Rolls-Royce – Tennis Classic at The Royal Albert Hall

As only the luxury inspired marketing mavens at Goodwood could do, Rolls-Royce secured one of the highly-coveted sponsorships for the Tennis Classic held at The Royal Albert Hall, from Thursday the 30th of November, until Sunday, the 3rd of December.

The one-of-a-kind sporting fête featured a number of tennis legends including French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero, two-time US Open winner Pat Rafter, former World No.1 Marat Safin, 1984 Roland-Garros Doubles champion and current Celebrity MasterChef semi-finalist Henri Leconte, and—of course—British fan-favourite, Tim Henman.

In addition to the event being a fantastic opportunity for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London to entertain a bevy of clients during the busy Christmas season, The Classic also doubled as a wonderful opportunity for the brand to showcase some of its finest carriages by chauffeuring players throughout the tournament.

Each day of the event featured two sessions of tennis—one in the afternoon, and in the evening—with the complete playing schedule as follows:


1:30pm – 4:30pm

Malisse v Rafter

Leconte/Rusedski v Ferreira/Santoro



7:30pm – 10:30pm

Ferrero v Philippoussis

Bahrami/Safin v Pernfors/Rusedski



1:30pm – 4:30pm

Philippoussis v Santoro

Ferrero/Leconte v Ferreira/Rafter


7:30pm – 10:30pm

Malisse v Safin

Bahrami/Santoro v Pernfors/Rusedski



1pm – 4pm

Ferrero v Santoro

Bahrami/Ferreira v Philippoussis/Pernfors



6pm – 9pm

Rafter v Safin

Leconte/Rusedski v Ferriera/Malisse



12pm – 3pm

ATP Champions Tour 3rd v 4th Playoff

Ferreira/Leconte v Pernfors/ (3rd Group B)



5pm – 8pm

ATP Champions Tour Final

Bahrami/ (3rd Group A) v Pernfors/Rusedski

Though less competitive than other events on the ATP Tour, The Tennis Classic at The Royal Albert Hall has been accepted with open arms by tennis greats for its uniqueness and outright entertainment value.

As described by the great Pat Rafter, “I always look forward to playing in London…there is no court quite like The Royal Albert Hall, [and it] has become a real highlight in the calendar for me.”