Former World No1 Carlos Moya has confirmed his place in the field for Brodies Champions of Tennis, the first ever ATP Champions Tour event to be held in Scotland taking place at the home of the Edinburgh Academicals from June 20th to 23rd.
Moya is one of a small number of tennis players to have reached three of the greatest heights in the sport, winning a Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros in 1998, reaching the World Number One position the following year, and helping Spain to win a Davis Cup title in 2004.
The final places in the tournament’s 9 player line up are confirmed as South African Wayne Ferreira and the Swedish duo of Thomas Enqvist and Mikael Pernfors.
Six of the players will compete in a six man ATP Champions Tour competition, while the remaining three - John McEnroe, Wayne Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors - will compete in a special Legends event.
The draw for the Champions Tour competition sees Henman pitted against old foe Ivanisevic in Group A alongside Enqvist and Group B has thrown up mouth-watering encounters between Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis and Moya. The players will also compete in exhibition doubles matches throughout the week with Henman and McEnroe being partnered together to face Ferreira and Enqvist on Friday the 21st of June.
To view the full schedule go to: www.championsoftennis.com
Of his forthcoming visit to Edinburgh Moya said, ‘Having the chance to play in Edinburgh is so exciting for me. I have never played there before, but I hear it is a great city. The player field looks amazing and I can't wait to have the chance to play against people like Philippoussis, Henman and Ivanisevic. They're all great players and old friends of mine from the Tour. It should be really great fun.'
Brodies Champions of Tennis Tournament Director Vikki Mendelssohn is excited to have the full player field confirmed, ‘I am delighted to have been able to put together a truly global field of tennis stars for our inaugural event,' she said. 'Each of the players has their own fan base and brings with them their own star appeal, charisma and talent in abundance. Spectators can look forward to watching some of the best tennis ever to be played in Scotland.’
Bill Drummond, Managing Partner at Brodies LLP, is equally delighted to be welcoming such a stellar group of tennis players to Edinburgh. He said, 'The calibre of players involved in this tournament is top class and Brodies Champions of Tennis will give sports fans a unique opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the history of the game compete in Scotland for the first time.
‘We are delighted to support this inaugural championship, which promises to be lots of fun and a highlight of Scotland's sporting calendar in 2013 as well as a great reason to come to Edinburgh and Scotland for both business and pleasure this summer.'
The Match Schedule is confirmed as (timings may change):
Thursday Afternoon (First match1400)
Rusedksi v Philippoussis
Ferreira v Pernfors
Thursday Evening (First Match 1900)
Henman v Ivanisevic
Rusedski/Moya v Enqvist/Pernfors
Friday 21 June (First match 1400)
Henman v Enqvist
Ferreira/Philippoussis v Ivanisevic/Pernfors
Friday 21 June (First match 1900)
Rusedski v Moya
McEnroe/Henman v Ferreira/Philippoussis
Saturday 22 June (1400)
McEnroe v Pernfors
Moya v Philippoussis
Enqvist v Ivanisevic
Sunday 23 June (tbc)
3 v 4
McEnroe v Ferreira
Brodies Champions of Tennis Final tickets are now on sale at www.championsoftennis.com