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Perera & Sons Sponsors Hill Club Annual Open Ranking Tennis Event for 2nd Consecutive Year…

Perera & Sons Bakers (P&S), Sri Lanka’s largest quick service restaurant chain, recently sponsored the Hill Club Annual Open Ranking Tennis Event for the 2nd consecutive year. A long-standing supporter of tennis, badminton, table tennis and other sporting events, including school-level tournaments, P&S began its association with the Hill Club Annual Open Ranking Tennis Event last year, when it was held after a multiyear hiatus as a result of the global pandemic.

The Hill Club Annual Open Ranking Tennis Event is a category 2 tournament and one of the most highly anticipated events in Sri Lanka’s tennis calendar. As a result, the event witnessed enthusiastic participation, with 700+ individual entries across 17 events. This is the first time the event has received this many entries, attesting to its growing popularity. Accordingly, due to the large number of entries this year, the Qualifying Rounds and First Rounds were held in Colombo, whilst the key matches were played during April 2024, at the picturesque Hill Club Courts in Nuwara Eliya.

Discussing the significance of the event and P&S’s commitment to sports, Manging Director, Gihan Perera said, “This sponsorship reflects our dedication to supporting communities by promoting sportsmanship and excellence in Sri Lanka. That’s because we believe in the power of sports to unite communities, inspire individuals, and instil valuable life lessons. Through partnerships with events like the Hill Club Annual Open Ranking Tennis Event, we strive to inspire the next generation of athletes and create lasting legacies both on and off the court. I take this opportunity to congratulate the winners, and also to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and diligence of the Hill Club team, under the leadership of General Manager Mr. Michael Armstrong. Their support has been instrumental in ensuring the seamless execution of this prestigious event!”

A number of local tennis stars and upcoming names shone at the tournament. Accordingly, Apna Perera won a Triple Crown. He beat Chathurya Nilaweera 2 sets to nil in the Men’s Open Singles, partnered with Zaidh Zihar to beat Ashen Silva and Srinath Udayachandra 2 sets to 1 in the Men’s Open Doubles, and partnered with Inuki Jayaweera to beat Dhilvan Herath and Hasali Gajaba 2 sets to 1 in the Mixed Doubles event, in order to achieve this remarkable feat. Meanwhile, Dinara De Silva, the current Sri Lanka Women’s National Champion won the Women’s Open Singles title, beating Saajida Raazick 2 sets to nil.

General Manager at Hill Club Nuwara Eliya, Michael Armstrong added, “As always it was an honour to be the host of this much-anticipated tennis event. Thanks to the exceptional support rendered by P&S, and our other sponsors, the event concluded very successfully, leaving an indelible mark on Sri Lanka’s tennis scene. We are also encouraged to note record participation this year, and look forward to continuing this trend into the future.”

The Prize Giving was held on the final day of the Hill Club Annual Open Ranking Tennis Event, which fell on the 12th of April 2024. The prizes were handed out amidst much fanfare, with a number of distinguished guests and dignitaries in attendance. Notable dignitaries included Mr. C. P. R. Perera (Past President & Senior Member of the Club), Mr. Hemaka Amarasuriya (President of the Hill Club Committee & Chairman of C. W. Mackie), and Mr. Duminda Hulangamuwa (Vice President of the Hill Club Committee), together with senior officials representing the Tournament Co-Sponsors, which included Hatton National Bank, C W Mackie, SLT Mobitel, Nestle, and Classic Travels.

With a rich heritage dating back to 1902, P&S continues to leave an indelible mark on the hearts, minds, and taste-buds of all Sri Lankans, embodying the essence of a homegrown business that cares. The company remains committed to supporting its communities through a wide range of social and environmental initiatives that are creating new opportunities and uplifting people.



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