Legends will give top service

The aces are coming to Cayman to
give tennis fans of the masters circuit an unforgettable experience.

Six of the world’s best players of
all-time will converge in Grand Cayman for the 2010 Legends Tennis
Championships. It’s from 5-7 November at the Ritz-Carlton court and is organised
by the New York based company. InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.
Hosted by Dragon Bay and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The
Legends Championships is one of the most prestigious events on the 2010 Outback
Champions Series, the US based global circuit for champion tennis players aged
over 30.

Vying for the title in the
six-player field are Jim Courier, former world No.1, four-time Grand Slam singles
title winner and defending back-to-back champion of the 2008 and 2009 Legends
Tournaments; Stefan Edberg, former world No.1 in both singles and doubles and a
six-time Grand Slam singles title winner; Marat Safin, former world No.1 and a
two-time Grand Slam singles title winner, and Michael Chang, former world No.2
and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame; Jimmy Arias, former world
No.5 and Grand Slam doubles title winner; and Aaron Krickstein, former world
No.6 and Grand Slam semi-finalist.

Mike Ryan, developer of the new
360-acre sea-to-sea Dragon Bay community and The Residences at The
Ritz-Carlton, is pleased to be hosting the event for the third consecutive year
which confirms his commitment to establishing the Cayman Islands as the premier
Caribbean tennis destination. He said: “We are thrilled to have such an
incredible roster of talent joining us for the 2010 Legends Championships. Once
again, we will be bringing world-class championship level tennis to the Cayman
Islands, featuring truly legendary athletes.”

The Legends Championships is part
of the international Champions Series that travels worldwide keeping tennis
connoisseurs happy. Eligible players competing have either held a top five
singles ranking, been a Grand Slam singles finalist or a singles player on a
Championship Davis Cup team during their pro careers.

The Legends event features a field
of six champion players competing in a single knock-out format, vying for
$120,000 in prize money and ranking points that determine the year-end No.1 on
the Outback Champions Series.

The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton
will kick off the 2010 Legends Championships tennis tournament on Wednesday 3
November with a pro-Aam tournament offering a host of opportunities to get
close to the legends. With only 12 spots available, each participating amateur
will play side-by-side with a pro and is granted exclusive and personal access
to an ultra-private meet and greet reception; daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
with the pros, also the Saturday Night Whites VIP Party and VIP seating at all
Legends Championships matches with unlimited access to the Champions Club, a
dining and viewing tent located above the courts.

Entry to the pro-am tournament is
US$10,000 and includes admittance to the entire event, airport transfers and
five nights in luxury oceanfront accommodations provided by The Ritz-Carlton
which was voted the best resort in the Caribbean by Condé Nast Traveler
readers. Proceeds from the pro-am tournament and all subsequent event ticket
sales will benefit as before the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre – a locally run
charity with the primary mandate to provide a safe haven for abused women and
their children and to promote the belief that everyone deserves the right to
live a life free of violence. 

Ryan has been hosting charity
tennis tournaments for the past 10 years to support the CICC and last year the
Legends Championships raised $50,000 to benefit the centre’s programmes. He
said: “My commitment to supporting the crisis centre is matched only, perhaps,
by my passion for tennis and so the Legends tournament allows me to indulge my
passion for tennis, while simultaneously raising funds for the Crisis Centre. I
truly believe there is no worthier cause.”

The 2010 Legends Championships
tournament will be an exclusive and intimate VIP event, allowing a maximum attendance
of 200 people. Kicking off with the quarter-finals on 5 November, it will
continue with two days of action, including a street exhibition match and the
nail-biting finals to name the ultimate champion.

Tennis fans can take advantage of
the 2010 Legends Championships full weekend package, priced at US$650 which
includes: VIP Gold seats to all tennis events, entry to the VIP Champions Club
for all events and attendance at the Saturday Night Whites party with the pros.
As space is limited, tennis fans are encouraged to book their spaces early.

For more information on the 2010
Legends Championships, or to reserve your tickets, visit
www.TheLegendsCayman.com, www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com, or email [email protected]
or Debra Mitan at [email protected]

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