Breathtaking Venue At Gleneagles Resonates With Players
by ATP Staff|
There is no question that the ATP Champions Tour’s best put on a show at the Brodies Invitational. But if one thing came close to matching the level of tennis that was on display, it was the setting.
The third event of the season took place at the historic Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, which has played host to tennis events going back to the 1920s. And the fans were not the only ones who enjoyed play at ‘the palace of the glens’.
Mark Philippoussis, who captured his first title of the season on Saturday, wishes for only one more thing: more time at the venue.
“There are very few places I go where I kind of feel guilty and I wish I had the family with me to share it with. This is one of those places where I wish they were with me and I think three days is just not enough,” Philippoussis said. “It’s one of those events where you wish it was at least five to seven days long and I’m a little sad to go tomorrow. I haven’t really had an opportunity to explore the area too much, but from what I’ve seen it’s absolutely beautiful.”
There is no shortage of breathtaking views on the property’s 850 acres, from the outdoor golf courses to the intimate indoor tennis facility where the tournament was played.
“It’s my kind of lifestyle. The only thing missing is the ocean. If there was an ocean close by, it’s the perfect place,” Philippoussis said. “It’s absolutely beautiful: the grounds, the hotel, the club, the people and the nature.”
The Australian was not the only one who loved the weekend. His opponent in Saturday’s final, Tim Henman, echoed his sentiments.
“It’s an amazing venue and great to have Colin Fleming here,” Henman said. “The Scottish people are all so friendly and welcoming.”
There is no doubt that fans and players alike are already looking forward to next year’s Brodies Invitational.