Aussie favourite Pat Cash will replace Goran Ivanisevic in the eight-player field at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships that begins tomorrow in Grand Cayman.
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships is the fourth of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.
It is organised by the New York based company InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.
Ivanisevic was forced to pull out after not fully recovering from knee surgery earlier this year. Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, will join Jim Courier, Wayne Ferreira, Mikael Pernfors, Mark Philippoussis, Mats Wilander, Jimmy Arias and Karel Novacek in the field of champions.
‘I am very disappointed not to be able to play in the Cayman Islands due to the longer than expected recovery time necessary after my knee operation,’ said Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion.
‘I was looking forward to playing in a first class event on a dream island. I will be waiting for next year impatiently in order to have a chance to play this event.’
‘Goran is very disappointed that he is unable to compete in Grand Cayman, but Pat is equally excited to step in and go for another Outback Champions Series title,’ said Jon Venison, co-founding partner for InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series.
‘We are thrilled to return to The Residences at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman for another enjoyable week of competitive Outback Champions Series tournament tennis.’
Cash, 43, joined the illustrious list of Australian players to win Wimbledon when he defeated Ivan Lendl to win the title 22 years ago. Cash was a singles finalist at the Australian Open in 1987 and 1988, a semi-finalist at the US Open in 1984 and led Australia to victory in the Davis Cup in 1983 and 1986.
He achieved a career high singles ranking of No.4 in 1988. Cash’s best showings on the Outback Champions Series came when he beat Courier in the final in Newport in 2008 and in 2006, when he defeated John McEnroe en route to the final in Naples, Fla., where he lost to Courier.
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships will feature a field of eight champion players competing 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. Ticket, travel and tournament information can be found by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.
Courier won the inaugural event last year defeating Ferreira 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1) in the championship match.
The schedule of play for the event will be:
Thursday, April 23
Starting at 3 pm
Wayne Ferreira vs Mark Philippoussis
Mats Wilander vs. Jimmy Arias
Friday, April 24
Starting at 6 pm
Pat Cash vs. Karel Novacek
Jim Courier vs. Mikael Pernfors
Saturday, April 25
Starting 1 pm
Doubles featuring all four losing quarterfinalists Pat Cash/Karel Novacek winner vs. Mats Wilander/Jimmy Arias winner
Starting at 6 pm
Doubles featuring all four losing quarterfinalist Jim Courier/Mikael Pernfors winner vs. Wayne Ferreira/Mark Philippoussis winner
Sunday, April 26
Starting at 1 pm
Third Place Match