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Serena Williams wins the Australian Open… whilst pregnant!

Serena Williams wins the Australian Open while (accurately) eight weeks pregnant, without dropping a single set! She returned to the Women’s Number One world ranking spot just after winning the Australian Open. She is returning as a mother next year as her first unborn child is due in this autumn. Williams will not play again in 2017 which means she’s missing out on the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Earlier this week, Serena has faced some racism by Ilie Nastase about William’s unborn child. Nastase was escorted off the court with bad mouthing at officials. The Romanian has yet not apologised for the actions he has caused.

70 year old Nastase publicly made controversial racist remarks about Serena’s unborn child.

Serena commented about this remark on Instagram on 24th April 2017:

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Serena Williams isn’t the only athlete to complete a sport while pregnant. Thirty-one year old Alysia Montano ran the 800m at the US race while thirty-four weeks pregnant in the time of two minutes and thirty-one seconds. She has won 800 National titles in the past four years.

Jessica Ennis Hill has backed Serena Williams’s case by saying it is possible to do sports while pregnant.

“I’m sure whatever she decides she’ll do a great job at it because she’s a fantastic athlete.”

Women’s Wimbledon title up for grabs?

With Serena Williams out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships the title is wide open for anyone to win. The current favourite is World No 2 Angelique Kerber.

Eventmasters still have Wimbledon Hospitality packages available for this year’s tournament. Call us on 0121 233 6500.

Davis Cup 2016 – Great Britain v Japan Review

Great Britain, led by the sensational Andy Murray, made the perfect start to the defence of their Davis Cup title with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Japan in first round at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham.

The hotly anticipated tie saw the holders and hosts sent out their star player Murray for the opening game, as the World No.2 faced the World No.87 Taro Daniel. The 28-year-old has been out of action since the start of February after the birth of his first child, but showed few signs of rust as he cruised to a 6-1 6-3 6-1 victory.

Japan levelled the scored at 1-1 later in the day as World No.6 Kei Nishikori beat Dan Evans 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in a superb contest.

On day two the Andy Murray joined forces with brother Jamie to but Britain back into the lead as they beat Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3 6-2 6-4. This win meant that if Andy Murray could overcome Kei Nishikori, Britain would make it into the quarter-finals.

Murray and Nishikori play out five-set Davis Cup thriller

Sunday’s clash between two of the world’s finest players was without doubt the best match of the tie. The packed Barclaycard Arena was buzzing with anticipation, with Union Jacks draped all over the fabulous arena.

The players, particularly Murray, were greeted by huge roars as they stepped onto the court. The Scot made a good start to the match and raced into a 3-1 lead, but Nishikori battled back to level the set at 4-4. Some stunning rallies and defensive shots from Murray proved enough to see him through the opener 7-5 as took a one set lead.Nishikori070316

These two exceptional athletes slugged out another outstanding set, the crowd were in awe of some of the shots being played. Nishikori proving his mental strength and silencing the raucous crowd as the second-set headed to a tie break; Murray came out on top to take a two-set lead.

The third set saw Japan stage a fightback, as their star player produced some classy shots to take a 5-3 lead, before seeing out the set to make it 2-1. It was a similar story in set four as Nishikori took the set 4-6 to set up a decider.

The crowd could sense that the momentum had swung away from Murray and the tension was evident on the faces of everyone. But the renowned stamina of the former Wimbledon champion came into play as three consecutive breaks saw him win the set 6-3 to send Britain into the next round.

That’s now 14 consecutive Davis Cup wins for Murray, what an astonishing record.

Murray delighted with Davis Cup win

After the match Murray said:  “The crowd helped for sure. Physically I struggled a little at the end of the third set and a little in fourth.

“I was a little bit calmer in the fifth set. I was panicking a little bit at the end of the third when I was struggling physically, I didn’t quite know what to do.

Andy Murray celebrates Davis Cup win“Last year was incredible every time I played in the Davis Cup. This team did something special and I would like to do the same again this year.

“Obviously the next match will be extremely tough and if we stick together and fight we have a chance.”

Members of the Eventmasters team enjoyed some outstanding hospitality inside the Barclaycard Arena on the superb final day. The food was excellent and the seats were some of the finest in the house providing unrivalled views of the brilliant five set match.

 

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Aegon Open Nottingham Hospitality Packages – Istomin crowned champion

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin has clinched his first ATP World Tour title at the Aegon Open Nottingham, after defeating American Sam Querrey 7-6(1) 7-6(6) in Saturday’s final in front of a sell-out crowd including Eventmasters Aegon Open Nottingham hospitality packages guests.

The big-serving American, saved two match points and almost levelled the tie having raced ahead 5-1 in the second-set tiebreak. But Istomin, who also became the first Uzbekistani to lift an ATP World Tour title, recovered his composure to land the title. After the match Istomin commented “I was a little bit nervous and he took his chance to break for 5-5. During the tiebreak, I just forgot about the score and I just tried to fight. In the end it worked, and I’m happy to have my first title.”

12th seed and World No. 44 Querrey, who toppled second seed and World No. 13 Gilles Simon in the semi-finals, said his comeback in the final was outdone by some magical moments from his opponent. “It was kind of an emotional rollercoaster toward the end, he came up with some good shots.”

After claiming his first title Istomin can head into Wimbledon full of confidence, he takes on Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the opening round. Earlier in the day, the pairing of Chris Guccione and Andre Sa also lifted their first ATP crown after defeating second seeds Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero 6-2 7-5 in the doubles final on Centre Court.

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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.

For more information on our tennis hospitality packages including Wimbledon hospitality packages for the 2015 championships please click here.

A Superb Start for Eventmasters Catering Services at the WTA Aegon Open Nottingham

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Eventmasters Catering Services have received excellent reviews and feedback from VIP guests in attendance including the LTA Chief Executive himself, Michael Downey, following the 2 opening days of this new grass court tennis tournament, introduced as part of the buildup to the Championships at Wimbledon.

Hospitality guests in attendance have enjoyed a fantastic environment in which to entertain their important guests, combined with a high quality corporate hospitality package, as you would expect from any major tennis tournament. Following a Moet & Chandon and canape reception, a three course a la carte lunch is offered at your private table (Private tables are available regardless of the number of guests in your party). A deluxe afternoon tea and a full complimentary bar is also included along, of course, with the very best reserved VIP seating within Centre Court.

“I wanted to say what a wonderful time I had today with my friends.  I’ve been to Wimbledon and Roland Garros and booked hospitality, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed today.  I thought the hospitality was spot on.

The whole experience was effortless which is how I like it, oh and the tennis was pretty good too!!!

Thank you for all your help.”

Sally Brennan

A number of players as well as Judy Murray mingled with guests in a relaxed and conducive atmosphere.

Lunch

Please see below for the choice of menu and list of wines served on the day. If you are interested in attending the Men’s ATP Aegon Open Nottingham and enjoying the superb hospitality experience, prices start from as little as £129 plus VAT per person. Major stars from the tennis world that have been confirmed as playing in this tournament include; recent French Open semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Britain’s own Davis Cup hero James Ward. Please contact Elliot Sheasby (esheasby@eventmasters.co.uk 0121 233 6500).

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MENU

Canapés

Bamboo Chicken Satays
Goats Cheese Parmiers
Pressed Thai Pork Belly
Tomato, Bocconcini & Basil

Starters

Smoked Chicken & Mango Salad, Mirin Dressing
Warm Goats Cheese in Pea Dust, Rocket Salad & Beetroot Glaze
Gazpacho Andalusia

Main

Fillet of Beef, Fondant Potato with Roast Shallot Syrup, Barolo Jus & Vegetable Bundle
Salmon Escalope, Deep fried Samphire, Chive Mash, Fricasse of Peas & Beans
Breaded Thai Risotto Croquette

Dessert

Apricot & Almond Tart, Vanilla Cream
Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries & Shortbread

Afternoon Tea Sandwiches

Traditional Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Cucumber
Roast Sirloin of Beef, Creamed Horseradish & Rocket
Free Range Egg and Watercress

Afternoon Tea

Warm Fruit Scones, Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream
Bowl of  Fresh Strawberries & Cream
Pot of Tea & milk

WINE LIST

Red
Château Méaume, Bordeaux Supérieur
A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood. This is an extremely soft wine which is a classic right bank style with velvet tannins.

Beaujolais-Villages, Georges Duboeuf
Packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. A bright and youthful wine with a fresh finish and voilet tones. Excellent on its own or with some light canopies.

White
Montagny Vielle Vignes
This Montagny offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an elegant, steely dry finish. An elegant and classic Burgundian wine

Sauvignon de Touraine/11, Joël Delaunay
Aromatic, steely Sauvignon just bursting with gooseberry fruit, cut grass and citrus. This is a fresh wine with elderflower characteristics and a lingering finish, perfect for a summers day.

Kyle Edmund and Aljaz Bedene confirmed for Aegon Open Nottingham

British number two and Aljaz Bedene and youngster Kyle Edmund have followed Davis Cup star James Ward in being awarded a wild card into the Aegon Open Nottingham (ATP) field. The pair will entertain the crowd enjoying the tennis hospitality facilities at the Aegon Open Nottingham.

Edmund has already qualified for both Grand Slam events this season and won his first main draw match at Roland Garros with a dramatic five-set win over Stephane Robert. Bedene has won two Challenger titles this year and is embarking on his first grass court season as a British citizen in front of a home crowd.

The British trio will compete alongside French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at the Nottingham Tennis Centre the week before The Championships, Wimbledon.

Bedene said: “I am really pleased to receive the wild card to the Aegon Open Nottingham and look forward to playing on the great grass courts at the tennis centre.”

The Aegon Open Nottingham will form part of a new British grass court season that will run for three weeks between the French Open and Wimbledon. The WTA event takes place from 6-14 June 2015, and the men’s ATP event is staged from 20-27 June 2015. The extended grass court season will enable some of the world’s elite players extra time to find their feet on grass and make the most of the very best grass-courts in the country.

Aegon Open Nottingham (ATP) Tournament Director Paul Hutchins, said: “Having a good contingent of GB players is good for the event so I am pleased that currently three out of our four wild cards are going to well-known British players as local Nottingham spectators will like to see a mix of great international players such as Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Feliciano Lopez as well as the home guys.”

For more information on our wide range of tennis hospitality packages including packages for the Aegon Nottingham Open please click here.

Murray and Watson in action at French Open

Andy Murray and Heather Watson will both be in action on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros. Watson will be one of the stars on show at the Aegon Open Nottingham in the build-up to the Wimbledon Championships and Eventmasters can provide official tennis hospitality for both of these events.

Murray takes on Portugal’s Portugal’s Joao Sousa on Court Philippe-Chatrier, while Watson takes on America’s Sloane Stephens. Murray won his opening game of the tournament with a comfortable straight sets victory over Argentinian Facundo Arguello and has been in great form over the last few months.

Watson has never lost to Stephens, but the American enters their second round clash on the back of a win against seven time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. Other stars on action on day four include world number one Novak Djokovic, nine time French Open champion Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams.

For more information on our wide range of tennis hospitality packages including for the British Grass Court season tournaments including Birmingham Classic, Aegon Open Nottingham and Aegon International Eastbourne please follow the links.