(BVI PLATINUM) – American professional tennis player Serena Williams, who the Women’s Tennis Association ranked number one in singles on eight occasions between 2002 and 2017, will be participating in the Manuka Doctor Necker Cup and Necker Open, slated to take place November 24-29 on Necker Island.
It was announced that the competition will be a fun event that will see 16 ATP/WTA Tour Players/Legends teaming up with 16 amateur players of varying levels.
In explaining how the exciting tournaments will be scored, the organizers stated that they have adopted a “handicapped scoring format” which is aimed at ensuring that each player has a winning chance.
The organizer further explained that the teams will compete to win their bracket and earn a chance to play in the Necker Cup Finals, to be held on November 28.
BVI resident Sir Richard Branson, who is hosting the event, said that he is excited that Williams will be playing in this world renowned pro-am tennis tournament.
“The legendary Serena Williams is coming out for her inaugural Necker Cup experience. She is one of the best athletes of all time and we all have so much admiration for her. She has had an incredible year with the addition of her beautiful baby girl, her marriage and her return to tennis – we’re looking forward to celebrating these milestones with her in November,” Sir Branson said.
Meanwhile, the Necker Island owner announced that he is eyeing the coveted Necker Cup and is hoping to win this year. He announced this week, “I enjoy watching tennis as well, taking mental notes from the greats and incorporating their tips into my own game. The coveted Necker Cup Trophy has eluded me for the past six years, and I am hoping 2018 is my year. I was so close in 2017, falling at the last hurdle as the delightful Tommy Haas and Maryanne Mckenzie won the final.”
Sir Branson also expressed appreciation that the event has returned to Necker Island.
“Along with me, the organisers Premier Live and Mehow are very excited to bring these wonderful events back to their home and look forward to sharing the progress of the British Virgin Island’s rebuilding efforts and raising more funds with our friends and fellow tennis enthusiasts.”
Williams is not the only big named tennis professional heading to Necker Island this year, as Sir Branson disclosed that Danish professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki will be returning for her second Necker Cup event.
“In the spirit of amazing athletes, I can’t wait to welcome Caroline Wozniacki back to Necker for her second year. She joined us in 2016 and was so much fun. Caroline has been playing some brilliant tennis, won the Australian Open and is currently ranked two in the world. As Wimbledon gets started, I will be watching each of these athletes compete for my favourite grand slam. Good luck to you both and come November, maybe you can help me with my title quest,” Branson said.
In addition to the tennis event, it was noted that the tennis players will enjoy activities such as paddle boarding, Pilates, sailing, kite boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, massage therapy, parties and more. The participants are also expected to participate in a Charity Dinner and Auction.