McEnroe To Play Champions Tour Event In December
by ATP Staff|
Tennis legend and former World No. 1 John McEnroe will make his final Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall appearance this December.
Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall from 6-9 December, Champions Tennis is the final event of the ATP Champions Tour and offers four days of fast-paced action and world-class tennis from the legends of the game, mixed with the usual tinge of humour.
As one of the sport’s biggest names, McEnroe, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, will be playing on both 6 December and 7 December. Best known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, as well as his on-court passion and fiery temperament, McEnroe is sure to bring the heat this December.
Alongside McEnroe, this year’s event will play host to other tennis legends, including Mark Philippoussis, Goran Ivanisevic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Tommy Haas, Jamie Murray, Mansour Bahrami and Tim Henman, with even more names to be announced soon.
The tournament, now in its 22nd year, is comprised of an afternoon and an evening session per day, with two scheduled matches per session: one competitive singles match and one entertaining doubles match.
With more player announcements due in the coming weeks, this year’s Champions Tennis is set to be the biggest and most exciting yet, with plenty to see on and off the court. The addition of McEnroe is sure to draw in the crowds for the ATP Champions Tour finale.
Charlie Grave, MD UK Tennis, IMG – which operates the ATP Champions Tour – said: “We’re extremely privileged to have John McEnroe return to the court this year for what will be his final Champions Tennis appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. He has provided fantastic entertainment on and off the court throughout his career and has been a huge asset to Champions Tennis. It is a great chance for fans to see him in action one last time in the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
“The event is a seasonal show-stopper that brings together some of the biggest names in tennis history and having the Royal Albert Hall as our venue results in an exciting atmosphere and a great place to watch some of the best ever players battle it out on court.”
McEnroe added: “Champions Tennis is an extremely special and unique event. I consider it to be our Wimbledon of the ATP Champions Tour. Nothing compares to playing in the Royal Albert Hall in front of great crowds. This year will be my last year as a participant so I am working hard to bring my best tennis!”
Group A: Tommy Haas, Xavier Malisse, Carlos Moya
Group B: Juan Carlos Ferrero, Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Philippoussis
Thursday, 6 December 2018
1:30 pm - Haas vs. Malisse
Mansour Bahrami/Ferrero vs. Henri Leconte/Mikael Pernfors
7:30 pm - Ivanisevic vs. Philippoussis
Thomas Enqvist/John McEnroe vs. Moya/Tim Henman
Friday, 7 December 2018
1:30 pm - Ferrero vs. Philippoussis
Bahrami/Enqvist vs. Haas/Pernfors
7:30 pm - Malisse vs. Moya
Saturday, 8 December 2018
1 pm - Ferrero vs. Ivanisevic
Bahrami/Henman vs. Pernfors/Philippoussis
6 pm - Haas vs. Moya
Enqvist/Leconte vs. Henman/Malisse
Sunday, 9 December 2018
12 pm - Singles 3rd-4th Play-off
Enqvist/Jamie Murray vs. Henman/3rd Group A
5 pm - Singles Final
Bahrami/Murray vs. Pernfors/3rd Group B