Reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has been announced as the latest player to join the line-up at this year’s
Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament.
The feisty Frenchwoman, who is as known off the court as
she is on both for her fashion sense and wide ranging interests, will join Greg
Rusedski and Virginia Wade to headline the tournament in June at the Liverpool
Bartoli, who is renowned for her unusual playing style, beat
German Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the 2013 Wimbledon final – a victory that saw
her rise to number seven in the world and become only the sixth player in the
Open era to win a Wimbledon title without dropping a set.
The 29-year-old’s relatively short career has also seen
her reach the final at the 2011 French Open, and earn seven Women’s Tennis
Association singles wins, defeating three reigning world number one players. Among
the opponents she has defeated are Venus and Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport
and Caroline Wozniacki.
“I am extremely
excited to be part of this year’s impressive line-up at the Liverpool Hope
University International Tennis Tournament ,” said Marion. “I am a big football
fan so I am excited about visiting Liverpool for the first time and meeting
some true Liverpudlians – hopefully I will have time to visit Anfield and
“The event has
a great reputation and I am excited to be a part of it this year and to be back
playing on grass.”
The Liverpool Hope University International Tennis
Festival has thrived since 2002 and is now Europe’s largest tennis exhibition.
This year Bartoli and her rival competitors will compete in a purpose built
centre court stadium at LCC in Aigburth.
Tournament Director Anders Borg says: “We have been
fortunate to boast some fantastic players in the past, but this year’s line-up is
the best yet. It is the first time that a current Wimbledon champion has been involved
with the tournament and we couldn’t be happier to have been able to bring
Marion to this year’s event.
“It is fitting that this should happen this year, as our
partnership with the International Festival for Business looks set to attract
new and diverse audiences to the tournament. The standard of the players
involved in the 2014 festival will really put us on the map with tennis fans.”
The tournament, sponsored by Liverpool City Council and
Liverpool Hope University, is currently in its 13th year and has
become one of the most popular sporting events in the North West. The 2014 tournament
is expected to attract a record-breaking number of spectators.
For more information on the event, ticket prices and
sponsorship opportunities, please visit: www.liverpooltennis.co.uk or call 0151 227 5940