World number two Novak Djokovic has confirmed his participation at The Boodles Tennis Challenge 2014, the prestigious pre-Wimbledon exhibition event held in Stoke Park, London.
The Serb has been one of the most popular players at the tournament in recent years, entertaining the crowds with his peerless flexibility and shotmaking. In 2013, he and Grigor Dimitrov contested a memorable match that featured plenty of crowd-pleasing rallies and crowd-teasing antics. Djokovic’s compatriot Viktor Troicki was the eventual winner last year, edging Robin Hasse in the Championship match.
Joining the six-time Grand Slam champion this time around are some of the ATP Tour’s most personable stars. The ever-watchable Fabio Fognini will play his first grass court match of 2014 at The Boodles, while French Open semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis will no doubt cause a stir on his debut appearance. Also in the mix are 36-year-old veteran Tommy Haas, American hopeful Jack Sock and a quartet of dynamite servers in John Isner, Jerzy Janowicz, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic.
The Boodles, established in 2002, has become a highlight of the tennis and social calendar. Played on immaculate lawns surrounded by flawless facilities and 300 acres of beautiful parkland, the tournament has steadily grown in significance and stature without compromising what makes it unique.
Whereas Wimbledon warm-up events in Halle, Queen’s Club, Eastbourne and ’s-Hertogenbosch follow the traditional knockout format, The Boodles Tennis Challenge guarantees participants at least three singles matches. Moreover, the relaxed garden party ambiance allows players to fine-tune their grass court games in a low-pressure environment. Daily attendance is limited to 1500 fans, all of whom have signed up for exclusive hospitality packages at the five star Stoke Park Hotel.
Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Murray have competed in Buckinghamshire over the years, giving tennis connoisseurs a chance to see past and future Wimbledon legends in action. The Boodles has also hosted players who came within touching distance of glory at the All England Club, including Mark Philippoussis, David Nalbandian and Andy Roddick.
For over a decade, the biggest and brightest ATP stars have lauded The Boodles’ excellent organisation, pristine playing conditions and jovial atmosphere. With the sun shining and the Veuve Clicquot sparkling, there is no tennis event quite like The Boodles, and the 2014 edition promises to be the best yet.