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Ice baths from Dromore keep Wimbledon aces cool

By Margaret Canning

Published 30/06/2015

Cool customer: Serbian tennis star Dusan Lajovic in an ice bath
Cool customer: Serbian tennis star Dusan Lajovic in an ice bath
Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men’s singles first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of Wimbledon
Penny from London laps up the sun on the opening day
A spectator tucks into the traditional Wimbledon favourite of strawberries and cream

It's game, set and match for a Co Down manufacturer whose ice baths are soothing the limbs of players from around the world at Wimbledon.

CET CryoSpas in Dromore, which was set up by Colin Edgar, shipped eight of its spas to the championship.

No doubt they'll be a welcome post-match retreat after soaring temperatures heralded the start of the annual lawn tennis pilgrimage to SW19, which yesterday saw defending champion Novak Djokovic sail through his first round match on Centre Court.

Day one also saw the first British player, Liam Brody, reach the second round following a five-set thriller in his opening match, ahead of hot-ticket Andy Murray, the 2013 champion who's set to start his challenge today.

Security was stepped up for the start of Wimbledon amid heightened fears of terrorism, following last week's Tunisian atrocity. The risks failed to dampen spirits of the 40,000 spectators though, with One Direction star Niall Horan from among the first celebrities to be spotted.

Meanwhile, tennis stars have been tweeting their appreciation of the Northern Irish ice baths. Serbian Davis Cup player Dusan Lajovic sent one message reading: "Great ice bath guys."

And veteran player and commentator Pam Shriver tweeted "one reason players careers are longer..." and attached a picture of the CyroSpas.

Other clubs and teams which have made use of the cold hydrotherapy treatment from the Co Down firm include footballing giants AC Milan and Manchester City, the English National Ballet, the German Olympic Association and Team GB.

Mr Edgar said: "Incorporating ground-breaking engineering with advanced cold hydrotherapy treatment, the CET CryoSpa benefits athletes' performance by optimising post-exercise recovery strategies, lowering the risk of injury and post-match fatigue."

The All-England Lawn Tennis Club, which hosts Wimbledon, has spent £20m on refurbishing its player facilities, where the spas have been fitted in the company's biggest ever installation.

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