All you need to know about Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s preparatory event for Wimbledon 2022

All you need to know about Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s preparatory event for Wimbledon 2022


The Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic is a grass-court exhibition event held at the Hurlingham Club in London in the week before the Wimbledon Championships. It was first held in 1994 and was known as the Aspall Tennis Classic. Giorgio Armani took over as the title sponsor from BNP Paribas in 2022.

Established in 1869, the Hurlingham Club is spread across 42 acres of land in Fulham. Apart from the tennis tournament, it is also home to the Wimbledon Ball. The event is a notable feature on the ATP Champions Tour, where tennis professionals compete.

Though the tournament is not officially a part of the ATP or the WTA Tour, which means no ranking points are awarded to the participants, the event has seen the participation of multiple Slam champions over the years.

While Wimbledon sees players dressed in all-white, the dress code for the Hurlingham Tennis Classic is called ‘summer chic.’

It draws many similarities to Wimbledon in terms of premier hospitality, presence of celebrities, elite facilities and high quality tennis. The presence of perennial rye grass at Hurlingham makes it an ideal tune-up to the grass-court Slam.

2022 Hurlingham Tennis Classic: Format and participants

A general view of the Hurlingham Club

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In an exhibition mixed doubles event, former WTA players Laura Robson and Daniela Hantuchova will join the legends week. Crowd favorite Mansour Bahrami will make yet another appearance at SW6.

Wimbledon begins on June 27, with the ladies’ and gentlemen’s finals scheduled for July 9 and 10, respectively.


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