Feliciano Lopez crowned Brodies Invitational Champion in thrilling final match at the EICC

Feliciano Lopez has been crowned Brodies Invitational Champion in a thrilling final match against Marcos Baghdatis at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, winning the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

During the three-day event (Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September), tennis legends battled it out alongside some of Scotland’s up and coming stars in a series of singles and doubles matches. Crowds were treated to world class, and entertaining performances from former British No. 1s Greg Rusedski, Johanna Konta and Laura Robson, former World No. 8 and 2003 Wimbledon finalist, Mark Philippoussis, former World No. 12 Feliciano Lopez and former World No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis. Alongside them, playing on court, were British players Ali Collins, Freya Christie, Maia Lumsden and Aidan McHugh.

Also adding to the line-up were some of Scotland’s best youngsters who took part in a series of drills and games on the court with Judy Murray. Scottish sports broadcaster Alison Walker returned to MC the event and interview the players.

Colin Fleming, tournament director, said: “It’s been a first class three days of competition at the Brodies Tennis Invitational, topped off by a thrilling final match between Feliciano and Marcos. Throughout the event, all of the players put on fantastic performances, showing us all why they have enjoyed the success they all  have throughout their careers.

Our aim was for the event to be a real inspiration for people. We have seen families come along and children and young people have had a unique chance to watch these high-level players here in Scotland, we hope some of them will be the stars of the future.”

Nick Scott, managing partner at Brodies, said: “The Brodies Invitational is about showcasing Scotland as a world class sporting destination, supporting grassroots development, and creating a legacy. We’ve seen some great competitive tennis from legends of the sport and our homegrown emerging talent, in Ali, Maia and Aidan, all three of whom are Scottish. We are also proud to have teamed up with Judy Murray once again, who, along with our charity partner, Brain Health Scotland, took our community programme into local primary and secondary schools, delivered coaching sessions with teachers, and visited Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Café.”

“It has been a great three days of tennis, which is testament to our guests and members of the public who helped to create a fantastic atmosphere, and to our players who brought incredible tennis to Edinburgh. I also give thanks to our ball boys and girls, match officials and umpires, sponsors, event partners, and of course to the wider team at Brodies who helped to make the event a success.”