Scotland will play host to another volley of tennis legends this summer when the Brodies Invitational at Gleneagles returns on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June.
Brodies LLP and the Gleneagles Hotel will jointly host the two-day tournament, which is the only Scottish fixture on the prestigious ATP Champions Tour.
Tennis legends including former British No. 1 Tim Henman, former World No. 8 Mark Philippoussis and eight-time ATP World Tour doubles champion Colin Fleming will compete for the title of Brodies Invitational Champion. They will also share the court with some of Scotland’s most promising young tennis talent, with the event helping to raise money for Maggie’s cancer care centres and Cancer Research UK.
Former Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray will make a welcome return to support the event, alongside Tennis Scotland and Scottish sports broadcaster Alison Walker as MC.
Tim Henman, former World No. 4 and six-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, said: “I can’t wait to return to Gleneagles for the Brodies Invitational. Last year’s event was a great success and we can always count on fantastic support when we play in Scotland. We’ve got another group of world-class players lined up for this year’s tournament but for all of us, one of the real highlights is playing alongside the juniors as there is such a wealth of talent and they always put us through our paces. I’m looking forward to getting back on court this year to see what they’ve got!”
Established in 1997, the ATP Champions Tour spans the globe with former champions competing in tournaments in cities including London, Mexico City, Seoul, Stockholm and Palma de Mallorca.
Jan Felgate, CEO of the ATP Champions Tour, said: “We are delighted that the Brodies Invitational has returned as part of the ATP Champions Tour. Last year’s event in Gleneagles’ iconic location really captured the essence and prestige of the Tour. It’s terrific that the event is able to bring the ATP Champions Tour to Scotland as there is so much support for the sport.”
Nick Scott, managing partner elect of Brodies, said: “Once again, we’re thrilled to bring sports fans, business people and top notch players together at Gleneagles for two days of top quality tennis. I’d like to thank all of our partner organisations for their involvement and support – without it, this event would not be possible.
“Brodies has a long history of supporting sport in Scotland, particularly at a grassroots level where it all stems from. We try to encourage youngsters to enjoy physical activity – and competition – and if that helps nurture Scottish sporting stars of the future, so much the better. It was wonderful to see Aidan McHugh, who took part in the Brodies Invitational in 2016 as a junior, reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open Juniors competition last week. His success serves as an inspiration to other Scottish sporting stars of the future, and to the juniors that will be playing at our event this year.”
Blane Dodds, CEO of Tennis Scotland, added: “This is another great opportunity to see not only the stars of the past, but also some of our nation’s up and coming juniors who don’t often get to play in front of a home crowd. The Brodies Invitational encourages Scotland’s tennis fans to support Scottish talent from an early stage, – and we hope helps inspire others to take up the sport.”
The event is also being supported by Brewin Dolphin.
Due to the popularity of last year’s tournament, the number of tickets has been increased to over 1,200 across both days. Tickets for the Brodies Invitational are normally priced at £39.50 for adults and £20 for children, however a 20% ‘early bird’ discount is being offered until midnight on Wednesday 14 February. To take advantage of this limited offer, book your tickets using the promo code EarlybirdBTI20. Other ticket options, including family ticket are available on the website.