Former British Number 1 Greg Rusedski, former Doubles Grand Slam Champion Xavier Malisse, and former World No.4 Guy Forget will be competing at this year’s Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The tournament, which takes place between 30th November and 4th December 2016, celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. The players join former World No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe, former World No.1 and two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter, former British No.1 Tim Henman, former World No.1 and Roland Garros Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, as well as popular crowd-pleaser and “court jester” Mansour Bahrami.
Retiring from tennis in 2007, former British Number 1 Greg Rusedski reached a career high ATP ranking of World No.4. Within this time, he reached the singles final of the US Open in 1997, and that year won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. In addition to these achievements, Rusedski is possibly best known for, at one time, holding the record for the fastest serve ever recorded, at 149mph. Rusedski will be renewing his rivalry with two-time US Open champion, Pat Rafter, who he lost to in the 1997 US Open final. Rusedski revealed he is “very excited to compete at this year’s Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall. It is always great to play to a home crowd in such a special and iconic venue. I’m also really looking forward to playing alongside some of the sporting legends who I have had the privilege to play against in my career, including Tim Henman and Pat Rafter.”
Xavier Malisse is one of only two Belgian players to have ranked inside the top 20 of the ATP Tour, and was the winner of the men’s doubles final at Roland Garros in 2004, playing alongside compatriot Oliver Rochus. The pair defeated Fabrice Santoro, who will also be playing in this year’s Champions Tennis. Malisse has historically performed well on British soil, reaching the semi-finals of the 2002 Wimbledon Championships (he also beat Greg Rusedski in the fourth round of that year’s Wimbledon).
During his career, Guy Forget was a serve and volley specialist, and reached a career-high ranking of World No.4. He helped France win Davis Cup titles in 1991 and 1996 and he won 11 singles titles from 19 finals. Forget reached the doubles final of Roland Garros in 1987 and 1996, partnering with Yannick Noah and Jakob Hlaseck respectively.
Owned and managed by IMG, Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall is the season-ending finale to the ATP Champions Tour. Guests are treated to seeing the greatest players on the grandest stage, with former Grand Slam Champions, World No.1s and national icons all taking to the court. In its 20 year history, Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall has featured many of tennis’ greatest stars, including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker and Andy Roddick and special appearances from Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Sir Elton John, Billie Jean King, and HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
The final few tickets are available via www.championstennis.co.uk/tickets or by calling the box office on +44 (0)20 7070 4404. Prices start from £18.50 plus booking fees. Hospitality packages are also available from £299 per person (excluding VAT); more information can be found at www.championstennis.co.uk/hospitality.