Big stars coming for tennis tourney


Having been previously treated by the presence of World Number One tennis player Serena Williams, Barbadians can expect to be thrilled once again over their Independence weekend by four tennis stars in a tennis feast being dubbed Dream Cup Barbados.

The tennis extravaganza will showcase four of the world’s best tennis players, including Grand Slam champions Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro along with Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro. The event runs from November 28 to December 1.

The Dream Cup Barbados players will be competing for up to BDS$1 million.

“We are thrilled to have top players like Andy, Juan Martin, Richard and Nicolas come to Barbados and experience this incredible paradise,” said Kodi Lewis, executive director, The Dream Cup Barbados.

“We are grateful for the relationships with key supporters such as the Barbados Tourism Authority, ESPN and Saint Peter’s Bay. Having this amazing tennis talent compete on the island will be a fantastic experience for the fans and sponsors and we can’t wait to kick The Dream Cup off,” Lewis added on Saturday during the launch of the tournament.

The event begins on Thursday November 28th with the exclusive Players Evening Cocktail Party to be held at Beach House and the official match-draw for the best-of-three sets competition. The tennis tournament challenge will begin Friday evening November 29th with the two semi-final singles matches at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Saturday evening will be The Dream Cup Singles Final, again at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. On Sunday, there will be two closing events with the Cocktails On The Court Party/ VIP Mixerand an Exhibition Doubles Match at the Sugar Hills Estates in St. James.

As part of a two-year agreement, ESPN will air exclusive live coverage of the event on its television and broadband networks in Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking Latin America, and stream it live on its broadband network in the U.S. ESPN’s agreement with the Dream Cup Barbados also includes exclusive live airing of the 2014 event.

“The Dream Cup from Barbados is an exceptional showcase for some of the best tennis players in the world,” Michael Walters, vice president, programming, ESPN International, said.

“It will provide ESPN International’s multi-platform services with an outstanding tennis competition from a unique venue and we are pleased to be able to bring this event live to fans around the world,” he noted.

The players will be staying at St. Peter’s Bay Resort & Residences. (WG/PR) 

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