CHAMPIONS TENNIS ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE
Tuesday 8th November 2016, London – IMG has announced the schedule for the 20th anniversary edition of Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London between 30th November – 4th December2016. Taking place over five days, there is an afternoon and night session each day with a mix of competitive singles and entertaining doubles matches.
The full order of play is listed below*:
ATP Champions Tour Singles
Group A Henman, Malisse, Rafter
Group B Ferrero, Rusedski, Santoro
Wednesday 30th November
Ferrero v Rusedski
El Aynaoui/Santoro v Leconte/Pernfors
Henman v Malisse
Bahrami/Forget v El Aynaoui/Pernfors
Thursday 1st December
Malisse v Rafter
Bahrami/Forget v Santoro/Pernfors
Leconte v McEnroe
Ferrero/Santoro v Henman/Malisse
Friday 2nd December
At 1.30pm – SportsAid Session
Henman v Rusedski
Leconte v McEnroe
Malisse v Rafter
Leconte/El Aynaoui v McEnroe/Bahrami
Henman/Rafter v Malisse/Rusedski
Ferrero v Santoro
Bahrami/El Aynaoui v Forget/Pernfors
Saturday 3rd December
Rusedski v Santoro
Bahrami/McEnroe v El Aynaoui/Pernfors
Henman v Rafter
Ferrero/Leconte v Forget/Malisse
Sunday 4th December
ATP Champions Tour Final
Bahrami/TBC v Pernfors/TBC
Forget v McEnroe
Leconte/TBC v El Aynaoui/TBC
*All timings may be subject to change and are dependent on the length of play. The Management reserves the right to alter the Order of Play at any time.
Champions Tennis brings together some of the sport’s biggest names and personalities as former Grand Slam Champions, World number 1s and national icons relive their rivalries in one of London’s most famed and iconic venues. The ATP Champions Tour field consists of two groups of round-robin matches, with the top player in each group playing in the ATP Champions Tour final on Sunday 4th December in a bid to become Champion.
Group A consists of four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, former top 20 player Xavier Malisse and two-time US Open Champion Pat Rafter. Group B comprises former World number 1 Juan CarlosFerrero, former British number 1 Greg Rusedski and ATP record holder Fabrice Santoro.
There will also be legend exhibition singles matches featuring a repeat of the first Champions Tennis ATP Champions Tour final in 1997, as 7-time Grand Slam Champion John McEnroe takes on former Roland Garros finalist Henri Leconte. McEnroe will also relive his rivalry with Guy Forget, with honors even in their head-to-head record.
The exhibition doubles matches will consist of combinations of all players, with the court jester and crowd favourite Mansour Bahrami teaming up with McEnroe a particular highlight. Bahrami will feature each day during the event as he marks his 20th appearance at Champions Tennis.
This year Champions Tennis is also proud to partner with SportsAid, a charitable organisation which has helped aspiring British athletes with financial assistance and support. On Friday 2nd December the tournament will host a SportsAid charity session, which will feature the ‘Fast4’ format with teams captained by former GB Olympians Mark Foster and Denise Lewis. The session will also consist of a spectacular performance from English soprano Laura Wright and to conclude the afternoon, a parade of Olympians and Paralympians, including British athletes who participated in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
On Saturday 3rd December, the tournament will host a Kids Day, starting at 11:30am which will give young fans the chance to get involved in an array of fun tennis activities, including exclusive coaching from Champions Tennis legends such as Pat Rafter and Judy Murray’s Miss-Hits programme. Children will also be given the opportunity to visit the magical world of George and the Ice Cream Castle, with educational garden games, puzzles, colouring-in book giveaways and much more.
The final few tickets are available via the website www.championstennis.co.uk/tickets/ or by calling the box office on 020 7070 4404. Prices start from £18.50 plus booking fees. Hospitality packages are also available from £299 per person (excluding VAT), more information can be found at www.championstennis.co.uk/hospitallity.
Event: Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall
Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: Wednesday 30th November – Sunday 4th December 2016
Tickets: Standard (from £18.50), Premium (from £69.50), VIP (From £199)
Hospitality Packages: Available from £299 per person (excluding VAT)
Family Package: Saturday 3rd December (from 11:30am)
Booking information: 020 7070 4404 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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