Emma Raducanu, David Ferrer, and Other Stars Who Won at the Champions Tennis Event in London

Published 11/29/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Tennis – Champions Tennis – The Royal Albert Hall, London, Britain – November 28, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her match against Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse REUTERS/Tony Obrien


On the ATP Champions Tour, tennis fans get the opportunity to see the stars of yesteryear live in action once again. This year, David Ferrer, Greg Rusedski, Tommy Haas, Thomas Berdych, Mikhail Youzhny, and other tennis legends participated at the Champions Tennis event in London.
The reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu also competed at the historic Royal Albert Hall.

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Notably, it is the last time that the Royal Albert Hall is hosting this event. Thus, the former tennis greats were eager to make the most of this four-day event. Only former World No.1’s, Grand Slam finalists, or a singles player from a Davis Cup winning team are eligible to play in this tournament.

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Ferrer, Stepanek, and Raducanu register win at Champions Tennis event

In 2021, the Champions Tennis event ran from 25th to 28th November in London. Avid fans saw a lot of great tennis along with numerous memorable moments.

From celebrating Radek Stepanek’s birthday to involving ball boys and girls in the match, the event put on a great show this year.  The scoreboard also saw Spaniard David Ferrer, Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek, and teenage sensation Emma Raducanu as winners on day three.

Tennis – Champions Tennis – The Royal Albert Hall, London, Britain – November 28, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu in action during her match against Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse REUTERS/Tony Obrien

Interestingly, it was Raducanu’s debut at this event, and she kicked it off with a win over Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3, 7-6(3). On the other side, Ferrer defeated Marcos Baghdatis 4-1, 4-2, and Stepanek overcame Nicolas Almagro 4-2, 4-2.

However in the end, it was Rusedski’s team who finished as winners. Indeed, the event maintained its light-hearted atmosphere throughout.

What’s next for Emma Raducanu on the tennis tour?

After winning against Ruse, Raducanu will continue pre-season training for the upcoming year. She will also compete at another exhibition in December.

Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

More importantly, Raducanu will join reigning Olympic gold winner Belinda Bencic at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. It starts on 16th December and will continue till 18th December.

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The 19-year-old will also look forward to compete at the Australian Open 2022. Considering her US Open glory, all eyes will be on her at Melbourne Park.

Hence, the future plays a vital role in Raducanu’s promising career. Let’s see whether she continues to stun the world with her talent.

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Do you think Raducanu will find similar success in 2022?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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