Here's a bit of fun: Some of the greatest names in tennis history will take centre court in Australia when the ATP Champions Tour hits Sydney for the first time this month, for the inaugural Champions Downunder event.
With a combined total of 18 grand slam titles between them, John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Goran Ivanisevic, and Australia's own two Pat's, Rafter and Cash, are all making an appearance. Held at Sydney Olympic Park from November 11-14, the tournament will feature classic rematches of former Grand Slam tussles, in a party-like atmosphere never before seen at tennis in Australia.
What makes this competition different? To be eligible to compete on the ATP Champions Tour, players must have been either a World No. 1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team; and they should have retired from the ATP circuit. The event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.
The round robin tournament splits players into two groups over the first three days, with a finals day on Sunday featuring all eight players in action, with the winner of each group playing for the Champions Downunder - Sydney title. Players will be vying for vital points to be crowned year end champion at London’s Royal Albert Hall in December.
The event is taking place at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, home to the Medibank International each year, and this Champions Downunder event will pre-empt Australia's Summer of Tennis, culminating in the Australian Open in Melbourne.
For tickets, head to Ticketek. Weekend matches will be covered by Foxsports in Australia.
I'll be at the Champions Downunder event, making venue announcements and doing some MC work as well.
See you there.