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Anyone for tennis talk and close-up with the sport's 'World Cup'?

Sports fans will have the chance to get up close to the 'World Cup of Tennis' at an event at University Centre Shrewsbury's learning and research base. People are invited to see the Davis Cup and take photographs before hearing from the President of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Cathie Sabin, and UCS's tennis-playing Professor of Applied Exercise Science, John Buckley, during the free event on Friday 19th February.

The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the premier international team event in tennis. The trophy was lifted by the Great Britain team - which includes Andy and Jamie Murray - in November 2015. The win was Great Britain's first Davis Cup victory in 79 years.

The event, organised by UCS, the Shrewsbury Club and Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) takes place at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay from 1pm to 2.30pm. Members of Energize, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin - the county sports partnership - will also be on hand to share information and talk to visitors.

Cathie Sabin, who hails from Shropshire, was on court in Belgium to receive the Davis Cup on behalf of the LTA. She is the first female president of the LTA and was recently awarded an OBE.

Cathie will outline the British team's journey from the bottom tier of world tennis to winners in five years, what it means to British tennis to win the Cup again after almost eight decades and the potential legacy of the victory.

John, who was once a tennis coach and currently plays for the Shrewsbury Club men's team and Shropshire's senior men's squad, leads courses and research in the Medicine and Science of Health and Exercise at UCS. He will give a presentation and discuss the health and science of tennis.

The Davis Cup is coming to Shrewsbury as part of the Aegon GB Pro Series events, hosted by the Shrewsbury Club. The competition is one of the biggest sporting events in Shropshire, being part of the International Tennis Federation World Series and attracting players from across Europe.

John said: "We are thrilled that the Cup is coming to University Centre Shrewsbury and to host this event with the Shrewsbury Club and the BID. Being a keen tennis player, it is an exciting and huge privilege to be involved with this event.

"Working together with local sports clubs, community organisations and national bodies, it is fantastic to have such opportunities to contribute to Shropshire's events calendar and sporting life.

"The event is free and open to everyone, so please do come and share in our excitement for the sport, the GB Davis Cup team's victory and the arrival of this show-stopping trophy in Shrewsbury."

Dave Courteen, the Shrewsbury Club's Managing Director said: "We are so proud that the LTA has allowed us to bring the Davis Cup to Shrewsbury for its first visit away from the National Tennis Centre in London.

"It is a real pleasure to work with University Centre Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury BID to hold this event in the centre of the town.

"We hope that people will be encouraged to come and watch some of the world class tennis we have on at the Shrewsbury Club in February, with the hosting of the Aegon GB Pro Series."

Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury BID Executive Director added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Shrewsbury to see a great sporting trophy after a historic GB win last year.

"It's set to be a one-off occasion for people to see the Cup and learn more about the sport. We expect to see many people at the event and in town to make the most of it being here."

To book places for the event go to Eventbrite or call 01743 297185.