World famous Nick Bollettieri to attend Liverpool International 2012

Tennis coach Nick Bollitteiri, who has trained many of the world’s top players, will be coming to the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament for the first time this year, it has been revealed. His long time partner Reno Manne will also join him for a clinic during the event.

Bollitteiri has worked with 20 former world number one champions, including Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Jim Courier, Monic Seles, Boris Becker, and the Williams sisters.

Now aged 80, he still coaches at his own academies and runs his expert tennis clinics around the world. Known for his charisma and enthusiasm, he is also in demand as a motivational speaker.

Bollitteiri will attend the opening day of the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament on June 21. As well as appearing at the event, he will be giving tennis clinics and attending a special school day (June 20) to help introduce Merseyside children to the game.

Nick Bollittieri said: “I am excited about coming to Liverpool for the first time and am looking forward to the tournament. I know there is a lot of raw talent in the region, and who knows if we might even find a future champion?”

Anders Borg, director of the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, said: “This is an amazing coup for the tournament and we are thrilled Nick will be joining us on our opening day. Not only that, but he will be offering his expertise to our aspiring young tennis players too. Nick is simply a legend of modern tennis and we cannot wait to welcome him to Liverpool.”

This year, the tournament will be spread over six days, comprising two days for youngsters on June 19-20, followed by the four day main tournament event, which organisers hope will generate 25,000 spectators.

A full list of player line ups for this year’s tournament is to be announced at a press conference in Liverpool on 18 April, and there is a 10 percent discount available on all ticket sales available from Ticket Master and Liverpool Echo Arena websites until that date.

Brabners Chaffe Street becomes first 2012 sponsor

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street LLP has just agreed to support The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2012 for the sixth year running, making it the tournament’s longest standing corporate sponsor.

The firm was the very first organisation to sign up as a corporate sponsor for this year’s event, which takes place at Calderstone’s Park this summer from June 21 to 24.

Deborah Ascott-Jones, Director of Business Development at firm and tournament sponsor Brabners Chaffe Street LLP says: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament – it’s wonderful to be associated with this truly memorable event that just gets better and better.

“We never fail to be impressed by the high quality of international players, valuable networking opportunities and exceptional brand profile and hospitality provided. We are very proud to be a major sponsor of this superb event.”

Tournament Director, Anders Borg adds, “Each year, we are joined by some of the world’s biggest tennis players and new rising stars who use the event as a warm up event for Wimbledon, but 2012 will be our biggest year yet, with many of our players going on to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games straight afterwards.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Brabners Chaffe Street will be joining us as one of our key corporate sponsors again this summer, in this important Olympic year.”

Bahrami announced as first tennis legend for Liverpool 2012

Top tennis entertainer Mansour Bahrami has just been announced as the first big name confirmed to play at The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2012, being held at Calderstones Park from 21- 25 June

The French-Iranian Bahrami is one of the most popular figures on the senior circuit, and will play during Liverpool’s Legends Day on Sunday 24 June.

Famous for his range of trick shots and an unusual, fun-filled style of play, his reputation as tennis’ great entertainer has seen him become one of the most sought after name on senior tours.

Anders Borg, Tournament Director says, “Our Legends Day is always a great day with lots of entertainment, and we’re delighted that Mansour will be involved again this summer for our Olympic celebration year, and for what is shaping up to be a really fantastic line up.

“Calderstones Park is the only venue in the North West that Mansour Bahrami will play at, and this year will be his ninth consecutive year at the tournament. It’s a true testament to the quality of the Calderstones Park arena and the prestige of the tournament that we have been able to attract and retain such a popular figure.

“Be it playing whilst sitting down, or his infamous drop shot with so much backspin it bounces back over the net, Bahrami always puts on a spectacular performance and really wows the crowds.

” Mansour Bahrami adds, “I’m really looking forwards to returning to Liverpool again this year, and to being in the midst of the summer’s Olympic celebrations in this wonderful city.

“ Calderstones is a fantastic, intimate venue to play at, and there’s always a great crowd and a great atmosphere. In fact, Legends Day is one of my favourite spots on the circuit, it’s always really good fun to be part of.”

This year the tournament, now in its eleventh year, will be spread over six days, comprising two days for young people on June 19-20, followed by the four day main tournament event, which is expected to attract in the region of 25,000 spectators for a record-breaking Olympic year.

Spire Hospital named as key sponsor for Liverpool International

Leading private healthcare providers Spire Hospital Liverpool have signed up as a sponsor for The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2012, which will be held at Calderstones Park between 19 – 24 June.

Originally formed in 2007 from the sale of BUPA Hospitals, with the addition of 10 former-Classic hospitals in 2008, Spire’s network of hospitals now numbers 37 and covers the entire country – including one in Liverpool.

This year, the tournament will be spread over six days, comprising two days for youngsters on June 19-20, followed by the four day main tournament event, which organisers hope will generate 25,000 spectators.

Janine Melia, at Spire Hospital Liverpool said, “We’re delighted to be supporting the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament this summer. Spire Hospital’s business is all about looking after people, and we are committed to demonstrating corporate social responsibility across every area of our business – including by contributing to the local communities where we operate.

“Having worked with more than 60,000 youngsters in schools and youth clubs across the region since it began, it’s an event which is also helping to engage young people in sports and healthy living, and we are very proud to be sponsoring such an exceptional event.”

Tournament Director, Anders Borg says: “I’m absolutely delighted that Spire Hospital will be joining us as a sponsor for the first time this year. As one of the region’s premiere healthcare providers, there are naturally synergies between our brands so it’s a great fit for us.

An inevitable consequence of the recent cuts imposed on local authorities means that Liverpool City Council’s financial input to this year’s event will be less, so the involvement of our key corporate sponsors is absolutely vital in terms of bridging the gap and enabling the event to happen this summer.”