FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2016 NECKER CUP CELEBRITY PRO-AM TO COMMENCE IN SUPPORT OF CHARITY
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO JOIN SIR RICHARD BRANSON ON HIS PRIVATE NECKER ISLAND, ALONGSIDE SUPERSTAR PROS INCLUDING, STEFAN EDBERG, CAROLINE WOZNIACKI, FABIO FOGNINI, ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV, VIKTOR TROICKI, FLAVIA PENNETTA AND DANIELA HANTUCHOVÀ, GRAMMY NOMINEE ROBIN THICKE TO PERFORM
Los Angeles, CA – October 14, 2016, – The 5th Annual Necker Cup Pro-Am will take place November 14th through November 19th, 2016, on Sir Richard Branson’s private Necker Island, located in the British Virgin Islands. The six-day event, which has aptly been called “The World’s Most Exclusive Tennis Pro-Am,” pairs 16 ATP/WTA Tour players and legends with 16 amateur teams in an effort to raise money for several notable charities. Not only a once in a lifetime experience, this unique event has helped raise more than $3 million for worthy causes across the globe while giving countless amateur tennis players the opportunity to play alongside their tennis idols.
Tennis pros already confirmed for 2016 include Former World No.1 Stefan Edberg, Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, World No.38 Fabio Fognini, Former World No.4 Todd Martin and 2015 U.S Open Champion Flavia Pennetta, with additions still being made. Previous pros at the Necker Cup have included recognizable names such as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Boris Becker, Tracy Austin, Brad Gilbert, Johan Kriek, David Nalbandian, Martina Navratilova, John Peers and Donald Young.
Away from the tennis courts, participants can enjoy all that Necker Island has to offer; from paddle boarding, sailboat races, kite boarding (Sir Richard’s favorite), wake boarding and snorkeling to relaxing spa treatments.
The week culminates with the now infamous “End of the World” party where participants join Sir Richard himself for an intimate charity gala dinner which will include an auction and concert. This year, singer/songwriter Robin Thicke headlines the evening bringing added star power to this incredible night. The sensational “Blurred Lines” singer and four-time Grammy nominee will close off the week with a private show sure to bring the house down.
Amateurs of all levels are encouraged to join the star-studded 5-night/6-day all-inclusive bash. Starting at $115,000 per couple, packages include accommodation on Necker Island in either the Bali Houses or in Sir Richard’s Great House, use of Necker Island amenities, entries into the Charity Exhibition, Dinner, Auction and “End of the World” Party.
The Necker Cup directly benefits several non-profits including Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation and specially chosen player charities. Planning for the silent auction is underway with new experiences being added through November. Worldwide bidding is open to all through an online component, which will go live soon.
Running simultaneously with the Necker Cup is the 2016 Legends Camp. Renowned coaches Wayne Bryan, father and former coach of World #1 Doubles Champions Mike & Bob Bryan, and Murphy Jensen, former French Open doubles champion, will once again lead participants through this 4-day program designed to improve their game while having the rare opportunity to experience coaching at a professional level. Hosted at the beautiful Oil Nut Bay, with accommodations at the Bitter End Yacht Club, guests this year also have the opportunity to spend their final evening on Necker Island at the “End of the World Party” with those participating in the Necker Cup. Only seven minutes by boat from Sir Richard’s island, Oil Nut Bay & the Bitter End Yacht Club have become destinations in their own right boasting spectacular views, pristine beaches and a chic but relaxed atmosphere. Prices start at $16,000 per couple.
For more information on attending, sponsoring or donating to the Necker Cup, please visit the website at: www.neckercup.com. More information on this experience can also be viewed through Premier Tennis Group’s website www.premiertennis.com and of course tempting photos and descriptions of Necker Island can be seen via www.neckerisland.com.
About Necker Cup 2016
Sir Richard Branson, in conjunction with Premier Tennis Group, will host a four-day World-Class Pro-Am Tennis Event on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands November 14th November 19th, 2016. Sir Richard will join current and former ATP and WTA legends to pair up with amateur teams of all levels. A handicapped scoring format will be used making it competitive tennis for all tennis levels. Teams consist of one pro and up to two amateurs. Teams compete to win their bracket and earn a chance to play in the Necker Cup Final.
As well as the tennis, participants can engage in typical Necker Island activities including paddle boarding, Pilates, sailing, kite surfing, wake boarding, snorkeling, massage therapy, beach tennis, parties and more. On the final night, the “End of the World Party” will take place and will include an exhibition tennis match, a charity gala dinner and auction. A portion of event profits and auction proceeds will go to Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation and other leading ATP and WTA player 501(c) (3) charities. Please visit www.neckercup.com for more information.
About Necker Island
Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s home and favorite hideaway situated in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning and unspoiled area of the Caribbean. At 74 acres, Necker sits in turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs and fringed with beautiful white sandy beaches. The island is normally hired exclusively for up to 34 guests sharing 17 bedrooms on an all- inclusive basis. It can also be shared with others during Celebration Weeks; these are held several times each year and allow guests to book individual rooms as opposed to hiring the entire island.. Necker Island is part of Virgin Limited Edition, an award-winning collection of unique hotels and retreats. www.neckerisland.com
About Premier Tennis (PTT)
Premier Tennis is luxury travel and events group based in Atlanta, Ga., that combines the world’s most exclusive resort and hotel destinations with the biggest and most recognizable ATP/WTA players, to create unique tennis travel experiences for its clients. PTT also provides custom travel packages to the world’s top tennis tournaments. Trips in 2013 included the Australian Open, BNP Paribas, Sony Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. For more information visit www.Premiertennistravel.com , email [email protected] or call 800.376.0975.
About Premier Tennis
Premier Tennis is a luxury travel and events group based in Atlanta, Georgia, that combines the world’s most exclusive resort and hotel destinations with the biggest and most recognizable ATP/WTA players, to create unique tennis travel experiences for its clients. Premier Tennis also provides custom travel packages to the world’s top tennis tournaments. For more information visit www.premiertennis.com email [email protected] or call 800.376.0975.
About National Tennis Foundation
The National Tennis Foundation (NTF) is a nationally recognized 501(c) (3) charitable organization that has become a leading advocate for exceptional student athletes regardless of race or economic means. The NTF strives to provide scholarships to student athletes who seek annual, full, or part-time training programs that foster excellence in tennis and academics. For more information, visit http://www.nationaltennisfoundation.org/
Jennifer Degtjarewsky, Media Director