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2005 Mar 07 - Navratilova at Liverpool event

Press Release - Issued on: 07/03/05

Legendary former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova is set to be a smash hit at the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2005.

Navratilova - winner of 58 grand slam titles, including nine Wimbledon singles titles - has signed up to play at Calderstones Park this June in the fourth annual tournament in Liverpool.

The 46 year old will be joined by legends Pat Cash, Ilie Nastase and Mansour Bahrami, ATP stars Ivan Ljubicic and Jan-Michael Gambill, as well as Liverpool's own Ken Skupski.

The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2005 is organised by Northern Vision Ltd, in partnership with Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Culture Company.

The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2005 will take place at Calderstones Park from June 8-12.

Anders Borg, director of tournament organisers Northern Vision Ltd, said: "I am proud of bringing the very best of international tennis to Liverpool and I am confident that a future champion will come from the North West."

Liverpool City Council's executive member for leisure, Councillor Warren Bradley, said: "Martina is one the true greats of the game and it's a fantastic opportunity for tennis fans in Liverpool to see a real legend in action. With Pat Cash, Ilie Nastase and Mansour Bahrami also on board, it's an incredibly strong line-up.

"Tennis fans are really in for a treat and I'm sure that this year's tournament will be the biggest and best so far."

Jason Harborow, Chief Operating Officer of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: "I am delighted that the Liverpool Culture Company is supporting a tournament which grows in popularity and prestige each year.

"Sport is right at the heart of Liverpool's culture and this tournament is yet another example of our ability to deliver world class events in the city."

For corporate hospitality tickets please call 0151 227 5940, for general admission tickets please call Ticketmaster on 0870 1690 107, or book on-line at www.liverpooltennis.co.uk or e-mail admin@liverpooltennis.co.uk


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