Happy Birthday to Boodles
Nalbandian, Baghdatis, Ferrer, Monfils, Querrey and Troicki head up stellar field at Stoke Park
The Boodles will celebrate its 10th birthday with some of the biggest names in tennis after former grand slam finalists David Nalbandian and Marcos Baghdatis both confirmed their entries to the summer’s most exclusive tennis event. This year’s Australian Open semi-finalist David Ferrer, entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils, giant-serving American Sam Querrey and Davis Cup winner Viktor Troicki will also warm up for Wimbledon on the lush lawn courts of Stoke Park from 14th-18th June.
“The Boodles is all about world class players and world class hospitality but we’re really pushing the boat out this year,” said Tournament Director and Founder Patricio Apey. “Those six guys have reached the pinnacle of our sport and the exciting thing is that there are more big names to come. That’s why we’re convinced that our 10th anniversary is going to be the best Boodles yet.”
The Argentine was runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2002 and has been ranked as high as three in the ATP Rankings. This Boodles favourite will be making his eighth appearance at Stoke Park – more than any other player.
Widely regarded as one of the most flamboyant and entertaining players on the tour, Baghdatis was a finalist at the 2006 Australian Open and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals the same year. The Cypriot will be playing at The Boodles for the second time in his career.
Ferrer was a semi-finalist at this year’s Australian Open before losing to Andy Murray and has an impressive record on all surfaces, thanks to his legendary retrieving and natural athleticism. Those enviable skills are why he has been ranked as high as No.4 in the world.
The exuberant Frenchman is a crowd favourite wherever he plays. He boasts a career high ranking of No.7 and has established himself inside the world’s top ten. He was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2008 but his results suggest that he is a danger on any surface.
The 6’ 6’’ American owns one of the biggest serves in the men’s game and is enjoying his most successful year on the tour to date after reaching a career high ranking of 17 in January. That followed an outstanding 2010 season, which saw him win four titles, three on different surfaces.
As well as being a rising star on the ATP Tour (ranked 17 at time of writing), Troicki made history for his native Serbia when he earned his team the winning point in last year’s Davis Cup final. Troicki is making his Boodles debut this year.
The Boodles Experience:
Held in the beautiful grounds of Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, The Boodles has become one of the highlights of the summer social circuit thanks to its luxurious surroundings, sumptuous hospitality and an opportunity to get so close to the tennis action that no seat more than four feet from the court.