlier this year).
“You cannot be serious?” They definitely are, putting their competitive streaks to one side they are to raise money for Myeloma UK, the charity linked to the blood cancer that caused Lynn’s untimely passing.
What prompted the idea? As PG’s Warren Lomax explained, “Lynn was as fanatical about tennis as Bill and I. Unfortunately she passed away during the French Open in June. So, Bill and I thought a fitting challenge would be for us to play a match and attempt to break the Paris Open final match record length of four hours 42 minutes – and follow Lynn’s great example and raise money for charity in the process.”
Revealing an added personal poignancy for Bill, he said “as a young lad I used to play tennis with Lynn when we were both members of the same tennis club in Leigh. We were both coached by Dennis Lloyd, father of the famous Lloyd brothers tennis stars. Lynn and my tennis connection has spanned over 40 years as I also played in Lynn’s last tennis match ten years ago.”
The Lomax v Greeno marathon match is scheduled for Wednesday 15 November. The pair’s aim is to play competitively and continuously for longer than four hours and 42 minutes, thereby beating the longest ever French Open final which took place between Mats Wilander and Guillermo Vilas in 1982. Getting into the mode, Warren and Bill adopted the look of the two most famous players of that era, Borg and McEnroe for their promotional photograph! The match will take place at the Islington Tennis Centre, commencing at 7.00am and going through until noon.
A designated Just Giving page has been set up specifically for the match. If you would like to contribute in memory of Lynn, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/warren-bill