Kevin Anderson, Richard Gasquet and Karen Khachanov are confirmed to participate in this year’s Aspall Tennis Classic at the prestigious Hurlingham Club, taking place between Tuesday 26th and Friday 29th June 2018. They are joined by tennis legends Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis, Thomas Enqvist, Mikael Pernfors and Mansour Bahrami with more players still to be announced, as part of the ultimate warm up event to Wimbledon.
Combining timeless elegance and British tradition, Aspall Tennis Classic offers the perfect opportunity for guests to witness world class tennis and enjoy unparalleled hospitality. South African Kevin Anderson achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 8 on the 26th February 2018. He reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 US Open, losing to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Anderson ended 2017 on a high, winning the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and has continued his run of form in 2018 by winning his fourth ATP World Tour title in New York.
Currently ranked at World No. 29, Frenchman Richard Gasquet won his ATP debut event at the 2002 Monte-Carlo Masters aged 15, defeating Franco Squillari to become the youngest match winner since Tommy Ho. He has gone on to win a total of 14 ATP titles. He achieved a career high ranking of World No. 7 in July 2007 and his Grand Slam highlights include reaching the semi-finals of the 2007 and 2015 Wimbledon Championships, as well as the semi-finals of the 2013 US Open. He also won the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at the 2004 French Open, partnering with Tatiana Golovin.
Accompanying Anderson and Gasquet is Russian rising star Karen Khachanov, who has improved his year-end ranking in four straight seasons (2014-17). The 21 year-old claimed his first ATP title defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the 2016 Chengdu Open. He added his second ATP title at the 2018 Open 13 in Marseille, with wins over Thomas Berdych and Lucas Pouille. He also reached his first ATP World Tour doubles final at the Miami Open with Andrey Rublev losing to the Bryan Brothers
Other ATP players included in the line-up are World No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov, World No. 22 Hyeon Chung and World No. 18 Lucas Pouille.