TIM HENMAN and Goran Ivanisevic are to play at the Brodies Champions of Tennis in Edinburgh, it was confirmed today.
The pair, who famously met in the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2001 before the Croat went on to win the title as a wildcard, will revive
their rivalry at the first-ever ATP Champions Tour event in Scotland, which is to be held at the home of the Edinburgh Academicals from June
Henman said: “I’m really looking forward to returning to Edinburgh.
The last time I played in Scotland was at the National Junior Championships at Craiglockhart.”
Henman added: “Andy Murray’s success has put Scotland firmly on the tennis map and the level of support he has received demonstrates that there is a great passion for tennis in Scotland.
“I’m really looking forward to playing Goran again. Our match in 2001 in the semis at Wimbledon was such a unique match and such a special
match because it was of huge importance to both of us. If there’s one match that people want to talk about with me it’s probably that one. l
look forward to playing him again, and hopefully beating him this time.”
In fact, the 2001 encounter was spread over three days due to rain interruptions (no Centre Court roof back then) and while Henman’s
chance of the blue riband title never came again, Ivanisevic went on to beat Pat Rafter in the final and gain consolation for three
previous defeats at the ultimate stage of Wimbledon.
Ivanisevic is equally excited by the prospect of again playing the man that he beat on his way to that life-changing Wimbledon title.
“Whenever I see Tim I think of that match. It’s going to be great to play him again, especially in Scotland. I have always wanted to visit
Scotland, home of Andy Murray! It will be great to see Edinburgh, a city that I have heard so much about, and I am looking forward to
competing for the title.
“I know John McEnroe is going to be there as well so it should be a fun week, it always is when John is around!” said Ivanisevic.
Tournament Director Viki Mendelssohn said: “The quality of the playing field I am bringing together is turning up some mouth-watering rematches. Alongside John McEnroe, to have players as outstanding as Goran and Tim - two of the most popular and passionate players of
their time - shows our commitment to producing a highly competitive tennis event for spectators.”
Tickets are now on sale at www.championsoftennis.com