Royal Albert Hall for a fifth time - Champions Tennis

14th July, 2015


Champions Tennis – MANTIS named official ball of Champions Tennis at Royal Albert Hall for a fifth time


The MANTIS Tour ball is to be the official ball of Champions Tennis tournament at the Royal Albert Hall for a fifth consecutive year.


Champions Tennis event features some of the best and most well-known tennis legends of the sport and tennis stars of today on London’s greatest stage. The MANTIS Tour ball will be used throughout the tournament.


“We are delighted to have extended our agreement with MANTIS to provide the official ball of Champions Tennis for a fifth year,” said Charlie Grave, Managing Director of Sponsorship at IMG Tennis. “Champions Tennis attracts many of the most recognisable and popular players of all-time to the Royal Albert Hall every December, and our partnership with MANTIS ensures that they will be able to use the best possible tennis ball.”


Martin Aldridge, Founder and Managing Director of MANTIS Sport International, said: “We are extremely proud that, since its introduction to the market in 2011, the MANTIS Tour has continually been selected as Official Ball of Champions Tennis.


MANTIS utilises the highest quality grade of materials to produce all of our tennis products and the Tour is no exception as it is the flagship ball of our range. We use the highest grade of Playnes woven cloth and a combination of key ingredients to produce the optimum cloth/core combination.


It is testament to this commitment that they have been chosen for use by some of the all-time greats in the game at such an iconic venue. Champions Tennis is a major highlight of the tennis calendar in the UK and as a British brand MANTIS are delighted to play a part in this prestigious tournament and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”


Champions Tennis tournament was first staged at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1997, and has become a fixture of the tennis and Christmas entertainment seasons. Former British No. 1 Tim Henman and 7-time Grand Slam Champion John McEnroe have already signed up to compete at the event in 2015.

Tickets are available from £23.50 at or by calling the Royal Albert Hall box office on +44 (0) 20 7070 4404. Hospitality packages are available via or by calling +44 (0) 20 8233 5854.


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About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.



MANTIS was formed at the start of 2009 by a former international tennis player and coach with over thirty years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge in the tennis industry. Heading up global operations for one of the major sports brands enabled him to work with a number of touring professionals and their custom stringers. This resulted in the production of rackets, strings and grips that are being used on the ATP Tour today. We understand the expense that all players incur through participating in sport and became disillusioned with the high prices that were being charged by a number of companies. Therefore our objective was to produce superior products at more competitive prices. MANTIS aims to support players of all abilities, from juniors through to regularly competing adults and coaches.

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