Who said tennis tournaments were confined to the summer? While thinking about Christmas during Wimbledon is likely to send a shudder of disgust down your spine, watching tennis in the UK during the festive month is likely to make a refreshing change from the traditional Christmas shenanigans. If the prospect of being engrossed in a tennis tournament in December does sound appealing, simply head to London.
From December 4 – 8, 2013 what promises to be a thoroughly thrilling tennis competition will be held at the Royal Albert Hall. In a nostalgic blast from the past, the Statoil Masters will see many of the past tennis heroes battle it out on court once more.
Last year saw two of the most recognisable and formidable names in tennis compete – John McEnroe and Pat Cash. The predictably nail-biting match concluded with McEnroe beating Cash not without a few “You cannot be serious” shouts to the umpire and throwing of his racket, much to the delight of spectators. The competitive spirit of these never-to-be-forgotten heroes is still clearly evident as they battled intensely for victory despite the humour.
John McEnroe is the reigning Statoil Masters champion and you can be sure that the snarling American will be at his angriest as he vigorously defends his title. Mats Wilander and Henri Laconte will no doubt be doing there best to take his title away.
Others who have signed up for this fabulous and nostalgic sporting event include 2009 winner Pat Rafter, our very own Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Phillippousis and Fabrice Santoro. In the doubles competition the ever-popular Mansour Bahrami and Jamie Murray have signed and will be zipping around the court at the Royal Albert Hall this December.
It goes without saying that this tennis tournament is hugely popular with plenty of laughter mixed in with the usual tension involved with world-class tennis.
Tickets vary greatly in price depending on how close to the action your seat is. Visit the Royal Albert Hall website to book tickets for this superlative tennis tournament, which is naturally extremely popular with us tennis-loving Brits, even at Christmas time.