Pat Rafter Confirmed for this year's Champions Tennis - Champions Tennis

Thursday 15th June,  London: IMG has today announced that former world No.1 Pat Rafter will return to Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, taking place from Thursday 30th November – Sunday 3rd December 2017. This will mark crowd favourite Rafter’s fifth time playing at the event in one of the UK’s most celebrated entertainment venues.

Rafter turned professional in 1991 and has received a series of accolades since then. His highlights include winning two US Opens in 1997 and 1998 consecutively and reaching the Wimbledon finals in both 2000 and 2001. In 1998, Rafter became the first man to win the Canada Masters, Cincinnati Masters and US Open in the same year. Career highs have included reaching world No. 1 in the singles ranking in 1999 and joining the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Speaking on his return to Champions Tennis Rafter commented: “I always look forward to playing in London and there is no court quite like the Royal Albert Hall. Champions Tennis across the years has become a real highlight in the calendar for me and I’m excited to be back competing for another year.”

Owned and managed by IMG, this year’s Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall marks 21 years of the event. It runs over the course of five days, with a day and evening session each day. Watching the greatest players on the grandest stage, Champions Tennis is the ultimate season finale for the ATP Champions Tour. Additional players will be announced in due course.

In its 21-year history, Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall has featured many of tennis’ greatest stars including John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick, Tim Henman, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic and Bjorn Borg with special appearances from Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Sir Elton John, Billie-Jean King and Novak Djokovic. Tickets and packages for this festive treat in London’s most famed and iconic venue are available now.

Listings Information:

Event:                                                 Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall
Location:                                           Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Dates:                                                Thursday 30th November – Sunday 3rd December 2017
Tickets:                                              Standard from £18.50, Premium from £63.50, VIP from £199
Hospitality:                                       Packages available from £299 per person + VAT
Booking information:                     Visit or call 0207 0704 404
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