2017 Boodles Tennis at the Mere - photo special

Belgium's Xavier Malisse and Kim Clijsters (left) with France's Marion Bartoli

Belgium's Xavier Malisse and Kim Clijsters (left) with France's Marion Bartoli - Credit: Pics; John Cocks

Tennis stars return to Cheshire

Glasses of Taittinger and Pimms clinked at a reception celebrating the launch of the annual Boodles Tennis event at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa.

Guests at the ladies’ day event in Knutsford enjoyed a three course lunch with wine before the tennis got underway with a singles match between former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and Kim Clijsters, followed by a doubles exhibition match.

Afternoon tea was then served on the terrace while guests enjoyed the sunshine.

Tournament director, Vicky Collins, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have raised £10,000 for the Seashell Trust this year. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the charity across the three-day event, and thank you to all our sponsors for providing some fantastic raffle prizes too.’ w