from Zurich Open.net
The Tennis Legends Tournament BNP Paribas Zurich Open, which will take place 20–24 March 2012, is presenting two more crowd-pullers of the ATP Champions Tour with the Swede Stefan Edberg and the Australian Pat Cash.
Stefan Edberg in Zurich in 2010
The six-time Grand-Slam winner Stefan Edberg convincingly won the tournament at the premier of the BNP Paribas Zurich Open in 2010. Although the Swede was not able to participate last year due to an injury, the crowd favorite will again take part in March.
On the other hand, the Australian Pat Cash is going to participate in the tournament in the Zurich Saalsporthalle for the first time. Cash, who won Wimbledon in 1987 after beating Mats Wilander, Jimmy Connors and then Ivan Lendl in the final, played a crucial role in the two Australian victories in the Davis Cup (1983 and 1986, both against Sweden) and played memorable matches against Edberg during their active careers, for example, the final of the Australian Open in 1987, which Edberg was able to win after a hotly contested match lasting five sets.
As a result, the attractive field of eight at the third edition of the BNP Paribas Zurich Open is almost complete: In addition to Edberg and Cash, Jimmy Connors (USA), Tim Henman (GB), Henri Leconte (FRA), Marat Safin (RUS) and defending champion Mark Philippoussis (AUS) have signed up.
You can buy tickets for the event at this link.
from Tennis World Usa.org
Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Stefan Edberg will be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June 2012. Navratilova is stepping in for German legend Steffi Graf who will not play the exhibition event which she was supposed to.
The duo will join Andrea Petkovic, current world no. 10, and former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich for a mixed doubles match to kick off the Gerry Weber Open in Halle next June.
The now 55-year-old Navratilova retired just five years back from the professional sports and is now in the next year her debut in the Champions Trophy on 10 June (Sunday) 2012 in advance of the GERRY WEBER OPEN 2012 in Osnabruck.
"Worldwide, there are few athletes who advanced during their active careers of legends," said tournament director Ralf Weber, "and such an athlete is Martina Navratilova. I am pleased to welcome this international star with us. "For seven years, play and entertain former tennis greats on the lawn of the GERRY WEBER STADIUM and inspire people who are always the crowds around the Centre Court" The Champions Trophy is one of the most popular events in the program of the Gerry Weber Open, and we run through this for some time as a mixed sporting duels, "says Weber," and the charm of such matches do it from the pairings of tennis stars from the past with emerging German players. "
"We take this into account," says Ralf Weber, "and so leaves the two Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova and Michael Stich to play together. They have to compete against Andrea Petkovic and the Swedish tennis legend Stefan Edberg.
Source: Gerry Weber Open.de
by La Zingara
Stefan Edberg confirmed that he would take part of the “Champions Trophy” at the Gerry Weber Open on June, 10th 2012.
This will be his very first participation at the tournament. He’ll be playing mixed doubles on grass beside Andrea Petkovic and against another famous team: Michael Stich and Steffi Graf. “I heard so many positive things about this tournament, and I’m very happy to finally have the opportunity to play there”. He added with a wink towards Michael Stich: “I have a revenge to take”. He was talking about the 1991 semi-final in Wimbledon as he was beaten by the German in four sets 4:6, 7:6, 7:6, 7:6.
Ralf Weber, the tournament director, is very proud to welcome Stefan in Halle. “He has always been very popular and a model of sportsmanship all over the world. It’s an honor to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our tournament with him”.
Match at 3.00 pm on June 10th, 2012.
Tickets from 24 Euros to 120 Euros.
Tickets can be bought on the tournament website http://www.gerryweber-open.de/, by phone 00 49 - 5201 81 80 or by e-mail
Michael Stich, Stefan Edberg, Henri Leconte, Thomas Muster will not play on 11 December 2011, but on 11 March 2012, always in the Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken.
Michael Stich presents the 2011 edition of the Tennis Classics in Saarbrücken
Unfortunately, tennis fans will have to wait a bit longer, because the Tennis Classics (tennis exhibition match with Michael Stich, Stefan Edberg, Henri Leconte and Thomas Muster) of December 11, 2011 was moved to March 11, 2012. But no fear, the players have already confirmed and will come in the same location in the Saarlandhalle.
Tickets already purchased will naturally retain their validity.
As Thomas Muster is already in Australia on 11 December for family reasons and could not participate, the organizers decided to relocate the event. Guenter Mueller, MH sports marketing: "Thomas has been playing in our show fights since the first event in 2006 and we want him to play this time as well. Of course, the other players have agreed and are now looking forward to March 11, 2012. "
The presale continues normally. The ticket prices range between 45 € and 68 € in the normal seating categories and 140 € for VIP tickets.
In addition, also limited VIP boxes (for 6 persons) directly on the center court are available with VIP catering exclusively through the organizer MH Sport Marketing Nicole Helle 0681 95 90 488.
from Tennis Talk.com
by Johan Lindahl
Stefan Edberg and Caroline Wozniacki at the 2010 event
The only tennis event in one of the world's richest cities is on death watch after a title sponsor failed to step forward to fund the long-running Hong Kong Tennis Classic.
The exhibition has been on the go for 35 years but won't be held in January after an eight-month search proved fruitless in securing funding in one of the world's money capitals.
That's in sharp contrast to oil-rich Abu Dhabi, which has attracted world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, defending champion Rafael Nadal and 2010 finalist Roger Federer to it's $250,000 winner-take-all exhibition in late December.
"We've been forced to postpone the event in January owing to a lack of sponsorship," a Hong Kong tournament official told local media. "In today's financial environment, finding a sponsor has been difficult, and this has proved to be the case.
"As we are already in October, we know that players will now have committed to other tournaments, and sadly there is no alternative but to postpone it."
It's been a WTA show in recent year in Hong Kong, which once was home to an ATP event. Playing at recent editions were Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and current world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki. In earlier days, men including John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang fronted up.
The event might just be able to be played later in the year. "I hope this is a temporary glitch and that a sponsor will step forward to assume the reins," said co-tournament director Terry Catton. "I hope we can stage in later in the year."