Phil Disley has created the official t-shirt print

Liverpool born illustrator and artist Phil Disley has created the new official t-shirt print for the Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, which features John McEnroe and Martina Hingis.

Born in Liverpool in 1971 Phil moved on from a Diploma in Foundation of Art to studying Graphics at Newcastle University where he came away with a BA degree and returning to his home City began the slow path to recognition. Today, Phil Disley is acknowledged as one of Britain’s foremost Illustrators.

From modest beginnings with a first illustration in the ‘Big Issue’ in 1993, his work has regularly appeared in such esteemed publications as The Times and The Guardian. Soon his unique style was recognised in America and commissions arrived from The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, US Magazine and Men’s Health. Seeking a new and exciting talent, Oxford University Press has commissioned illustrations for many educational publications with Harper Collins and Little, Brown Book Group engaging him for several book covers.

In 2002 Phil was approached by Ace Tennis Magazine and subsequently worked for them until 2008. This successful collaboration led to numerous commissions from the LTA and an invitation four years running to showcase work in his home town at The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament. He has been lauded by his peers and won a number of awards within the industry. Phil’s work is often as appreciated by his subjects as by editors and the general public.

Collectors of his work include, David Cameron, Marco Pierre White and Judy Murray. Phil Disley client list includes: The Times, Harper Collins, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Little, Brown book Group, Fairchild Publishing, Classic FM, The Observer, Decanter, The Spectator, The Evening Standard, Empire, The Tablet, Golf Magazine, Top Gear, GQ, Marketing Week, Redwood Publishing, Ace Tennis Magazine, Esquire, Sony music, The Independent, The wall Street Journal, John brown publishing, The Financial Times, LA Times, Harpers & Queen, Men’s Health, Nature publishing, London Illustrated News, The Radio Times, Common Wealth, The Telegraph, Oxford university Press, Sports Illustrated, Haymarket Publishing, Us Weekly, Forbes Magazine, Mojo Music Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine

Northern Vision secures partnership with Matalan

Northern Vision, organisers of the Tradition ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, has today announced that retail giants Matalan have agreed to become presenting sponsors. As part of the agreement Matalan will become one of the main presenting sponsors to all three of Northern Vision’s UK based tournaments held in Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. Northern Vision’s ultimate aim is to bring world class tennis players to the north of England and make the game accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

In doing so, both Northern Vision and Matalan hope to engage as many young people as possible with an estimated 35,000 children already being exposed to the sport since the event in Liverpool began in 2002. Each of the three tournaments will have its own designated ‘kids zone’ where around 1,000 children per day will be able to experience a range of different activities all geared around getting them to pick up a racquet.

Lee Pinnington, Head of Marketing at Matalan said: “We want to play our part in raising awareness about the tournaments in the local communities around our stores and in doing so, getting as many youngsters as we can actively involved in taking up the game of tennis “. Northern Vision has demonstrated their capabilities in organising and delivering first class events in the past which is why we had little hesitation when we were asked to come on board.”

Anders Borg, Director of Northern Vision, said: “I am thrilled to be able to announce our partnership with Matalan. It’s a well run organisation with an outstanding reputation and sizable, loyal customer base. I am confident with their support and direction we will be able to continue to build a strong platform for all three UK tournaments.”

The launch of the partnership will be at the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, at Calderstones Park, which is being held between June 16th -20th. This year will see one of the most famous names in tennis history, John McEnroe, on centre court alongside a host of great names from the games past and present. Tickets for the tennis are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2332 or by logging onto www.liverpooltennis.co.uk

Northern Vision gives aspiring young tennis players the opportunity of a liftime

Liverpool’s finest ball boys and girls will make their debut at the prestigious Davis Cup which is being staged in the city for the first time.

The 18 youngsters are all aspiring tennis stars from Liverpool and currently perform their ball duties at the Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, which is organised by Northern Vision and takes place annually at Calderstones Park.

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This latest opportunity arose after their trainer Kristine George, 20, from Wavertree was headhunted by the Lawn Tennis Association. The LTA were hugely impressed by the standard Miss George had managed to achieve with her students at the LITT.

Anders Borg, Tournament Director of Liverpool International Tennis Tournament said: “We are delighted that our ball girls and boys have been selected by the LTA. To assist the Davis Cup is a fantastic opportunity for the children and I am sure will fulfil many dreams. ” Miss George, who is currently studying International Business at Liverpool University, said: “I was really overwhelmed when the Lawn Tennis Association approached me to select and train 18 ball boys and girls for the Davis Cup. I am up for the challenge and I am confident that all of my students will perform and make Liverpool proud.” Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council who work alongside Northern Vision to deliver the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament said: ”The Liverpool International has developed a great reputation for involving youngsters in tennis and giving them the opportunity to see and work with the very best in the game. The fact that the tournament’s ball boys and girls are to work at the Davis Cup is a great coup – every bit as much as Ken Skupski’s GB debut proving the work at Calderstones Park over the last seven summers has been worth all the effort.’

Tennis is a sport that has a long history in Miss George’s family. Her grandmother, Pauline George, from Surrey, was a County player and played in the Veterans National Championships in 1992, 1995 and 1996.

Miss George, who was taught to play tennis at the age of seven by her grandmother, puts her current success down to her grandmother’s teaching and support.

Miss George, now plays for Palmerston Tennis Club in Allerton and has recently returned from the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas, where she helped coach children of all ages and abilities from across the world.

Northern Vision is dedicated to the inclusion and development of sport programmes for children. They currently organise and operate one of the North West’s largest tennis programmes, encouraging over 5,000 children to learn and participate in the sport.

This programme is designed not only to find and nurture stars of the future, but to make the sport more accessible as well as using it to break boundaries, build team spirit and develop social skills.

Northern Vision’s principle event is The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, which is now in its 6th year, is the only one of its kind, being a series of grass tournaments in the run up to Wimbledon. It is the largest exhibition event in Europe, showcasing some of the world’s elite Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association players such as Marit Safin, Paradorn Schrichapan and Ivan Ljubicic as well as tennis legends; Martina Navratilova, Pat Cash and Goran Ivanisevic.

The young ball boys and girls will be assisting at the Davis Cup, which takes place from Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th September at the Liverpool Echo Arena. For ticket information please call 0844 8000 400 or visit: www.echoarena.com.

For further information about the 2010 Liverpool International Tennis Tournament or the different tennis programmes Northern Vision currently operates across the North West please contact Michelle Bennett on michelle@northern-vision.co.uk

The Nordic Masters 2009 featuring Robin Søderling

We are proud to announce our second event in Oslo, Norway. The Nordic Master 2009 will take place on the 18th & 19th December 2009 at We are proud to present the very first Nordic Masters and the second of our events in Oslo. Last year’s Oslo Open was heralded a great success with more than 1600 spectators over the 2 sessions, generating extensive media coverage.

Oslo Open

The Nordic Masters 2009 will see Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark compete against one another over the 2 days. World top 10 and French Open finalist Robin Soderling will travel to Oslo to take on Finish ace Jarko Nieminen, former world number eight Pim Pim Johanson & Norwegian number one Erling Tveit. We are also thrilled to welcome back tennis legends Mansour Bahrami, Ilie Nastase, Peter MacNamara and Anders Jarryd.

Through this event we aim to raise the profile of international tennis in Norway and support our national players by providing opportunities to play against highly ranked international tennis stars. The current growth within youth tennis in Norway is remarkable and we hope to showcase this and encourage more people to get involved within the sport of tennis.

We would love to welcome our UK supporters to what will be a fantastic event! We have 2 and 3 day packages at the tournament starting from only £140 pp including flights. Please contact Travel Junky on 08456 777080 quoting reference TENNIS to take advantage of this fantastic offer.