2014 Aegon International

Slice of 40 years

Barbara Manning from Eastbourne got a slice of fame on Devonshire Park’s Centre Court thanks to her winning design to celebrate 40 years of tennis on the south coast town.

Her design best reflected the history of the tournament with the Happy 40th Birthday Eastbourne cake featuring a trio of now retired tennis icons who had graced the Centre Court – namely Belgium Justine Henin, USA’s Martina Navratilova and Britain’s Virginia Wade.

The cake was presented between the first and second matches on Devonshire Park’s Centre Court on June 18.

The Men’s top seed Richard Gasquet was also going to be celebrating as he registered victory over Australian Bernard Tomic in the day’s opening match on his 28th birthday.

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