Cash Helps Event Four-Nation Svaneholm Open In Sweden

Lars DarebergPat Cash will lead Team Australia at the inaugural Svaneholm Open.

On Tuesday, the ATP Champions Tour has announced the Svaneholm Open, a new four-nation event featuring some of tennis’ biggest stars, which will bring world-class tennis to Skurup, Sweden from 26-29 June.

This year’s tournament will include Sweden, Australia, the United States and France, respectively captained by Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, John McEnroe and Henri Leconte. The quartet has captured a combined 26 Grand Slam titles in all disciplines, and helped their countries to 11 Davis Cup victories.

This will be the first time that an ATP Champions Tour event has been played on real grass, and it will also be the first time that a tournament on the circuit has had individual nations face off against one another.

“The Svaneholm Open is one of several steps in our commitment to Sweden becoming a really strong tennis nation again,” says Tournament Director Mårten Hedlund. “We are tying together the old with the new. We are bringing what made Sweden the world's premier tennis nation and join it with new, innovative thinking.”

"The ATP Champions Tour is very popular all over the world and that we will play a nation-based tournament in Sweden will further increase interest," says Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion.

This event will take place at Svaneholm Castle, on which construction first began in 1530. Each country’s team will be comprised of two ATP Champions Tour players, with the nation’s second player yet to be announced.

The tournament will feature a knockout format in which there will be two singles matches and a doubles match. Singles matches will be best-of-three sets with a Champions Tie-break (first to 10) in lieu of a full third set. Doubles matches will be one full set with a Champions Tie-break at 6-6. The winning nations in the semi-finals, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, will clash in Sunday’s championship round under the same format on Mats Wilander Court.

Cash will lead Australia against McEnroe and the United States in one semi-final, while Wilander’s home favourite Sweden will play Leconte’s France.

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