Legends set to serve up a Father’s Day treat on centre court

Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis

As if there isn’t enough on offer at the AEGON International this year, four tennis legends will also be heading to Eastbourne to take part in a special Father’s Day exhibition match.

Wimbledon champions Martina Hingis and Conchita Martinez will be joined by former British number one Greg Rusedski and US Open finalist Mark Philippoussis on the Devonshire Park courts this year.

It will be the first time Hingis, Rusedski and Philippoussis will have played at the south-east seaside resort and they are all eager to get game time on some of the best grass courts in the country.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Hingis retired in 2007 but will make a welcome return to the courts against the runner-up in 2003’s Eastbourne International, Conchita Martinez.

The Swiss former world number one said, “ I have special memories of playing on the grass from my career and I’m looking forward to playing on the Devonshire Park courts.”

The women will take part in a mixed doubles match with Canadian-born US Open finalist Rusedski and Australian Philippoussis after they’ve locked horns in a men’s singles match first.

Thee matches will take place on Sunday, 17 June – the second day of the AEGON International tournament.