Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov will join Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray at this year’s BNP Paribas Tennis Classic to warm-up for Wimbledon.
Taking place at The Hurlingham Club, London between 17–20 June, the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic is one of the most intimate tennis events in the social calendar and the perfect warm-up for Wimbledon.
Nicknamed ‘Baby Federer’, Dimitrov, the youngest player ranked inside the world’s top 20, said: “This will be my first time playing at the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic. I have heard so many great things about the Club and the beautiful setting, so I can’t wait to play there.”
Dimitrov took home his third ATP World Tour title last week, winning the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, his second trophy of the season.
Nishikori has had a great start to the 2014 season, reaching the semi-finals of the Sony Open Tennis, defeating David Ferrer and Roger Federer on the way. He is currently No.6 in the race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London at the end of the year.
Nishikori, who won last week’s Barcelona Open BancSabadell in straight sets said: "I loved playing at the Hurlingham Club last year, the atmosphere is very special. Walking past the fans as you go on court is a great feeling and I can’t wait to get back.”
Both players will be joined at the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic by a world-class line-up of tennis legends including: Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Philippoussis, Pat Cash and crowd pleaser Mansour Bahrami, who will all play throughout the week, with more top current players to be announced.
Owned and managed by IMG, the global sports, fashion and media company, the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic takes place at the height of the summer tennis season, and is the perfect warm-up for Wimbledon.
Set in the tranquil 42 acre grounds of one of the most renowned members’ clubs in the country - The Hurlingham Club - the event showcases some of the current stars of today as they warm up for Wimbledon, as well as a number of tennis legends.
In escaping the crowds, the tournament gives spectators the opportunity to combine unforgettable tennis with first-rate hospitality experiences. Matches take place on Centre Court, which seats an intimate crowd of 600, tennis players mingle with guests off court and there’s also the opportunity to play tennis with the professionals in the PRO-AMs.