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Britannic Asset Management is title sponsor of the ladies&#39 international tennis championships in Eastbourne for the second time this year.

The event, which takes place between June 15 and June 22, will see last year&#39s winner Lindsay Dav-enport defend her title against a host of star names, including Anna Kournikova and Martina Navratilova.

To celebrate its sponsorship, Britannic is offering Money Marketing readers the chance to win a pair of centre court tickets for Thursday, June 20.

To enter, send a postcard marked Money Marketing BAMIC competition to Sara Jensen, Capitalize, 14 Ivory House, Plantation Wharf, London, SW11 3TN (including name, address and telephone number) with the answer to this tricky question: Where do the Britannic Asset Management International Championships take place?

a: Bristol

b: Birmingham

c: Eastbourne


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