FORMER WORLD NO.1 PAT RAFTER TO RETURN TO CHAMPIONS TENNIS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
LONDON (March 29, 2016) – IMG today announced that former World No.1 and two-time US Open Champion Pat Rafter will compete at Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall event, taking place in London 30 November – 4 December, 2016. A fan favourite, Australia’s Rafter captured the hearts of the British public by reaching two back-to-back Wimbledon finals. He will headline the star-studded field of Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall for the fourth time in his career and attempt to win his third title.
“I am thrilled to return to Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall and have the opportunity to play tennis in front of the British fans again. Through my years on tour, Wimbledon was a major highlight because of the amazing appreciation that the fans have for the sport and I can’t wait to return and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Champions Tennis,’’ said Rafter.
A winner of 11 career titles, former World No.1 Rafter won two US Open titles, reached two Wimbledon finals, as well as the semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.
Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, the season-finale to the ATP Champions Tour, is played over five days with a day and evening session. The 2016 edition will mark the 20th anniversary of the event which over the years has featured tennis’s greatest stars, including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Bjorn Borg, Andy Roddick, and James Blake. Additional participants of the event will be announced in due course.
Saturday Afternoon Kids Day Package
In addition to competing at the Royal Albert Hall, Rafter will headline the tournament’s Kids Day* on Saturday, December 3 starting at 11.30am, and help young fans experience an array of tennis activities, including:
- Fun tennis and training activities at Royal Albert Hall’s Champions Club with exceptional views of the court and players’ practice
- Tennis competition on mini tennis courts
- Coaching tips from Champions Tennis legends including Pat Rafter
- Experience the magical world of ‘George and the Ice Cream Castle’with healthy garden games, puzzles, and much more
- Snack box to enjoy before or during the tennis
*More players and activities to be announced. Activities and players subject to change.
Ticket purchase to Kids Day at 1pm on Saturday 3rd December is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 4 children per adult.
Cost: £29.50 inc VAT per person
Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall ticket packages are available from £18.50 plus booking fees at www.royalalberthall.com/tennis or by calling the Royal Albert Hall box office on +44 (0) 20 7070 4404. Hospitality packages are also available, via www.championstennis.co.uk/hospitality/ or by calling +44 (0) 20 8233 5854
Harriet Young, IMG
+44 (0) 20 8233 5155
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