Statoil Masters Tennis 2012 at Royal Albert Hall – Draw Preview

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The Statoil Masters Tennis event will offer fans the chance to watch some of the sport’s greatest champions during a fun and exciting week in early December. Scheduled to be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the event will combine several exhibition matches along with the season finale of the ATP Champions Tour.

The Legends portion of the event will be comprised of singles and doubles matches featuring John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte, Mats Wilander and Jeremy Bates. The singles contest between McEnroe and Lendl has already been billed by Andy Murray as a “grudge match” between these two former rivals who between them won 15 Grand Slam titles but with Lendl holding the edge in their over head to head between at 21-15.

During the week, the six-man ATP Champions Tour season finale will be intermixed with the Legends matches. To be a part of the ATP Champions Tour, a player must either have been ranked No. 1 in the world, competed in a Grand Slam singles final or played singles for a winning team in a Davis Cup final. Each event on the tour is permitted two wild card participants who do not meet the above criteria.

Six events were held during the year in different cities around the world where players competed for ranking points leading into the finale in London. Carlos Moya currently sits atop the South African Airways rankings for the ATP Champions Tour followed by Mark Philippoussis and Goran Ivanisevic.

The season finale will feature two groups A and B with each member playing in a round robin format. Group A will include Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, and Thomas Enqvist while Group B will be made up of Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis, and Fabrice Santoro. The finals comprised of the winners of Group A and Group will be held on Sunday, December 9th. Last year’s season finale was won by Henman over Moya.

In addition to having some of all-time greats on the men’s tour, the Statoil Masters Tennis will include a “Ladies Night” that will include a doubles match featuring current WTA players Heather Watson who will team up with Tim Henman taking on the team of Anne Keothavong and Mark Philippoussis.

Along with the tennis, the Royal Albert Hall will be the site of a charity event to support Centrepoint, an organization that provides assistance to homeless teens and young adults in the UK. The Winter Whites Gala will be held on Saturday, December 8th and will be attended by HRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as tennis luminaries such as Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert. Separate tickets are required to attend the charity event.

“For me there could be no better place to start playing tennis again than at the Royal Albert Hall in the AEGON Masters Tennis,” said former British No. 1 Tim Henman.

The Statoil Masters Tennis event will be held from December 5th to December 9th. For more information, please visit http://www.statoilmasterstennis.com

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