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Czech star Novotna set for Liverpool

Former Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Champion Jana Novotna is the latest player to sign-up for the TFS-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament this June

Published on April 4th 2008.


Czech star Novotna set for Liverpool

Liverpool's leafy Calderstones Park will be the venue for a re-match of the 1997 Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Final as Jana Novotna takea on Martina Hingis in an exhibition match as part of the TFS-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament

Hingis won that match 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon singles champion since Merseyside's Lotty Dodd in 1887, but what will happen this time?

This will be Jana's first visit to the Liverpool tournament; "I've heard a lot about Liverpool, and I'm looking forward to seeing the city. It's special to visit during the European Capital of Culture year."

Tournament Director Anders Borg added; "I'm delighted to welcome another former Wimbledon Champion to the city. The people of Liverpool will be able to watch a fascinating re-match of the '97 final and see two of the biggest stars of women's tennis in their local park."

Czech star Novotna reached the Wimbledon final in 1993 only to lose out to Steffi Graf having been two sets up and leading 4-1 in the third. Graf won the next five games and with it the Championship. During the presentation a distraught Novotna famously burst into tears and cried on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent. The Duchess comforted her by saying that she was sure Novotna would win the title one day.

Four years later and Novotna made the Wimbledon final again, but this time it was a teenage sensation from Switzerland, Martina Hingis, who took the trophy. That season Jana won the WTA Tour Championship and finished a career-high World No. 2. Wimbledon glory was to come a year later for the girl from Brno, Czechoslovakia. Beating Hingis in the semi-final she took the title with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Nathalie Tauziat.

But it was doubles where Novotna was most successful, winning 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She also won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Games (doubles) and bronze in 1996 (singles). Novotna retired from professional tennis in 1999. During her 14-year career she won 100 titles, she was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jana is the latest high-profile name to sign up to the Liverpool International and joins other former Wimbledon Champions such as Pat Cash, Goran Ivanisevic, Martina Hingis, Ilie Nastase, Peter McNamara (doubles).

The TFS-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, supported by Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Culture Company, runs from June 10-15th 2008 and features ATP and WTA players events as well as the Legends.

Tickets are on sale now click here www.liverpooltennis.co.uk or you can book tickets at Ticketmaster or call 0870 1690 107.

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