When Wigmore Sports opened its doors in February 1982, founder Chico Davda had a vision for a specialist tennis store that offered unrivalled service and maintenance of rackets including a speedy and professional re-stringing service. Fast forward 33 years and with 12 members of staff, all of whom love sport, Wigmore continues to offer its customers a range of products including all the major brands as well as some exciting smaller brands too.
Arranged over two floors, the store, situated in London’s West End, is impressive in design. Downstairs there is a “hitting room” where customers can try out rackets before they buy, as well as a space large enough to try shoes on in comfort. Upstairs there is a display of rackets that gleam under the spotlights and a range of clothing and accessories unrivalled in most tennis shops. Regular customers are entitled to a Loyalty Card which means for every £10 spent in store shoppers are given one point. Every point is worth £1 when redeemed in the store.
The idea that a player should re-string a racket the same number of times per year as they play each week is sound advice, according to the Wigmore experts. In the UK, most club players act on this advice less than fanatics from other countries. Most rackets in the UK are sold already strung, whereas in Spain and France frames are sold unstrung before the buyer chooses the right strings and tension to suit their game. Understanding strings isn't complicated, providing you talk to an expert. The Wigmore staff love walking players through their array of strings; and players will see an improvement in the playability of their frames on different surfaces and in different conditions.
VIP trip to Wigmore with £500 spending money and stay in luxury hotel
Wigmore Sports is offering one lucky tennishead reader the chance to win £500 spending money. Visit the London store out of hours and receive personal advice about rackets and strings, try out a range of frames and take home kit to the value of £500. That's not all – the winner – and a friend – will also stay overnight at the nearby Eccleston Square Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel that has the use of a private tennis court.
For your chance to win this amazing prize, simply answer the question below by filling out the form on the right hand side of this page.
How many tennis balls adorn the wall at Wigmore Sports?
About Eccleston Square Hotel
Eccleston Square Hotel is a recently renovated, 39-bedroom hotel situated in the heart of Victoria, central London. Every guest room has a 46in Panasonic 3D LED TV with access to Sky Movies and Sky Sports channels, 3D bluray DVD players, free super-fast wifi, free London calls to landlines and VoIP calls at cost. Hotel guests also have complimentary use of the tennis court which is situated in the award-winning gardens of Eccleston Square.
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The closing date for entries is August 12. One lucky winner will enjoy a Wigmore Shopping Experience to the value of £500. Choose a custom strung racket from Wigmore's huge range, plus top of the range tennis shoes and a tennis fashion outfit. Call in advance and book an appointment. Two people can enjoy a one-night stay at Eccleston Square Hotel, staying in a Signature King room with breakfast included. Winners will have two hour's complimentary use of the private tennis court (subject to availability). The winner must be over 18. No cash alternative available. Prize does not include travel to and from Wigmore/Eccleston Square Hotel. Editor's decision is final. Valid until 30th November 2015. Tennishead terms and conditions apply.
This competition is no longer open for entries. The winner has been drawn from all the correct entries received by the closing date.