Players Join Royal Albert Hall Field - Champions Tennis

20 August, 2015

Champions Tennis – Mats Wilander, Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte Join Royal Albert Hall Field

Former World No.1 Mats Wilander will return to the Royal Albert Hall for the ATP Champions Tour season-finale, 2-6 December. The Swede will be joined at the iconic venue in London by the ever-popular Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte. The trio of legends will take part in exhibition singles and doubles matches.

John McEnroe and Tim Henman will also be part of the event, which is staged and owned by IMG, the global leader in sports, fashion, events and media.

Wilander won seven major singles titles in an illustrious career that saw him become World No.1 in 1988. He is one of only five men in tennis history to have won grand slam singles titles on grass, clay and hard courts. Known for his agility, foot speed and defensive skills, Wilander also triumphed in the Davis Cup on three occasions with Sweden. His global success earned him recognition as one of the greatest players of all time and he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.

“I’m super-excited to be playing Champions Tennis again,” said Wilander. “Whenever we play at the Royal Albert Hall we have to pinch ourselves to believe it’s really happening. You hear every word uttered by the crowd, the champagne corks pop, and it’s just a wonderful atmosphere in which to play tennis.” said Wilander.

Iranian-born Bahrami reached the French Open men’s doubles final in 1989 and since the start of the ATP Champions Tour he has played tournaments and exhibitions all around the world. A Royal Albert Hall regular, Bahrami’s unique brand of showmanship, humour and trick shots has thrilled crowds and seen him become known as ‘The Court Jester.’

“I play tennis to make people happy. If the crowds are happy, I am happy,” said Bahrami. “I love to play in the Royal Albert Hall. It is a pleasure for me.”

Henri Leconte won nine singles titles and reached a career-high ranking of No.5. He picked up the men’s doubles title at Roland Garros with his compatriot Yannick Noah in 1984 before advancing to the singles final four years later. The Frenchman, renowned for his on court flair, also prospered in the Davis Cup, most notably leading his country to victory in 1991 by overcoming the Unites States of America whose team included Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall concludes the ATP Champions Tour season and is played over five days, with two sessions each day – one in the afternoon, one in the evening.

Champions Tennis has enjoyed record ticket sales for 2015 and tickets are available from £23.50 at www.championstennis.co.uk/tickets/ or by calling the Royal Albert Hall box office on +44 (0) 20 7070 4404. Hospitality packages are available via www.championstennis.co.uk/hospitality/ or by calling +44 (0) 20 8233 5854.

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