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Necker Cup – the most exclusive tennis tournament of the year



It looks like a tennis complex on the island of Necker, a private island of Richard Branson. image: twitter

In this way, the most exclusive tennis tournament of the year takes place here and there

At the moment, the world's most exclusive tennis tournament takes place on Richard Branson's multibillionaire Caribbean island. Only those who are famous or have plenty of money can participate.

Necker Island is an island of 0.29 km2 in the north-east of Virginia in the Caribbean. It is only 840 meters long, 650 meters wide and has been a British multi-billionaire Richard Branson since 1979. Founder of Our Lady is privately a passionate tennis player and therefore organizes the so-called "Necker Cup" every year, a celebrity tournament and those who like it.

In an exclusive venue for 34 guests and approximately 100 employees, 16 current and former ATP and WTA professionals with 16 amateurs from 24th to 29th November play tournaments in Turkish competitions. This year, Caroline Wozniacki, Björn Borg, Serena Williams, Tommy Haas, Pat Cash, Tenny Sandgren, Genie Bouchard and many others.

Tennis courts from the bird's eye view. image: screenshot google maps

Branson's tournament gives rich amateur players a unique opportunity to compete with the best in the world. The game is played in teams with one professional and at least two amateurs. While the elite tennis elite is invited, other participants have to dig into their pockets.

No doubt: Richard Branson is the boss here.

A six-day trip for a couple is worth $ 115,000 if someone wants to take part in a tournament. But tracking is not a problem … for $ 90,000. After all, you still live in the Necker Island center, which was almost a year ago hurricane Irma, and was reopened this year. $ 45,000 costs five nights on a less exclusive neighboring island with a full-day tennis tournament. The proceeds from the tournament will be spent on charity.

Sports is not about power – except, of course, for an ambitious organizer. So Branson had previously set up with former world number 1 Maria Sharapova as the Hitting Partner in his tournament. It seems useful: after three matches, the 68-year-old is still undefeated.

Sharapova and Branson on a tennis court … image: twitter

… and chess. image: twitter

For tennis professionals, the Necker Cup is welcomed by turning away from the sometimes monotonous tournament routine. Visual entertainment has social media queen Genie Bouchard (WTA 88). Via Instagram, a 24-year-old Canadian, gives her 1.8 million followers various views of her varied everyday life on the island.

Nice weather is guaranteed!

Relax with the company:

Bouchard knows how to stand up. picture: instagram

Yes, tennis also played genius. picture: instagram

Well, there's also a break. picture: Instagram

But not only the extrovert Bouchard, Wozniacki, and ex-poker for Tony G show on their channels how beautiful life is in Branson.

Wozniacki has a swimming pool:

Wozniacki with poker pros "Tony G" and his wife. image: twitter

By the way, "Tony G" is called Anatanas Guoga in real life and is not just a professional poker professional but also a politician. From 2014 until 2016, he was a Lithuanian MEP for the LRLS Liberal Party.

"Tony G" on the way to the island:

Not as well known as Bouchard, Wozniacki and "Tony G" is Nicole Gibbs. Which is not yet, but still can be … 25-year-old American is world number 124 and in four years missed his first ITF title just because he hit just before his trip to Neckerland in the final of Las Vegas by Belinda Bencic.

Nicole Gibbs, Nick Monroe and Daniel Nestor on beach volleyball. image: twitter

Branson is completely satisfied!

No wonder his tennis tournament is also a complete success. image: Twitter

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