Excel London is the place to be for the Grand Final of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.
NEWSFLASH: THE 2023 ULTIMATE TENNIS SHOWDOWN IS A WRAP!
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CONGRATULATIONS to Jack “The Power” Draper who thrilled the home fans beating Holger “The Viking” Rune 12-14, 15-12, 13-10, 19-7 on Sunday to remain undefeated and win the 2023 Ultimate Tennis London Showdown Grand Final.
Wildcard Draper’s UTS Grand Final win is his biggest achievement in tennis to date. It was also the Brit’s biggest on court payday. The 21-year-old took home a pay cheque worth $546,800 to go with the spectacular UTS “Zeus” trophy.
Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) is an innovative new tennis league featuring world-class players in an entirely reinvented game format (see below for an introduction). And after events this year across Europe, US and Asia it all comes down to the Grand Final and three days of action at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown London.
Andrey Rublev, Gael Monfils (both pictured above, in action on the opening night), Casper Ruud and Wu Yibing are already confirmed for the UTS Grand Final. Four more players will join them, including 21-year-old British star Jack Draper who has a wildcard entry. Round-robin matches will be held on Friday and Saturday ahead of finals day on Sunday 17 December.
Matches take place over 4 quarters of 8 minutes with fast and furious rules to boost the intensity of the action. The first player to win 3 quarters wins the match. There’s simplified scoring (1 point won = 1 point earned), only one serve and no more than 15 seconds between points.
Think tennis reimagined with a loosened code of conduct for more authenticity. Players and coaches are mic’d up (live interview in-between quarters). There’s a never-seen-before entertainment show with a DJ on the tennis court, an MC, and no limitations for the crowd!
TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL INFO
Tickets are off sale.
Play starts at 4pm (doors open 3pm) and 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) on Friday 15 December and Saturday 16 December. Both days feature two sessions of play with three matches in each.
On Sunday 17 December (finals day) there is one session of play starting at 4pm. Doors open at 3pm. The first semi-final is at 4pm, the second semi-final at 5pm with the final at 6.30pm.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: ExCel London has its own dedicated station – Custom House – on the Elizabeth line with connections to Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Paddington and Heathrow taking 3 minutes, 10 minutes, 12 minutes, 20 minutes and 43 minutes respectively. ExCel is also served by two stations on the DLR – Custom House for the west entrance and Prince Regent for the east entrance. If driving the venue is easily accessible from major routes including the M11 and A406 with onsite parking for over 2,000 vehicles. For more information see this Excel London ‘Getting here’ guide.
ULTIMATE TENNIS LONDON PLAYER BIOS
Casper Ruud: former world No.2 and three-time Grand Slam finalist, with 10 career singles titles.
Gael Monfils: former world No.6 plus US Open and French Open semi-finalist, with 11 career singles titles.
Andrey Rublev: 14 career singles titles and past quarter-finalist at all four Grand Slams.
Wu Yibing: first Chinese male to win an ATP title in the Open Era, and former Junior US Open champion.
ABOUT ULTIMATE TENNIS SHOWDOWN
Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) is the world’s newest, exciting and innovative tennis league featuring an entirely reinvented game format. The year-round league was founded by Patrick Mouratoglou, who previously coached WTA legend Serena Williams and is now the coach of 2-time grand slam champion Simona Halep and young Danish star Holger Rune.
UTS introduces a modern format consisting of 40-minute intense matches, a lightened code of conduct, and unique novelties. For instance, UTS cards strongly emphasize strategy and add to the suspense. Live coaching and mid-match interviews allow fans to get inside the player’s minds and immerse into their universe. UTS organised its first events proof of concept following the Covid-19 lockdown.
World-famous players that have already participated include Daniil Medvedev, Taylor Fritz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Alexander Zverev, and many more. In 2023, UTS returns with four events worldwide.
The first three events took place US, Europe, and Asia. The Grand Final takes place in December in the UK.
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