The rest of the tennis legends who will be participating in this year’s event have been announced – and fans are truly in for a treat! Just have a look at these names: Greg Rusedski, Xavier Malisse, Guy Forget, Fabrice Santoro and Mikael Pernfors.
Held at Royal Albert Hall from 30 November-4 December, Champions Tennis presented by IMG is the season-ending finale to the ATP Champions Tour.
These five newly added players will join former World No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe, former British No.1 Tim Henman, former World No.1 and two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter, former World No.1 and Roland Garros Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero and former World No.14 Younes El Aynaoui, as well as the jester of the court, Mansour Bahrami.
Rusedski, a former British No.1, retired from tennis in 2007. He’d reached a career-high ATP ranking of World No.4 and at one time held the record for the fastest serve ever recorded – a whopping 149 mph! At Champions Tennis he’ll be renewing his rivalry with Rafter, whom he lost to at the 1997 US Open final.
“I am very excited to compete at this year’s Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall. It is always great to play to a home crowd in such a special and iconic venue,” said Rusedski. “I’m also really looking forward to playing alongside some of the sporting legends who I have had the privilege to play against in my career including Tim Henman and Pat Rafter.”
Like Rusedski, Forget reached a career-high World No.4 ranking – plus he also won 11 singles titles from 19 finals. Malisse, with a career-high ranking of World No. 19, is one of only two players from Belgium to have been ranked in the top 20, while Pernfors is among Sweden’s elite players having won the 1993 Canada Masters in Montreal. And Santoro has long been a favourite among spectators for his fun demeanor and trick shot-making abilities.
This year’s Champions Tennis is a very special edition because it marks the 20th anniversary of the event, so don’t miss out! Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.co.uk.