The Williams BMW Liverpool International Tennis Tournament is back for 2019
The Williams BMW Liverpool International Tennis Tournament returns to Liverpool Cricket Club this July with a whole new host of talent.
Now in its 18th year and has grown into the longest running and largest tennis exhibition in Europe – featuring ATP and WTA players warming up for Wimbledon in addition to the ever-popular legends of tennis.
Mansour Bahrami of Iran (dual-French citizenship ) will to return to Liverpool for the tournament. Mansour is one of the most important players on the legends circuit and his showmanship has made him a long-standing and popular figure in invitational and official tournaments around the world.
Tournament director Anders Borg said “Its a great boost for us to have Mansour returning to Liverpool. We are in the entertainment business and whilst tennis is a very serious game Mansour has sort of changed the rules a little on the exhibition circuit with his incredible abilities to showcase tennis also as a fun game.”
The International, which takes place on 19th – 23rd June 2019 is all about promoting tennis on a local basis and inviting talent from the region to play in Liverpool . Neal and Ken Skupski of Allerton, Liverpool who started up their international tennis careers at the Liverpool tournament have enjoyed incredible success in recent years on the ATP Doubles circuitand won several ATP events. This year Naomi Broady of Manchester will feature in the women singles event.
Anders added: “Naomi is a former top 100 player from Stockport with several titles to her name. It just proves that, even if you come from a region dominated by soccer, the North West can also develop some very good tennis players such as the Skupskies and Miss Broady and we are here to encourage kids to pick up the great game of tennis as I am sure there are many more talents like Naomi out there.”
Guy Adams, Managing Director of the event sponsors Williams Group, said: “As a North West based family-owned business with a flagship retail centre in Liverpool serving the city and Merseyside, Williams BMW is a long-standing supporter and sponsor of this prestigious tournament. In our 110th year, the status of the title sponsor enhances our commitment to supporting sports throughout the North West and to encourage talents at all levels.”
The two sensational Italian winners from last year , Corrina Dentoni and Alessandro Giannessi will also return to Liverpool to defend their titles, alongside Liverpool International Tennis coach Sam Jelloh of Sierra Leone. Sam is about to release a book called ‘How Tennis Saved My Life’, which documents his rise from the slums in one of the poorest countries in the world to becoming a prominent tennis coach.
Ambassadors & Charities
Ambassadors for this year’s event include Emma Carey of Liverpool law firm MSB Solicitors, LFC Legend and twice European Cup Winner Alan Kennedy, and Billy Addy – the chief executive of the Liverpool BID company.
A number of charities will also benefit from this year’s event, including R Charity which raises funds for Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals and Leadership through Sport & Business which helps support disadvantaged young people.