Comment: Tennis legends event is great for Capital

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Tennis legends event is great for Capital, says Bill Drummond, offering financial benefits and the chance to see top sports stars in the flesh

With less than a month to go, the buzz around Brodies Champions of Tennis is building. Between June 20 and 23, sports fans will converge upon a purpose-built stadium in Stockbridge to witness a spectacle quite unlike anything Scotland has seen before.

John McEnroe will be back on a Scottish court for the first time in 24 years, alongside Goran Ivanisevic, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Carlos Moya and Mark Philippousis.

The tournament promises to be one of the most exciting sports events to come to Scotland in many years. This will be the first ATP Champions of Tennis tournament to be held in Scotland and will be part of the ATP Champions Tour. Now in its second decade, the tour brings together many of the greatest tennis players in history to compete in entertaining and hotly-contested tournaments in cities including London, Rio de Janeiro and Stockholm.

For Edinburgh to join these venues is a great achievement for the Capital and our country. In addition to delivering economic benefits to the city, the tournament will reinforce Scotland’s reputation as one of the world’s premier sporting destinations, benefit charities and local communities – including Brodies’ official charity partner, Maggie’s, the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home, Fresh Start and Life Care – and, I hope, prove an unforgettable experience for all those involved.

We see this as an opportunity to get behind an event that is a first for Scotland. In the current economic climate, we also believe that businesses such as ours should be trying to help stimulate activity by bringing people together and creating something new – what better way to do this than through an event with such wide appeal that we hope will capture the imagination of sports fans of all ages?

This tournament will provide the perfect opportunity for sports fans to have fun watching some of the most talented players in the history of the sport, whose passion for the game and determination to win remains undimmed. It promises to be a tournament to remember.

• Bill Drummond is managing partner at Brodies LLP.