What a week we’ve had at the Necker Cup, welcoming some the world’s greatest players and a delightful bunch of amateurs to the most unique tennis tournament on the planet.
I got some pre-tournament practice in, first with Maria Sharapova and then with Bjorn Borg, who was an incredible last-minute addition to our Necker Cup line-up. So I was feeling confident about finally lifting the trophy. But, really, it’s all just a chance to have a lot of laughs, enjoy some quality tennis and most importantly raise some funds for good causes.
For the tennis pros, it’s also a chance to relax after a long, hard season. So while we played plenty of matches, you could just as likely see Caroline Wozniacki, Mike Bryan and co meeting the lemurs, sailboat racing or chilling by the pool as hitting backhands.
Having said that, everybody is competitive and there was some great action on the Necker Island and Moskito courts. I got close to beating Bjorn Borg in our first match-up but choked near the end. It was a great pleasure to get the better of him the next day with my partner Eugenie Bouchard. I also had some fun cutting off Tommy Haas’ booming forehand with a cheeky volley, and rescuing an on-court butterfly with Pat Cash. Does that ever happen at Wimbledon?!
As for the tournament, yours truly and the delightful Kurt Long were the amateurs who made it through to the final, alongside pros Mike Bryan and Daniel Nestor, two of the best doubles players of all time. With an astonishing 33 Grand Slam doubles titles between them, no wonder they were there at the end!
But before the final we were treated to a couple of fabulous exhibition matches. First Bjorn Borg joined 15-year-old Leo Borg - an amazing tennis talent- for a father-son pairing, up against the great Tommy Haas and Pat Cash. What a match - more on that soon.
As for the final? I teamed up with Daniel Nestor. The world number one Mike Bryan was on the other side of the net. It was a fantastic match-up, with twists and turns. I got nervous on my serve, but was solid at the net. And, I’m delighted to say – we finally won! Cue chasing Mike with a champagne bottle, almost losing my shorts and some wild celebrations.
Later on, legendary country star Kenny Chesney treated us to a barnstorming set at the annual End Of The World party - along with DJ Mehow of course! We danced the night away and also managed to raise a lot of money for good causes including Virgin Unite and The National Tennis Foundation - we’ll share more on that soon too. Thank you so much for your generosity everyone who joined in the fun.