Sponsors rally round 2006 Aberdeen Cup
The Aberdeen Cup will be Murray's next appearance on British soil
The second annual Aberdeen Cup tennis challenge between Scotland and England gets underway in under seven weeks with Andy Murray making his first appearance back in Scotland since becoming a world top-20 ranked player.
The 2006 Aberdeen Cup takes place at the AECC Press and Journal Arena from 25-26 November and will see Murray team up with his older brother Jamie and British No.5 Elena Baltacha in a Scotland team looking to inflict a second consecutive defeat over Greg Rusedski’s England side.
Since leading Scotland to victory over the auld enemy in the inaugural Aberdeen Cup last year, Murray has become one of the tennis world’s hottest properties.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed an astonishing year on the ATP Tour, highlights of which include his first ATP title win in San Jose, a straight-sets defeat of world No.1 Roger Federer, claiming the British No.1 spot for the first time, and progressing to the second week of Wimbledon and the US Open. His performances since last year’s Aberdeen Cup saw him climb a massive 50 places up the world rankings to a career-high No.16.
Murray’s ever growing profile both on and off court has contributed significantly to the commercial value of the event and WSM, the tournament promoter, has announced three major commercial partners – including support from both the private and public sector.
Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Asset Management and FirstGroup plc – the UK’s largest surface transportation company – have each become partner sponsors of the 2006 event and will be looking to leverage upon the success of last year’s inaugural outing.
Joining Greg Rusedski in the England team will be British No.3 Katie O’Brien, who won her first $25,000 singles title in Nottingham earlier this month, and James Auckland, Britain’s No.2 ranked doubles player.
The atmosphere at last year’s Aberdeen Cup was truly amazing and I’m delighted that we’ll be returning again this year to play in front of such a fantastic crowd.
Andy Murray, British Number 1
How to book tickets
Over 6,000 tickets are on sale for the 2006 Aberdeen Cup and can be purchased direct from the SECxtra Box Office on 0870 272 6600 or via the ticket office website.
Tickets may also be purchased from the Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122. Full event information can be found on the tournament website.
Hospitality packages are also available and enquiries should be directed to Alexandra Buch at WSM on 0207 590 7510.
The 2006 Aberdeen Cup will take the form of a two-day, Davis Cup style match. The format includes men’s singles, men doubles, ladies singles, mixed doubles and a clash involving up-and-coming junior players from each country. A total of seven points will be on offer, with a point awarded for each match won and half a point for each junior match.
The programme of matches is as follows*:
Saturday 25 November
5pm** Jamie Murray v James Auckland
6pm Elena Baltacha v Katie O’Brien
7pm Junior Girls Challenge
8pm Andy Murray v Greg Rusedski
Sunday 26 November
5pm** Andy Murray & Jamie Murray v Greg Rusedski & James Auckland
6pm Junior Boys Challenge
7pm Jamie Murray & Elena Baltacha v James Auckland & Katie O’Brien
8pm Greg Rusedski v Andy Murray
All matches – with the exception of the juniors - will be 2 out of 3 sets, with a super tie-breaker if scores draw level at one-set all.
The two junior matches will be played in the form of a Champions Tie-Break. This follows the same format as a regular Tie-Break, though the winner will be the first to 15 points with 2 points clear.
* Tournament Organisers reserve the right to alter the schedule of play
** Match times are approximations only. Matches will follow-on.
Scotland team: Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Elena Baltacha, one leading Scottish boy and girl
England team: Greg Rusedski, James Auckland, Katie O'Brien, one leading English boy and girl
Matches will begin on both days at 5pm
Tickets are already on sale to the public, priced at £35* for adults and a concession of £17.50* for over 65’s, children aged 16 years and under, and the disabled.
All sponsorship enquiries should be directed to Andrew White at WSM.