Limerick connection to historic London Queen’s Club

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AS the ever-enthralling action of the Wimbledon Championships at the All-England Club in London reaches its conclusion at the weekend, it’s interesting to note a local link to another historic London tennis club.

Limerick man Ross Niland is the Chief Executive of the Queen’s Club, a private tennis club based in West Kensington, London.

Son of Pat and the late Ray (1970 National Football League medal winner with Mayo), he is brother to Ray, who played rugby with Garryowen and to former tennis professional and Davis Cup captain, Conor, and Federation Cup player, Gina.

Ross left banking in 2019 to come back to the sport he once played at international level.

The Queen’s Club has 28 outdoor courts and ten indoor and hosts the annual Queen’s Club Championships, which serves as a warmup for Wimbledon.

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The ongoing tournament at Wimbledon is obviously the club’s crown jewel. But for the rest of the year it’s a private club for 4,500 members.