Legends back for ace event

Some of the biggest names in tennis will be turning back the clock and doing battle again in Grand Cayman next month.

Mats Wilander, Wayne Ferreira, Mikael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias and Karel Novacek will join Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic and Mark Philippoussis in the eight-player field at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships.

It’s organised by InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and will be held April 23-26.

This is the fourth of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players aged over 30.

‘We are looking forward to our second year of Outback Champions Series tennis at The Residences at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman with a terrific field of tennis legends,’ said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series.

‘This event is the only Outback Champions Series event played on a clay court and will provide for some exciting tennis played in one of the beautiful and luxurious resorts in the world.’

‘We are excited to have the tournament return to here and are eager to share our Caymanian hospitality with these great athletes and visitors alike,’ said Michael Ryan, Ritz-Carlton owner and developer.

‘Sponsoring the Outback Champion Series emphasizes our dedication to the sport and to establishing ourselves as the premier Caribbean tennis destination.’

They will compete in a single knock-out format event, vying for $150,000 in prize money and ranking points that determine the year-end No.1 on the Outback Champions Series.

Courier won the inaugural event defeating Ferriera 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1) in the championship match.

After the first round of matches on April 23, The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will kick off the weekend’s events with a ‘Thursday Night Whites’ and an elegant beach party.

Tickets for these not-to-miss events are available for purchase from today. In Grand Cayman, tickets may be purchased online or at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, The Ritz-Carlton Lobby real estate desk or at Winner’s Circle Sportswear.

Play schedule
Thursday, April 23
Starting at 3 pm
Wayne Ferreira vs Mikael Pernfors
Mats Wilander vs. Mark Philippoussis
7:00 pm
Kickoff Party

Friday, April 24
Starting at 7 pm
Goran Ivanisevic vs. Karel Novacek
Jim Courier vs. Jimmy Arias

Saturday, April 25
Starting 1 pm
Doubles featuring all four losing quarterfinalists
Goran Ivanisevic/Karel Novacek winner vs. Mats Wilander/Mark Philippoussis winner

Starting at 7 pm
Doubles featuring all four losing quarterfinalist
Jim Courier/Jimmy Arias winner vs. Wayne Ferreira/Mikael Pernfors winner

Sunday, April 26
Starting at 1 pm
Third Place Match
Championship Match

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