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AFTER years of sitting empty, a cafe will take its place on centre court when it reopens following an extensive refurbishment.

Southsea caterers Watkins and Faux were contracted to run the Pavilion Café at Southsea Tennis Club, off Clarence Esplanade, and restore the 1920s art deco café to its former glory.

The Pavilion Café will formally reopen its doors at 10am on Friday, May 3 with a tennis day open to all ages.

There will also be mini tennis, with smaller nets, rackets and balls, for both youngsters and adults alike.

And a tennis tournament will be held in the afternoon between 2pm and 4pm for the more competitive players.

Geoff Newton, executive director of the Tennis Foundation, the country’s leading tennis charity, which wants to make the sport accessible to all, will at the launch, as well as officials from Portsmouth City Council.