The Summer Social Season’s Big Hitters At Hurlingham By Hannah Norman

The legends of the game line up

The legends of the game line up

With Wimbledon just around the corner, the greats of the tennis world descend on the Hurlingham Club for a few days of frenzy, frivolity and just a hint of the serious competitiveness that will ensure victory in SW19.

Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund

Luckily for us, The Luxury Channel has a chance to mingle with the ‘‘great and the good’’ from the celebrity world from time to time and on this occasion, we found ourselves seated alongside interior designer and TV personality Kelly Hoppen, and dancer Brendan Cole.

Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen

The tennis began with an exciting match between Kyle Edmund and Marin Cilic, the latter having been trained by one Goran Ivanisevic, the only wildcard to have ever won at Wimbledon. Ivanisevic himself was to play in the later doubles match, opposite the all-Aussie team of Peter McNamara and Mark Phillippousis, who had fortunately made a full recovery from the back injury that hampered his game at the Statoil Masters Tennis.

Goran Ivanisevic and Mark Philippoussis

Goran Ivanisevic and Mark Philippoussis

But of course, this being Hurlingham, there was only one man the crowds had come to see. Having perfected his game in the streets of his native Iran armed with little more than a frying pan in place of a racquet, court jester Mansour Bahrami is undisputed king of the trick shot, and his comedic on-court antics were surely the highlight of an enjoyable evening.

Mansour Bahrami

Mansour Bahrami

With a centre court seating just 600 spectators, this is a much more intimate setting, and with the beautiful backdrop of the Hurlingham Club behind (not to mention the hospitality packages on offer), this is the tennis event of the season, and the perfect warm-up to Wimbledon!

For more information about the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club, go to www.bnpparibastennisclassic.com.