Chance to see how the Moldovan’s play tennis

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If you fancy some comic relief from the current glut of serious sport look no further than Playing the Moldovans At Tennis at The Dukes on Friday afternoon.

The film, telling the true story of the challenge undertaken by best-selling writer Tony Hawks, will be followed by a question and answer session with the man himself.

Playing the Moldovans At Tennis shows how, in his attempts to win a pub bet to gather material for a new book, Tony becomes embroiled in a life-changing adventure.

The wager was made during a televised World Cup qualifying match between England and Moldova and resulted in Tony trying to track down the entire Moldovan football team, challenge them individually to a game of tennis, and beat them all.

But passionate tennis fan Tony discovers in Europe’s poorest country, it’s not that easy to coax footballers onto a tennis court.

Tony’s friendship with Moldova grows as what was initially a fun project, takes on a far greater significance, resulting in an inspirational climax and unexpected enduring legacy – the Hippocrates Children’s Centre in Moldova, founded by Tony, which aims to improve the health of children with chronic conditions living in socially vulnerable families.

The film stars Tony who also produced and co-directed alongside Oscar-winner Mikolai Jaroszewiecz.

As well as being an author and filmmaker, Tony Hawks is also known as a TV and radio comedian, appearing regularly on television shows including Have I Got News For You and radio programmes such as Just A Minute and The News Quiz.

Playing The Moldovans At Tennis is being screened at 2pm followed by the Q&A. For tickets ring The Dukes box office on (01524) 598500 or visit