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Wimbledon Championships 2016 – News Round Up 22-04-2016

As the summer draws ever closer we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week ahead of Wimbledon 2016, the world’s most prestigious grass-court tennis championships. The biggest stars in the game will compete at the hallowed courts of SW19 across two fantastic weeks of action – Monday 27th June – Sunday 10th July 2016.

Sharapova ruling likely to happen before Wimbledon 2016

The ruling in the doping case of five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is likely to be delivered before the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

Sharapova was banned from tennis earlier in the year after testing positive for the newly banned substance meldonium, a drug usually used to help out with heart conditions. After failing the test the International Tennis Federation (ITF) banned her from the sport as of 12th March 2016.

The former Wimbledon champion claimed that she had been prescribed the drug in 2006, but it wasn’t added to the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) list until the 1st January 2016.

But the 29-year-old could still feature at the Wimbledon Championships 2016 if her ban is only a short one. International Tennis Federation President, David Haggerty has said that doping cases usually take ”two to three months” to deliver their verdicts.

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Former Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal claims ninth Monte Carlo Masters title

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title as he continues his preparation for the French Open.

The World No.5 saw off Andy Murray in the semi-finals to set-up a final against Frenchman Gael Monfils. But the ‘King of Clay’ was in spectacular form, showing all his class and fighting spirit to claim the title with a 7-5 5-7 6-0 victory.

After two hard-fought sets, the game was perfectly poised. But Nadal was simply unplayable in the final set, using his crushing forehand to devastating effect. Sealing the match with a glorious shot down the line.

After the match the former Wimbledon hero said, “I had a tough season last year, but I’ve had better preparation this year, even with a tough start to the season.

“It’s great to win a Masters title again. I hope this week will help me a lot.”

Wimbledon Champions Djokovic and Williams win top Laureus World Sports Awards

Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the sportsman and sportswoman of the year accolades at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

The pair enjoyed phenomenal seasons in 2015, both reached the finals of all four Grand Slam events, winning three of them. Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon title with a four-set victory over Roger Federer.

While Williams an astonishing sixth Wimbledon title as she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets.

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Wimbeldon Hospitality Packages – Top seeds in action on day one

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be the main attractions on the opening day of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. The top two players in the world will kick-off a fantastic day of Wimbledon hospitality packages.

Defending champion and World No.1 Djokovic will open the play on Centre Court at 13.00 when he takes on World No. 33 Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Serbian is the tournament favourite after his sensational form over the past year, but he knows he faces a test against the experienced German. French Open champion Stan Wawrinka take on Portugal’s Joao Sousa in what looks to be a straight-forward match for the fourth seed.

Williams is on course for a calendar Grand Slam having already won the Australian Open and French Open. She opens her campaign against Margarita Gasparyan on Court One at 13.00, the second match on Centre Court pits fourth seed Maria Sharapova against Britain’s Johanna Konta. The 24-year-old has played consistently well in all of the grass-court competitions leading into Wimbledon and could cause the former champion a lot of problems.

British number one Heather Watson is action on Court Two against the France’s Caroline Garcia. Other Brits in action are Liam Brody who plays Australian Marinko Matosevic on Court 18, while his sister, Naomi Broady, plays Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino later in the day.

A record prize fund of £26.75m is on offer at the 129th Championships, with the men’s and women’s singles champions each receiving £1.88m and first-round losers collecting £29,000. Almost half a million spectators will pass through the gates at SW19 over the 13 days of action and Wimbledon hospitality guests will enjoy the best seats in the house.

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Wimbledon 2015 – Official Draw Announced

The draw for the opening round of the 2015 Wimbledon Championship has been made, Eventmasters can provide Wimbledon hospitality packages for the most prestigious event in the tennis calendar.

Number three seed and 2013 champion Andy Murray will face Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin and has been drawn in the opposite side of the draw to World No.1 Novak Djokovic. The route to the final could be a tricky for the World No.3 – he could have to get past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer before a potential meeting with Djokovic in the final.

Djokovic will start his title defence against World No.33 Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round and, potentially, Lleyton Hewitt in the second. While British Davis Cup hero James Ward begins his tournament against World No.8 David Ferrer, who was eliminated from the Aegon Open Nottingham by Marcos Baghdatis earlier this week.

In the women’s singles number one seed Serena Williams could potentially face sister Venus in the last sixteen. While the top half of the draw is packed with world-class talent including Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Lucie Safarova.

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Andy Murray Seeded Third

British number one Andy Murray has been seeded number three for the upcoming Wimbledon Championships, which begin on Monday 29th June. Eventmasters are delighted to provide Wimbledon hospitality packages for the biggest event in tennis.

Murray warmed up for tournament at SW19 with a fourth title in the Aegon Championship at Queen’s Club. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeded number one, while seven-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer is seeded number two.

Two-time champion Rafa Nadal has been seeded tenth, meaning he could face one of the leading contenders in the quarter-finals. While Murray will meet either Djokovic or Federer in the semi-finals should he progress to that stage.

Serena Williams is the top seed in the women’s draw ahead of 2014 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

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Top seeds – Men’s singles

1 DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB), 2 FEDERER, Roger (SUI), 3 MURRAY, Andy (GBR), 4 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI), 5 NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN), 6 BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE), 7 RAONIC, Milos (CAN), 8 FERRER, David (ESP), 9 CILIC, Marin (CRO), 10 NADAL, Rafael (ESP), 11 DIMITROV, Grigor (BUL), 12 SIMON, Gilles (FRA), 13 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA), 14 ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA), 15 LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP), 16 GOFFIN, David (BEL)

Top seeds – Women’s singles

1 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA), 2 KVITOVA, Petra (CZE), 3 HALEP, Simona (ROU), 4 SHARAPOVA, Maria (RUS), 5 WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN), 6 SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE), 7 IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB), 8 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS), 9 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP), 10 KERBER, Angelique (GER), 11 PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE), 12 BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN), 13 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL), 14 PETKOVIC, Andrea (GER), 15 BACSINSZKY, Timea (SUI), 16 WILLIAMS, Venus (USA)

Aegon Open Nottingham Hospitality – Record crowds see day of shocks

Day two of the ATP Aegon Open Nottingham attracted record crowds to see the tournament’s top three seeds in action. Eventmasters Aegon Open Nottingham hospitality guests saw some of the world’s biggest stars in action on what turned into a day of shock results.

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis produced the performance of the day to beat World No. 7 David Ferrer 6-2 7-6 (7-4). After the win Baghdatis said “I think I played it smart not to give him any rhythm. I’m very happy about my win today but I have to keep my feet on the ground.”

Spanish third seed Feliciano Lopez made it into the third round with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 win against American teenager Taylor Harry Fritz. British Davis Cup hero James Ward was unable to make it into the second round, as he won his rain delayed first round match to American Tim Smyczek but lost 1-6 7-6(3) 6-1.

Elsewhere 18-year-old former junior world number one Alexander Zverev came from a set down to beat Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4 and set up a third round meeting with Baghdatis. Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who toppled Rafael Nadal at The Queen’s Club last week, overcame 11th seed Spaniard Pablo Andujar in 2 hours 20 minutes 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-4.

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Murray Hopes Queens Form Continues

Andy Murray completed his Wimbledon preparations in perfect style after sealing his fourth Championship title at the Queen’s Club. Eventmasters are delighted to offer Wimbledon hospitality packages for the most prestigious event in tennis, which begins on Monday 29th June.

Murray joins an illustrious list of names including John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Boris Becker as four-time champions at Queen’s Club, the traditional warm-up event for the Wimbledon Championships. The British number one took just 64 minutes to beat Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-4 in the Queen’s Club final on Sunday.

After winning the Aegon Championship title in 2013 Murray went on to become the first British player in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title. If he goes on to repeat the feat in 2015 he will be just the seventh player in history to do to Queen’s/Wimbledon double.

Murray said “I need to train well the next five, six days, prepare as well as I can, it gives me that little bit of confidence going in there. I played better as the week went on and hopefully I can continue that into Wimbledon.”

The 28-year-old produced some stunning shots in his straight-sets win, beautifully mixing delicate drop shots with powerful cross-court backhands. If he replicates that level of performance he will be a dangerous opponent for anyone, and with the home crowd behind him he could win his second Wimbledon title.

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Wimbledon Prize Money Increased

Wimbledon have announced that the singles champions of this year’s tournament will receive £1.88m, an increase of £120k. The 2015 Championships promises to be a thrilling event for guests enjoying the corporate hospitality packages at Wimbledon, the world’s most famous tennis tournament.

The top players from around the world including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams will all be in action in the tournament which starts on 29th June.

The overall prize fund on offer at the All England Club in 2015 will be £26.75m, a 7% increase on 2014’s fund of £25m. This increase maintains Wimbledon’s status as the highest-paying tournament in the sport.

The capacity crowd at SW19 is also set to increase after development work on Courts 14 and 15 was finished, bringing the ground capacity to 39,000 an increase of 500 on 2014.

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