Combining timeless elegance and quintessentially British traditions, the Aspall Tennis Classic allows its guests to experience tennis in true style and enjoy some of the sport’s most loved players. Certain to spark the interest of the crowd is Tomas Berdych, current World No. 14, who will return to the event this year. Turning pro in 2002, Berdych has had an impressive career to date. Highlights include winning the Paris Masters in 2005 as an unseeded player, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the final and reaching the semi-finals of all four Grand Slams. The Czech player also reached the Wimbledon final in 2010, beating top seeds Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Accompanying Berdych is German player Tommy Haas, who across his 21-year career as a professional player has claimed 15 titles including a Masters tournament. Other highlights include reaching the finals of the Australian Open three times (1999, 2002 and 2007) and the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2009 where he faced Roger Federer. His career high came in May 2002 where he ranked World No. 2 in singles.
Berdych and Haas will be joined by other top ATP stars – World No. 6 Milos Raonic, World No. 11 Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, World No. 38 David Ferrer, World No. 15 Jack Sock and World No. 17 Lucas Pouille. Legends included in the line-up are former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski, two-time grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, former World No. 4 Thomas Enqvist, 1986 French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and the ever-popular Mansour Bahrami.
Owned and managed by IMG, the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham takes place at the height of tennis season, the week prior to Wimbledon. Set in the tranquil 42-acre grounds of The Hurlingham Club, it has become one of the most intimate tennis events in the social calendar, showcasing some of the current stars of today, playing in a series of singles exhibition matches as they finalise their preparations ahead of Wimbledon, as well as several legends.
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Dates: Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June 2017
Location: The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR Booking Information: 0208 233 5838
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Notes to Editors:
2017 will mark the 24th staging of the event which over the years has become one of the world’s most star-studded tennis exhibitions, tying together premier hospitality with a stellar player line-up that has boasted tennis’ biggest stars of the past, present and future. Over the years, some of the sport’s best players have competed at the event, including Grand Slam champions Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, as well as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, and next generation stars Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios. The event has also been popular with the celebrity crowd, with those who have been spotted enjoying the summer activities including Emilia Fox, Kelly Hoppen, Dougie Poynter, Sol Campbell and Kara Tointon.
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About The Hurlingham Club
Set in 42 acres of magnificent grounds on the border of the Thames in Fulham, The Hurlingham Club is a green oasis of tradition and international renown, effortlessly combining timeless elegance with state of the art event facilities. Steeped in grandeur, the Hurlingham Club is not only a private members’ club, but also a venue for hire. Home to events such as the Aspall Tennis Classic and the Wimbledon Ball, The Hurlingham Club is available for corporate and private events.
The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR
Telephone: 0207 610 7526