Warren and Bill’s game, set and match raises £3k for Lynn’s charity

PG’s Warren Lomax (right) in Borg mode with Paperlink’s Bill Greeno in McEnroe garb at the start of the match.

Paperlink’s sales director Bill Greeno and PG’s co-owner Warren Lomax battled it out on the tennis court yesterday (Wednesday 15 November), for almost five hours in a charity challenge in the memory of Lynn Tait, the founder of The Ladder Club who died in June.

It was not only tennis shots that Warren and Bill smashed in their mega match yesterday, as the tenacious duo exceeded their fundraising target three times over, raising over £3K for charity Myeloma UK, the blood cancer that caused the untimely death of lovely Lynn.

Brothers in arms – Warren and Bill (left) - at the end of their 4 hour, 47 minute tennis match yesterday.
Brothers in arms – Warren and Bill (left) – at the end of their 4 hour, 47 minute tennis match yesterday.

As PG’s Warren Lomax explained, “Lynn was as fanatical about tennis as Bill and I. Unfortunately she passed away during the French Open. So, Bill and I thought a fitting challenge would be for us to play a match and attempt to break the ParisOpen final match record length of four hours 42 minutes, that was between MatsWilander and Guillermo Vilas in 1982 – and follow Lynn’s great example and raise money for charity in the process.”

OK, so it wasn’t Wimbledon, but Bill didn’t throw in the towel!
OK, so it wasn’t Wimbledon, but Bill didn’t throw in the towel!

As a nod to the tennis heroes of the early 80s, Warren and Bill ‘became’ McEnroe and Borg to start the early morning match, but soon ditched their wigs and got down to business in a gruelling six set match, which involved many long rallies and stunning shots from both players.

Although Bill officially won the match, five sets to one, he was gracious in his victory: “The only true winner today is the charity.” Bill, who was not only used to partner Lynn on the tennis court when they were both youngsters and was also the last person to play her.

Among those who came to offer support during the marathon match were (far left-right) Danilo’s Daniel Prince and Paperlink’s Tim Purcell and (far right-left) PG’s Gale Astley and Jakki Brown.
Among those who came to offer support during the marathon match were (far left-right) Danilo’s Daniel Prince and Paperlink’s Tim Purcell and (far right-left) PG’s Gale Astley and Jakki Brown.

With the ATP world tennis championships currently underway at the O2 arena, only a few miles from the Islington Tennis Centre where the Lomax v Greeno match was played, Warren said that unfortunately due to the press deadlines of Progressive Greetings, he was unable to participate this year!

“I really don’t think Federer would be able to compete with my all action style!” said PG’s ‘ball boy’ Lomax.

 Anyone still wishing to donate to the cause can do so, via the designated Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/warren-bill

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