LEGENDS OF PAST AND PRESENT TO PLAY IN STAR-STUDDED IWC TENNIS TROPHY FOR THE PUBLIC OF BARCELONA
- Bahrami, Corretja, Costa, Date, Hantuchova, Kuznetsova, Leconte, Nastase, Sanchez-Vicario, Santana, Schnyder, Seles to celebrate the passion of sport
- Free tickets available for the general public on Sunday, May 21.
- Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Barcelona, May 20-22
- Apply for media accreditation on www.laureus.com/accreditation
BARCELONA , May 10, 2006– Great tennis players of the past will join leading players of the present to celebrate the passion and glamour of sport in the IWC Tennis Trophy, to be held at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on May 21-22. This exclusive event, hosted by Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen, a founding partner of Laureus, is being staged in the build-up to the seventh annual Laureus World Sports Awards at the Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, on the evening of Monday, May 22.
Over two thrilling days of action, many outstanding players will participate, including Laureus World Sports Academy members Monica Seles and Ilie Nastase, who between them have won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, as well as Spanish legends like Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Manuel Santana, Alex Corretja and Albert Costa. Also competing will be a trio of the most exciting current women players of today - Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova and Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder, quarter-finalist in this year’s Australian Open. They will be joined by eternally popular figures like France’s Henri Leconte , entertainer Mansour Bahrami and Japanese favourite Kimiko Date
Play on Sunday, May 21, will be open to the public. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and can be obtained from Real Club de Tenis Barcelona and at other outlets shortly. A detailed list of confirmed outlets will be available and communicated in the next week.
The IWC Tennis Trophy Programme includes:
Sunday, May 21 OPEN TO PUBLIC
10.00 Children’s Clinic and Professional Competition
11.30 Professional Exhibition
13.30 Exhibition Match
Monday, May 22 INVITATION ONLY EVENT
10.00 Pro-Am competition
13.00 Professional Exhibition.
WC makes time for Laureus and the city of Barcelona
IWC Schaffhausen became a founding partner of Laureus in 2005 as an element of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, which aims to help those who are socially, physically or economically disadvantaged. According to IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern: “IWC is passionate about sport and is committed to bringing the public closer to Laureus. The IWC Tennis Trophy is an ideal way to share the glamour, passion and effectiveness of the organisation with the general public. The presence of numerous Laureus Academy members allows them an ideal opportunity to learn more about Laureus and its activities in an open atmosphere.
“ We are very excited about the IWC Tennis Trophy which we hope will be one of the highlights of the Laureus World Sports Awards weekend. I would like to thank all the great tennis players for giving their time to support this event. I am particularly pleased that we will be able to welcome sports fans in Barcelona to come and watch the action on the Sunday. It should be an unforgettable day’s tennis,” he added.
Grand Slam of Glamour and Sport
Laureus Academy member Monica Seles will open the first day of the IWC Tennis Trophy with a special coaching session for children. She said: “I am very excited about hosting the tennis clinic for children. Sport is a great way to involve young people. As a Laureus Academy member, the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for underprivileged youngsters around the world is enormously important to me.”
Laureus is a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler and Richemont, represented by the founding partner brands IWC and Mercedes-Benz.
About the Awards
Last year's Awards Ceremony, in the presence of His Majesty, The King of Spain, was attended by the legends of the Laureus World Sports Academy and Hollywood stars Jackie Chan, Morgan Freeman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Gay Harden. Among the award winners present were Roger Federer, Kelly Holmes and Greece football coach Otto Rehhagel.
Barcelona , the capital of Catalonia, is a city with an enormous sporting tradition which has staged the most important sports events. The immensely successful 1992 Olympic Games gave a new impulse to sport in the city. Sport is a part of everyday life in Barcelona and during the past few years the number of high-level international championships staged in the city has multiplied. Therefore it is no surprise that Barcelona was chosen to host the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2006.
Barcelona is a Mediterranean and metropolitan city with the most modern facilities. Its unique architecture, artistic ambience and many tourist attractions have made Barcelona one of the most visited cities in the world. A business and leisure city, it is the ideal place to organise such an important moment of the sporting year - the Laureus Awards Ceremony.
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