IMG today announced that world No. 2 Rafael Nadal will join the line-up for this week’s Aspall Tennis Classic held at The Hurlingham Club. The ultimate warm-up to Wimbledon, the event runs from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June 2017 and kicks off the British summer tennis season in true style.
Nadal will play two singles matches across the week; taking on Tomas Berdych on Wednesday 28th June and then Tommy Haas on Friday 30th June in his preparations for a third Wimbledon title. His appearance at the Aspall Tennis Classic follows his record-breaking 10th Grand Slam title win at Roland Garros, where he beat Stan Wawrinka in three straight sets. The Spanish star has won 15 grand slam titles and 30 ATP World Masters titles across his 16-year career so far, including The Barcelona Open, The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid, The US Open and The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid.
Combining timeless elegance and quintessentially British traditions, the Aspall Tennis Classic is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some of the sport’s most loved players.
Nadal commented: “The Aspall Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club is a lot of fun and it’s always exciting to play in front of the UK fans, so I can’t wait to return this week. I’m working hard and enjoying every week as it comes, so this is the perfect way to get ready for Wimbledon.”
Other ATP players included in the line-up are World No. 1 Andy Murray, World No. 6 Milos Raonic, World No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, World No 14 Tomas Berdych, World No. 17 Lucas Pouille and World No. 252 Tommy Haas. Joining them will be some of the sport’s favourite legends – former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski, two-time grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, former World No. 4 Thomas Enqvist, 1986 French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and the ever-popular Mansour Bahrami.
IMG has also announced the order of play across the four-day event, which includes competitive singles and entertaining doubles matches taking place each day. The full order of play is listed below:*
Tuesday 27th June 2017
5pm Andy Murray v Lucas Pouille
Followed by Bahrami/Rusedski v Enqvist/Pernfors
Wednesday 28th June
2pm Milos Raonic v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Followed by Tomas Berdych v Rafael Nadal
Followed by Bahrami/Philippoussis v Enqvist/Rusedski
Thursday 29th June
2pm Fabio Fognini v Milos Raonic
Followed by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v ATP Player
Followed by Bahrami/Enqvist v Pernfors/Philippoussis
Friday 30th June
2pm Andy Murray v ATP Player
Followed by Tommy Haas v Rafael Nadal
Followed by Lucas Pouille v ATP Player
*All timings may be subject to change and are dependent on the length of play. The Management reserves the right to alter the Order of Play at any time.
Owned and managed by IMG, the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham takes place at the height of tennis season, the week prior to Wimbledon. Set in the tranquil 42-acre grounds of The Hurlingham Club, it has become one of the most intimate tennis events in the social calendar, showcasing some of the current stars of today, playing in a series of singles exhibition matches as they finalise their preparations ahead of Wimbledon, as well as several legends.
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Notes to Editors:
2017 will mark the 24th staging of the event which over the years has become one of the world’s most star-studded tennis exhibitions, tying together premier hospitality with a stellar player line-up that has boasted tennis’ biggest stars of the past, present and future. Over the years, some of the sport’s best players have competed at the event, including Grand Slam champions Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, as well as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, and next generation stars Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios. The event has also been popular with the celebrity crowd, with those who have been spotted enjoying the summer activities including Emilia Fox, Kelly Hoppen, Dougie Poynter, Sol Campbell and Kara Tointon.
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