Richard Branson – What a year for the Necker Cup – hall of fame tennis legends, current stars, and a wonderful group of amateurs playing our favourite sport in the most perfect setting. It really is tennis paradise.
It’s the eighth year of the Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal, and it must be the best tournament yet. We were honoured to have Rod Laver – one the greatest to ever play tennis – join us to make it extra special.
We also had Martina Navratilova – another undisputed all-time great – along with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Vasek Pospisil, Tommy Haas, Jack Sock, Radek Stepanek, Daniel Nestor, Nick Monroe, Gigi Fernandez, Johan Kriek, Bradley Klahn, Sabine Lisicki , Gaby Dabrowski and Carol Zhao. What a line-up, and what a privilege for us to get to play with and against them.
Martina told us how she saw Rod play when she was eight-years-old and decided to model her game on his – there’s nobody better to choose as a role model. It was superb seeing Rod out on the golf course at the Necker Open, alongside the best British player ever, Nick Faldo. We even got Nick on the tennis court too – more on that soon.
There’s too many highlights to mention from the Necker Cup tennis, but I particularly enjoyed some epic battles with the delightful Sabine Lisicki, who has been out injured but still has the game to match anyone. As Martina pointed out in this video, she needed to practice a slower serve!