When: Wednesday, November 30- Sunday, December 4, 2016
Hot Spot: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, UK
Deets: former World No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam Champion John McEnroe will make a return to the Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall event, taking place in London 30 November – 4 December, 2016. A fan favourite, McEnroe headlined the inaugural event in London in 1997 and has only missed the tournament twice in two decades. He will return to London to help celebrate Champions Tennis’ 20th anniversary this December.
McEnroe will compete in the tournament’s Legends fields in both singles and doubles. He joins a player roster that so far includes Australian legend and two-time US Open Champion Pat Rafter, who will be making his fourth appearance.
“Every year I look forward to coming back to London and playing in Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall event, which over the last two decades has become one of my favorite stops on the Champions Tour. I am grateful to be able to compete in front of amazing British fans that have such a great appreciation for our sport. I can’t wait to return in December,’’ said McEnroe.
McEnroe, one of the most widely recognized athletes in the world, has become a symbol of tennis and over the years has transcended the sport. McEnroe won seven Grand Slams in his career, including three Wimbledon titles, and was ranked World No.1 for 170 weeks. He ended his professional tennis career with 77 singles and 78 doubles titles, including a record eight year-end championships. In 1984, he posted the best single-season match record for a male player in the Open Era with a win-loss record of 82-3.
Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, the season-finale to the ATP Champions Tour, is played over five days with a day and evening session each day. The 2016 edition will mark the 20th anniversary of the event which over the years has featured tennis’s greatest stars, including Pete Sampras, Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Bjorn Borg, Andy Roddick, and James Blake. Additional participants of the event will be announced in due course.
Who You May Spot: Top tennis players in the world, John McEnroe, Pat Rafter, celebrities