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Goran Ivanisevic To Participate in Statoil Masters Tennis: Event Schedule Announced

Ivaniesevic Rafter

(November 20, 2013) Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic will be participating in the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall during the event which lasts from December 4-8.

 

John McEnroe leads the Legends tournament, with Stefan Edberg, Henri Leconte and Jeremy Bates also taking part. In the ATP Champions Tour event, Rafter and Ivanisevic have been drawn with Greg Rusedski, and Tim Henman, Mark Philippoussis and Fabrice Santoro feature in the other group.

 

Henman, Rusedski, Philippoussis and the ever-popular Mansour Bahrami will star in a Grand Opening Night with 20% of hospitality sales going to Best Beginnings, the child health charity.

 

The singles players at the Statoil Masters Tennis have won 25 Grand Slam singles titles between them, four of them have reached No.1 in the world, and eight of them have been on Davis Cup winning teams.

 

The Statoil Masters Tennis is part of the ATP Champions Tour – a circuit of former World Number One tennis players, Grand Slam singles finalists and Davis Cup winners – and is owned and operated by IMG, the global sports, fashion and media company.

 

 

ATP Champions Tour Groups 

Group A: Tim Henman, Mark Philippoussis, Fabrice Santoro

Group B: Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Rafter, Greg Rusedski

 

Legends Groups

Group A: Sergi Bruguera, John McEnroe, Mats Wilander

Group B: Jeremy Bates, Stefan Edberg, Henri Leconte

 

 

Full order of play:

 

Wednesday 4th December

At 1pm

Ivanisevic vs. Rusedski

Edberg vs. Leconte

Doubles Exhibition

 

At 7.30pm

Henman vs. Philippoussis

Bahrami/Rusedski vs. McNamara/Rafter

 

 

Thursday 5th December

At 1pm

Bates vs. Leconte

Rafter vs. Rusedski

Doubles Exhibition

 

At 7.30pm

Bruguera vs. McEnroe

Doubles Exhibition (featuring Bahrami)

 

 

Friday 6th December

At 1pm

Philippoussis vs. Santoro

Bates vs. Edberg

Doubles Exhibition (featuring Bahrami)

 

At 7.30pm – Live On ITV4

McEnroe vs. Wilander

Doubles Exhibition

 

 

Saturday 7th December

At 1pm – Live On ITV4

Henman vs. Santoro

Bruguera vs. Wilander

Doubles Exhibition (featuring Bahrami)

 

At 7.30pm – Live On ITV4

Ivanisevic vs. Rafter

Doubles Exhibition

 

 

Sunday 8th December

At 12 noon – Live on ITV4

Legends Singles Final

Doubles Exhibition

 

At 5pm – Live on ITV4

ATP Champions Tour Singles Final

Doubles Exhibition

 

 

*All timings may be subject to change and are dependent on the length of play. The Tournament reserves the right to alter the Order of Play at any time.

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Djokovic To Receive Centrepoint Award From HRH The Duke Of Cambridge At The Winter Whites Gala

(November 22, 2012) The Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award, founded by Centrepoint Trustee Danielle Alexandra and CEO Seyi Obakin, honours those whose contribution to youth inspires young people across the world and awards their commitment to giving back and eradicating such humankind crises as poverty, health, education, hunger, and homelessness.  Novak Djokovic will receive the Premier Inaugural Award. 
 
The Novak Djokovic Foundation raised $1.4 million for early childhood education through its inaugural fundraising dinner in New York in September and a week later he visited the “Beneath the Linden Trees” kindergarten, a UNICEF initiative in Lesnica, Serbia, to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education. In October, Djokovic collaborated with his clothing sponsor UNIQLO to develop and launch ‘Clothes for Smiles,’ a new program that aims to give children of all ages a chance for a better future. The program has established a $10 million fund that helps nurture the dreams of children worldwide.
 
Djokovic, a UNICEF ambassador, said: “This is one of the biggest awards I could ever receive because it recognises the contribution of my Foundation to the lives of young people around the world, which is a big part of our work. Centrepoint is a charity which is dedicated to ending youth homelessness and it it will be an honour to receive this award from the charity’s patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.”
 
Prince William has been Centrepoint’s patron since 2005, continuing his late mother Princess Diana’s work, and proceeds from the night will be donated to Centrepoint to further its work in supporting homeless 16-25 year-olds in the UK.  
 
The Winter Whites Gala will see the Royal Albert Hall, which hosts the Statoil Masters Tennis 5-9 December, transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland, featuring some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment.
 
Tennis greats John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl and Chris Evert have all confirmed their attendance. McEnroe will play in a doubles match, with Lendl, Borg, Becker and Evert in attendance to lend their support. Goran Ivanisevic and Tim Henman will also clash in a rematch of the 2001 Wimbledon semifinal.
 
The Winter Whites Gala has been Created and will be Produced by Award-winning Hollywood Screenwriter/Producer, Danielle Alexandra and is presented by Danielle Alexandra Productions in partnership with IMG, the global sports, fashion and media company who own the Statoil Masters Tennis. Together with Centrepoint, they are committed to the support of ending youth homelessness. 

 

VIP ticket-holders to the gala evening will mix with film stars, celebrities and some of the greatest tennis champions of all-time on the white carpet and at a champagne reception, before enjoying an exclusive private dinner in the Gallery, decorated as a magical winter crystal palace. VIP guests will then take their seats in their own private hospitality box to watch a brilliant show featuring a singles tournament match followed by exhibition play. This will be followed by the presentation of the Centrepoint Premier Award for Contribution to the Lives of Youth Across the World to Djokovic.
 
Founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 75,000 homeless young people and is dedicated to ending youth homelessness.
 
In 2009, Prince William slept on the streets of London with Centrepoint CEO, Seyi Obakin, to deepen his understanding of homelessness. 
 
Djokovic finished 2012 as the World Number One for the second successive year. He won the Australian Open title in January, reached the finals of the French and US Opens, and lifted titles at the ATP Masters 1000 events in Miami, Toronto and Shanghai. He ended the year on a high by winning the ATP World Tour Finals in London. 
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