The second day of the ATP Champions Tour’s Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall has concluded, with two more days of competitive tennis still to come from some of the world’s greatest players in the iconic British venue.
Friday’s afternoon session saw Mark Philippoussis defeat Thomas Enqvist 4-3, 4-3, while David Ferrer beat Tomas Berdych 3-4, 4-2, 4-1. In the doubles match, Nicolas Almagro and Mikhail Youzhny overcame Fernando Gonzalez and Xavier Malisse 4-3, 4-3.
In the evening session, Radek Stepanek beat Malisse 4-3, 4-3, while Tommy Haas defeated Gonzalez 3-4, 4-1, 4-2. In the doubles match, Mark Philippoussis and Berdych overcame Baghdatis and Greg Rusedski 3-4, 4-1, 4-2.
Champions Tennis sees players who have held the World No. 1 ranking, reached a Grand Slam singles final or been a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team, compete in a mixture of team and individual events in both singles and doubles.
Across the four days some of the biggest legends of the game will take to the stage in front of a full house, including British star and US Open champion Emma Raducanu who will be facing Romanian and Hamburg European Open winner Elena-Gabriela Ruse. Other stars include British favourite Rusedski, fan favourite Mansour Bahrami, Chilean Gonzalez, Spaniard Ferrer, 2006 Australian Open runner up Baghdatis, and former doubles World No. 4 Stepanek.
Other players competing in the tournament include Malisse, Australian legend Philippoussis, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Berdych, former top-fiver Thomas Enqvist, former Russian number one Youzhny, German Haas, Swede and Canada Masters winner Mikael Pernfors, and Spaniard Almagro.
2021 also marks the last time the tournament is being held at the historic Royal Albert Hall, with this year’s tournament offering tennis lovers a fantastic final opportunity to watch legends of the game battle it out in the beautiful surroundings of this legendary building.
Paul McCann, VP, Tennis Events at IMG said: “For 24 years we’ve given fans the amazing opportunity to watch their favourite tennis superstars play in the iconic Royal Albert Hall, and this year has been like no other. It’s fantastic to see the players compete on the court again, and for a final time, cheered on by the roar of the packed crowd.”
Sponsors of Champions Tennis at Royal Albert Hall include: Original Penguin, Rado, Lacoste Fragrances Dunlop, Superstars, OneStream Software, Brewin Dolphin, Stella Artois, Harrogate, Vodafone, Jaguar, Nyetimber, onefinestay, Adnams, Lavazza.
Tickets are still available from £20 and can be purchased via the ATP Champions Tour website here: www.atpchampionstour.com/london. For more information please visit Champions Tennis on Twitter @ChampionsTennis and on Instagram @champions_tennis. This year’s Champions Tennis tournament is being live streamed on ATPChampionsTour and on Facebook at The ATP Champions Tour.
Team 1: Rusedski (Captain), Baghdatis, Haas, Stepanek
Team 2: Philippoussis (Captain), Berdych, Gonzalez, Malisse
Team 3: Enqvist (Captain), Ferrer, Youzhny, Almagro
Exho Singles: Raducanu, Ruse
Exho Doubles: Bahrami, TBC
Order of Play
Saturday 27 November
AM – Match 1 Baghdatis v Ferrer
AM – Match 2 Haas/Stepanek v Almagro/ Youzhny
AM – Match 3 Rusedski v Enqvist
PM – Match 1 Malisse v Almagro
PM – Match 2 Berdych/Philippoussis v Enqvist/Ferrer
PM – Match 3 Gonzalez v Youzhny
Sunday 28 November
Exho Singles Raducanu v Ruse
Exho Doubles Bahrami/TBC v Pernfors/TBC
Final Singles Team 1st v Team 2nd
Final Doubles Team 1st v Team 2nd
Final Singles Team 1st v Team 2nd