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Tennis Greats Lendl, McEnroe, Borg, Becker, Evert to reunite for Winter Whites Gala

Added on: October 18, 2012

Tennis greats Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker and Chris Evert are to reunite for one spectacular evening of tennis entertainment at the star-studded Winter Whites Gala on behalf of Centrepoint at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday night, 8th December.

During the evening, Goran Ivanisevic and Tim Henman will reprise their 2001 Wimbledon semifinal in singles action, McEnroe will also compete, and Lendl, Borg, Becker and Evert will make special guest appearances to lend their support. McEnroe lifted the Wimbledon trophy three times, Lendl spent 270 weeks at the top of the world rankings and Borg won Wimbledon five times between 1976 and 1980. Becker, at 17 was the youngest man ever to win the title at the All England Club, and former World No.1 Evert lifted 18 Grand Slam titles.

The gala will see the Royal Albert Hall transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland, featuring some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment and in the presence of Special Guests of Honour. It will all take place during the Statoil Masters Tennis on behalf of Centrepoint, HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s patron charity, which helps homeless young people.

The Winter Whites Gala has been Created and will be Produced by Award-winning Hollywood Screenwriter/Producer, Danielle Alexandra and is presented by Danielle Alexandra Productions in partnership with IMG, the global sports, fashion and media company who own the Statoil Masters Tennis. Together with Centrepoint, they are committed to the support of ending youth homelessness.

VIP ticket-holders to the gala evening will mix with film stars, celebrities and some of the greatest tennis champions of all-time on the white carpet and at a champagne reception, before enjoying an exclusive private dinner in the Gallery, decorated as a magical winter crystal palace. VIP guests will then take their seats in their own private hospitality box to watch a brilliant show featuring a singles tournament match followed by exhibition play including celebrities, film and tennis Icons, and legendary players, followed by the presentation of the Centrepoint Premier Award for Contribution to the Lives of Youth Across the World.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Centrepoint to further its work in supporting homeless 16-25 year-olds in the UK. Centrepoint is supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the charity’s patron. Founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 75,000 homeless young people and is dedicated to ending youth homelessness.

The charity’s former patron was the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Since 2005, Centrepoint has had the support of its current patron, Prince William, who has continued his mother’s work.

In 2009, Prince William slept on the streets of London with Centrepoint CEO, Seyi Obakin, to deepen his understanding of homelessness.

VIP Gala Dinner tickets for the Winter Whites Gala Evening are available. To book or for more information, please go to www.winterwhitesgala.com or call one of our event specialists on 020 8233 5854.

Media Contacts:

Jaye Allen, Media Director Winter Whites Gala: Boston Film Group +44 (0)20 3205 8441, (001)310-395-0400 Los Angeles, mobile: +44 (0)75 9552 0320

Chris Gerrard, Media and PR Officer Centrepoint: c.gerrard@centrepoint.org.uk, 020 7423 6887

David Law, Media Director Statoil Masters Tennis: david@lawsports.net; +44 (0)77 6418 6090

Lee Taylor, Corporate Communications IMG: Lee.Taylor@imgworld.com; +44 (0) 20 8233 7425

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