Tennis fans are counting down the
days when they can savour again some world class masters matches at Cayman’s
Ritz-Carlton courts and see the likes of former Grand Slam champions Jim
Courier, Michael Chang, Marat Safin and Stefan Edberg.
Six of the world’s best players of
all-time will converge in Grand Cayman for the 2010 Legends Tennis
Championships from 5-7 November at the Ritz-Carlton court. It is organised by
the New York-based InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and hosted by Dragon
Bay and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton. The Legends Championships is one of
the most highly regarded events on the 2010 Outback Champions Series for
players over 30.
Vying for the title are Courier,
former world No.1 four-time Grand Slam singles title winner and defending
champion of the 2008 and 2009 Legends tournaments; Edberg, former world No.1 in
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; 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.
Courier and Arias were here last
week on a whistle-stop stay to help promote the event. Courier said he’s
looking forward to returning here and trying to remain unbeaten in Cayman. He
said; “The Champion Series was really established as a way for players like
myself and Jimmy Arias who have always been competitive, to remain competitive.
Also to take it to places like Grand Cayman where there isn’t a big
professional tournament and no opportunity for people in places like this to
see high calibre tennis and big names they know. So I thought there was an
opportunity and a real void and I think we’ve done a really nice job of taking
tennis to places like here and providing a service to the tennis fans in this
The tournament will be an exclusive
VIP event, allowing a maximum of 200 people. Fans can take advantage of a full
weekend package, priced at US$650 which includes: VIP seats to all tennis
events, entry to the VIP Champions Club for all events and to the Saturday
Night Whites party with the pros.
Courier, 40, is still as
competitive as ever, but he lost on Sunday to Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-1 in
the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championships in Surprise, Arizona.