Former world no.1 Moya set for Capital tennis event

Spain's Carlos Moya. Picture: Getty

Spain's Carlos Moya. Picture: Getty

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FORMER world tennis No. 1 Carlos Moya has confirmed his place in the field for Brodies Champions of Tennis, the first ever ATP Champions Tour event to be held in Scotland and taking place at the home of Edinburgh Accies rugby club from June 20-23.

Spaniard Moya, 36, completed the rare trinity of a Grand Slam singles victory, winning at the 1998 French Open, reaching the top of the rankings the following year and helping his country win a Davis Cup in 2004.

Organisers also today announced the schedule of play for the three-day event and confirmed the final entries as South African Wayne Ferreira and the Swedish duo of Thomas Enqvist and Mikael Pernfors.

They join Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic – who will re-enact a famous Wimbledon semi-final on the opening day – John McEnroe, Greig Rusedski and Mark Philippoussis.

Six of the players will compete in an ATP Champions Tour competition while McEnroe, Ferreira and Pernfors take part in a special Legends event.

There is no doubt, though, that the acquisition of Moya adds even more lustre-evoking memories of how he bounced back from losing an Australian Open final to Pete Sampras in 1997 to triumph at Roland Garros a year later while he is written into Davis Cup history with his back-top-back singles victories over Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish as Spain edged the USA 3-2.

Also on Moya’s CV is an epic 13-11 fifth set loss to Tim Henman at Wimbledon eight years ago.

Of his forthcoming visit to Edinburgh Moya said: ‘Having the chance to play in Edinburgh is so exciting for me. I have never played there before, but I hear it is a great city. The player field looks amazing and I can’t wait to have the chance to play against people like Philippoussis, Henman and Ivanisevic. They’re all great players and old friends from the Tour.”

Tickets are now on sale at www.championsoftennis.com.

Schedule:

Thursday Afternoon (First match 2pm): Rusedksi v Philippoussis, Ferreira v Pernfors.

Thursday Evening (7pm): Henman v Ivanisevic, Rusedski/Moya v Enqvist/Pernfors.

Friday (2pm): Henman v Enqvist, Ferreira/Philippoussis v Ivanisevic/Pernfors. Evening: Rusedski v Moya.

McEnroe/Henman v Ferreira/Philippoussis. Saturday (2pm): McEnroe v Pernfors, Moya v Philippoussis, Enqvist v Ivanisevic.

Sunday (time tbc): Third v fourth, McEnroe v Ferreira followed by Brodies Champions of Tennis Final