Black Ball Controversy


EXCLUSIVE by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

Black tennis balls were handed out to willing passers-by near Devonshire Park today as part of a demonstration against tennis sponsor AEGON.

Dutch dock workers were mindfully watched by Sussex Police after they gathered outside the main gate to the AEGON International on pavement near to the Towner Art Gallery.

Those gathered from Holland were protesting against the AEGON Insurance pension scheme, and were handing out black tennis balls along with leaflets explaining their angst.

However, visitors to Eastbourne annual tennis tournament has these fancy balls confiscated, with the reasoning that the officials did not wish for any of these black balls to be thrown on Centre Court and disrupt today’s final.

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