From Wimbledon to the Necker Cup 2019

It’s been a great year of tennis grand slams so far and I’m looking forward to watching the action from SW19 this coming fortnight. I love many tennis events, but Wimbledon has such a unique history and I’ve been fortunate enough to see some of the game’s greats play on Centre Court over the years.

Holly and Richard Branson at Wimbledon 2014

In 2018 I got to see past Necker Cup pros Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on fine form at Wimbledon. Having won the Australian Open and the French Open between them this year already, I’m sure they’ll be in the running in London.

It was great to see the recent No.1 Court Celebration, which included so many of our past Necker Cup pros: Martina Navratilova, Jamie Murray, Pat Cash, Kim Clijsters and John McEnroe. It has been a pleasure getting to know them and competing with and against them on the Necker Cup court. It’s light-hearted and fun, but I pick up as many tips as I can while we play.

Court side celebration Necker Cup 2018

This year, I am looking forward to welcoming the legendary Rod Laver to the Necker Cup from December 4th to 9th, while he is celebrating his 50th seasonal grand slam win from 1969. I can’t wait to hit a few balls with him, spend some time chatting over his accomplishments and enjoy time with guests and our other amazing pros.

2019 is shaping up to be a classic, as joining Laver will be some wonderful returning Necker Cup pros - Caroline Wozniacki, Pat Cash, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil and Johan Kriek. And it will be fun to get to know first time Necker Cuppro Gigi Fernandez, who will be with Wayne Bryan and the Legends Tennis Camp guests. As if you can’t already tell, I am more than ready to get back out there and try to defend the trophy.

Necker Cup 2018

But we can’t just have great tennis; we want great golf and music too. I am looking forward to hitting a few golf balls with Sir Nick Faldo on the private Nail Bay Golf Course during our Manuka Doctor Necker Open presented by Metal, which runs concurrently to Necker Cup. What a thrill to have one of golf’s all-time greats on the course - perhaps I can convince him to join us on the tennis court too…

Manuka Doctor Necker Open 2018

The likes of Kenny Chesney, Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Buffett, Jewel and Sean Paul have performed at past Necker Cup and Necker Opens, so the bar is high for our musical guests. This year Florida Georgia Line will be among the artists performing live on the Necker Island beach. I can’t wait to sit back, relax and enjoy some magical music.

Richard Branson jamming with Kenny Chesney

Of course, all the fun is in aid of some wonderful causes. We end the 2019 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal with a special charity dinner and auction, with all funds raised going to Virgin Unite and the National Tennis Foundation. We would love you to join us. Head over to the Necker Cup to find out more.


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