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A closer look at Tennis Hospitality

Tennis Hospitality - Wimbledon 2021

Tennis Hospitality

The United Kingdom has an incredible association with tennis, including hosting the first ever Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon in 1877 and one of the oldest tournaments in the world at Queen’s in West Kensington. Tennis hospitality in the UK is of the highest quality and we can’t wait to host new and existing clients in 2021.

History of Tennis

Known as ‘jeu de paume’ the first variation of tennis dates back to the 11th century where players used their hand to hit the ball rather than a racquet. Using a racquet materialised in the 16th century, which coincided with a lot of the rules of tennis that we know today including the scoring system. The name tennis was derived from the French word ‘Tenez!’, meaning to hold or receive, which was shouted at players before they were serving to alert their opponent to be ready. The game continued to grow rapidly in popularity before the first official tournament was held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club (AEC & LTC) in Wimbledon, London in 1877.

Major Competitions

There are three major tennis organisations that organise the annual tennis calendar. The ATP and WTA will host the majority of the men’s and women’s tournaments around the world including the Fever Tree Championships in England but it’s the ITF that have the honour of representing the four grand slam tournaments.

Typically, the Australian Open will be the first grand slam of the year, held in January at the height of the Australian summer. Melbourne in recent years has been the location of the event, but in the past it has been held in Brisbane, Sydney and even over in New Zealand. The second and third grand slams take place in Europe as Paris hosts the only major on clay at Roland Garros, whilst the prestigious Wimbledon, the oldest tournament in world tennis is the venue for the UK major.  The Championships, Wimbledon boasts the only grand slam to use grass courts which is the fastest surface of the entire year. Finally the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York wraps up the major tournaments in late August. Very few players are able to win all four tournaments in one season called the ‘Grand Slam’ but some have come close like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal who featured in our Top 20 sports stars of the 21st century.

British Tennis

The United Kingdom historically has always been associated with tennis and classy tennis hospitality with Wimbledon showcasing the most iconic tournament in the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we hold a long list of singles Grand Slam legends, especially in the post-war era. The women’s game have had success in the 60’s and 70’s with Ann Haydon, Virginia Wade and Sue Barker picking up 7 Grand Slam’s between them. However, since the 1977 Wimbledon triumph by Wade, there’s been no joy on the big stages. The wait for a men’s singles British Grand Slam champion in recent times was even longer with Fred Perry’s dominance in the 1930’s the last successful period to admire. Scotland’s Andy Murray made history when he finally secured the US Open title in 2012 before his memorable Wimbledon triumph in 2013 against Novak Djokovic. Both moments when people will forever ask ‘where were you when…’.

The Championships, Wimbledon

Wimbledon tickets and hospitality are highly sought after as thousands flock to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to see history being made. We offer packages in the Rosewater Pavilion, Lawn Hospitality area and the Skyview Suites.

The Rosewater Pavilion, provided by the AELTC’s Official Hospitality Provider, perfectly complements an unforgettable day at The Championships. Relax in style and enjoy an à la carte menu before taking your seats for some world class tennis. Typically the Rosewater Pavilion opens at 10:30, closes at 7pm and the package that we offer to customers includes:

  • Exclusive official hospitality facility within the grounds
  • Official prime viewing match ticket on Centre Court
  • Canapés reception
  • Four course à la carte menu using premium, British sourced ingredients
  • Complimentary bar including chilled Champagne throughout the day
  • Enhanced afternoon tea with paired cocktails
  • Strawberries and cream & cheese course
  • Exclusive outdoor terrace with uninterrupted views towards Centre Court
  • On-court comfort pack & bottled water to take to your seats
  • VIP hostess & concierge service

It’s an incredible day out and with 13 days of play, there are plenty of opportunities to see the best players in the world in action. All the dates will change slightly year on year, but the format is typically structured like the following:

  • Mon 28 Jun – First Round
  • Tues 29 Jun – First Round
  • Wed 30 Jan – Second Round
  • Thu 1 Jul – Second Round
  • Fri 2 Jul – Third Round
  • Sat 3 Jul – Third Round
  • Sun 4 Jul – No Play
  • Mon 5 Jul – Round of 16
  • Tue 6 Jul – Quarterfinals
  • Wed 7 Jul – Quarterfinals
  • Thu 8 Jul – Ladies’ semifinals
  • Fri 9 Jul – Gentlemen’s semifinals
  • Sat 10 Jul – Ladies’ Final
  • Sun 11 Jul – Gentlemen’s final

If you’re looking to go to Wimbledon in a premium tennis hospitality setting then we advise you to get in touch as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Call us on 0207 048 4848 to discuss Wimbledon hospitality.

The Fever-Tree Championships, Queens

Used as a warm up tournament for Wimbledon, the Fever-Tree Championships is a week long grass event ran by the ATP situated at the Queen’s club in West Kensington. It give’s the players a fantastic chance to get used to the speed and unpredictability of the British grass courts and attracts a host of big names, including Andy Murray regularly. We have the privilege of offering official hospitality packages for all 7 days of the Championship, whether in the spectacular Roof Garden or the pleasantly stylish Love Fifteen restaurant within the grounds.

Summary

Although Wimbledon and Queens are our major UK tournaments, there are lots of opportunities around the world to see high class tennis including the ATP Nitto Finals that has moved to Torino in 2021 following on from a 12 year stint at the O2 in London. Please give us a call on 0702 048 4848 if there is a specific tournament around the world that you may be interested in and we will do our best to accommodate you. Good luck to all of the British players playing in the Australian Open in February, including Andy Murray who has received a wildcard after dropping out of the rankings due to injury.

While we sell official hospitality to The Championships, we are not an authorised hospitality provider to the AELTC or The Championships, we are an authorised re-seller of the Official Exclusive Hospitality Provider to The Championships.

Wimbledon Authorised Reseller

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2018: A once-in-a-lifetime Wimbledon?

                                                                         

As anyone who left it even slightly late to find tickets for this summer’s Wimbledon will have realised, tennis is enjoying a truly golden period.  With four all-time greats still competing at the very top of the game, fans have wised-up to the prosepct of witnessing history unfold and, consequently, matches are selling out earlier and earlier.

If Roger Federer winning his 8th Wimbledon and 19th Grand Slam made 2017 a vintage year, then his quest for yet another title and the return of Serena Williams will further enhance expectations that 2018 could be an all-time classic.

Williams, Grand Slam tennis’ most successful ever player,  missed this year’s grass court showpiece due to the impending arrival of her first child.  She is, however, expected to be back at SW19 next time around, where she’ll be looking for her 8th Wimbledon title and, assuming she doesn’t win any more in the meantime, an incredible 24th Grand Slam.

Though it’s generally agreed that Williams and Federer are the game’s two best ever players, they will both be 36 by next summer and Rafa Nadal (31) and Novak Djokovic (30) could well surpass their achievements in the coming years.

Despite suffering a slump in form this season, if only by his own high standards, Novak can still produce scintillating tennis on any surface and it would be a brave soul indeed who would bet against him winning more Slams.

Rafa’s hold on the French Open is so strong that injuries alone seem capable of limiting his trophy collection to the record-breaking 10 he already has and he can still beat anyone on his day on hard courts and grass.

Regardless, when Rafa’s 15 Grand Slams and Novak’s 12 are added to the mix, you have four players boasting 69 Grand Slam titles between them, with two to play for before Wimbledon again opens its gates.

When any one of the fab four retire, it could be a lifetime before British tennis fans have the chance to see such a stellar line-up of greats on home soil (and we’ve not even mentioned the additional and equally rare attraction of Andy Murray, a two-time champion and home favourite).

If you have ever wanted to see live tennis, surely now is the time.

Enagage have exclusive VIP Show Court packages available for all rounds of Wimbledon 2018.

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Summer 2017 Promising Vintage Entertainment

Summer

There are few pleasures in life quite like a lazy summer’s afternoon spent watching sport with a glass of something cold in one’s hand. With that most agreeable of seasons almost upon us, we’ve picked some historic, quintessentially English sporting events that not only provide the most luxurious surroundings but some serious, world-class competition.

Royal Ascot: 20th June – 24th June

Royal Ascot

Not to be confused with several other meets held annually at the course, Royal Ascot is the 5-day, mid-June event, widely considered as the jewel of the British racing calendar.

Do not make the mistake of thinking it’s as much about hats as horses; each day sees the cream of flat-racing talent fight it out for some of the biggest prizes in the sport.

Dating back to 1711, Royal Ascot has all the traditions, pomp and circumstance you would expect of a royal racing event. With unrivalled hospitality facilities in which to mingle with the good and great of the British racing scene, the meet offers a truly unique sporting and social experience for you and your friends or clients.

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lords:
6th July – 10th July

Investec test

England’s limited-overs stars might enjoy the limelight for the first half of the summer, but July 6th will see the start of the business end of the season as the test match heavyweights fight their first battle of the series at Lord’s.

South Africa and England, the third and fourth ranked test sides, respectively, each boast proven world-class performers in both the batting and bowling departments. Whichever side prevails in what will doubtless be a thrillingly close contest will be well positioned to challenge India and Australia at the of the top test tree.

There is no better place to set the scene for the series than the home of cricket, so don’t miss your opportunity to join us at Lord’s.

July 6th – 10th: 1st Investec Test, Lord’s

July 14th – 18th: 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

July 27th – 31st: 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Aug 4th – 8th: 4th Investec Test, Emirates Old Trafford

Henley Royal Regatta: 28th June – 2nd July

Henley Royal Regatta

Established in 1839, ‘The Royal’, as it’s often referred to by those in the know, is arguably the most prestigious rowing event in the world.

The location and rich history combine with an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate set of fans to create an atmosphere that many successful Olympic rowers have described as the best they ever experienced.

Held over a 2,310-yard course on the Thames, Henley attracts the very best school, university and club crews, who compete head-to-head in a knockout format.

Much like The Boat Race, crews get far more ‘up close and personal’ than in laned events, guaranteeing some real drama. Crews are assigned to row on either the ‘Bucks’ (Buckinghamshire) or ‘Berks’ (Berkshire) side of the course, but, beyond that, they can pick their own line.

Crews row in Eights, Fours or Pairs, with categories for Sculls (where rowers use pairs of oars instead of one each), Coxed and Coxless events. Racing runs from 8.30am to 7.30pm each day, with up to 90 heats per day, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to toast winning boats.

Wimbledon, The Championships 2017:
Monday 3rd July – Sunday 16th July

Wimbledon

Men’s tennis in particular is enjoying a long-lasting purple patch and there seems little sign of it ending. With a home-grown current world no. 1 as the defending champion and three of the greatest ever players all in contention, Wimbledon 2017 is shaping up to be an all-time classic.

Andy Murray will be defending his position as world number one as well as the title he won last year for a second time. Novak Djokovic could seal his fourth Wimbledon win and thirteenth Grand Slam title and the in-form Stan Wawrinka could complete a career Grand Slam, having won each of the other three big tournaments once.

The tournament line-up will be completed by the resurgent Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, winners of eighteen and fourteen Grand Slam singles titles each, including seven and two Wimbledon crowns.

With new courts and upgraded, first-class hospitality facilities, Wimbledon 2017 is the definition of unmissable.

Engage have a selection of fantastic packages for all the above events.  Click here to read more or get in touch to see how we can help you to experience better.