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Heather Watson to headline ‘Ladies night’ at The Royal Albert Hall

Added on: October 16, 2012


Heather Watson to headline ‘Ladies night’ at The Royal Albert Hall

The new British No.1 Heather Watson is to headline ‘Ladies Night’ at the Statoil Masters Tennis in an all-star mixed doubles match at the Royal Albert Hall.

Watson, who became the first British woman to win a WTA singles title in 24 years when she lifted the Japan Open title in Osaka on Sunday, will partner Tim Henman against Anne Keothavong and Mark Philippoussis. The match will take place on ‘Ladies Night’ – Thursday 6th December.

‘I am so excited to have the chance to play at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, particularly as it will be Ladies Night at the Statoil Masters Tennis, and Statoil are one of my personal sponsors,” said Watson. “I’ll be partnering Tim Henman in the mixed doubles whom I watched a lot as kid so I can’t wait to play.’

This will be the last chance of the year for British tennis fans to see Statoil-sponsored Watson in action, and her first opportunity to play mixed doubles with former British No.1 Henman.

She will go into 2013 ranked as one of the Top 50 British players after defeating Chang Kai-cheng of Taiwan 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 in the Japan Open final. The last British woman to win a WTA singles title was Sara Gomer in 1988.

Watson joins a line-up of stars at the traditional pre-Christmas event at the Royal Albert Hall which includes John McEnroe, Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte, Carlos Moya, Mats Wilander and Mansour Bahrami, as well as Henman and Philippoussis.

On Saturday night, the Royal Albert Hall will be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland for the Winter Whites Gala, featuring some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment and in the presence of Special Guests of Honour. The Winter Whites Gala will be held on behalf of Centrepoint, Prince William’s Patron Charity, which helps homeless young people.

Tickets to the Statoil Masters Tennis in the Royal Albert Hall are now available, with prices from £17.50 per person – Alternatively, the Box Office telephone number is +44 (0)20 7070 4404.

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Media accreditation details

The media accreditation system for the Statoil Masters Tennis tournament is now open. To apply, please go to Please note that completing the application form does not guarantee acceptance. Accreditation is awarded at the tournament’s discretion. Please also note that, if accepted, this media accreditation will not be valid for the Winter Whites Gala. Details of media accreditation for the Winter Whites Gala on Saturday 8th December will be released shortly.

Champions star in hilarious ‘Bloopers’ video

The stars of the ATP Champions Tour like to have a laugh when they are on court in the Royal Albert Hall in December, but this year they have started early.

After recording promotional ‘spots’ to announce that they are part of the Statoil Masters Tennis field in London, 5-9 December, the players’ outtakes were edited into a hilarious 60-second, ‘bloopers’ video.

To watch the video, which features John McEnroe, Goran Ivanisevic, Mats Wilander, Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis, and Thomas Enqvist, click here

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