Stefanos Tsitsipas among star names set for return of Boodles tennis event
The Boodles tennis event is returning to the stunning Stoke Park estate next month and Stefanos Tsitsipas has confirmed he will be among the big names competing on the lush grass courts.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year and often described as one of the highlights of the summer social season, ‘The Boodles’ has made a habit of attracting some of the biggest names in tennis, offering guests the unique chance of an opportunity to get up close and personal with the players while enjoying world-class hospitality.
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are some of the superstars who have graced the manicured lawns at Stoke Park and some big names are already signed up for the 21st-anniversary event next month.
Hosted within Stoke Park’s stunning 300-acre estate, The Boodles, which will take place a week before the start of Wimbledon, has an intimate purpose-built stadium of only 2,000 seats.
With no seat further than ten metres from the grass court, The Boodles allows you to be breathtakingly close to the action and it has been confirmed that world No 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and world No.11 Felix Auger-Aliassime will be among the players taking part.
Ranking points may not be available at this event, but it is a crucial stepping stone for players as they look to find their feet on grass ahead of the third major championship of the year.
“The grass and clay seasons should be longer,” says Tsitsipas.
“I know that for clay there are still events in August, but I am in favor of natural surfaces being more valued in the calendar. I really like the tactical analysis of clay-court tennis.
“I think it is deeper than people think. There is a lot of strategy involved. You are not expecting to hit crazy winners on a surface like clay.
If you don’t yet have tickets for The Boodles 27 June – 1 July…what are you waiting for???? https://t.co/YHACy58gob #theboodles #stokepark #tennis #summerdaysout #socialseason pic.twitter.com/R0OXSiMN4e
— The Boodles (@TheBoodles) April 3, 2023
“You are dealing with much patience when you are playing. It’s more around unforced and forced errors.
“The way you can open the court. The main priority is not to hit a winner but to be precise and open the court.”
Tsitsipas has struggled to make progress at Wimbledon in recent years, but he insists he likes playing on the surface after he won his first title on the grass in Mallorca last year.
“People kind of doubted that I can play on grass,” he adds.
“I never doubted myself. I said that I can play on this surface, and it remains one of my favourite surfaces that tennis has to offer.
“I guess I proved myself in Mallorca that it’s not a surface that I don’t like. I like playing on grass, probably more than on clay.”
It has also been confirmed that world No.11 Felix Auger Aliassime will be playing at The Boodles, with more big names set to be confirmed ahead of the opening afternoon of action on June 27.
Tennis365 will be counting down to the return of The Boodles with a series of features looking at the players taking part and looking back on the history of one of the most glorious weeks in the grass court season.
Event organisers ACE Group, alongside Stoke Park’s new owners, are looking to further enhance the Boodles experience, and tickets are available to watch the action live.
READ MORE: John McEnroe says ‘villain’ Novak Djokovic is misunderstood
Stefanos Tsitsipas received French Open ‘wake-up call’
Stefanos Tsitsipas gets early warning at Roland Garros.
WATCH: World No 675 leads emotional rendition of La Marseillaise at Roland Garros
Lucas Pouille and the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd belt out La Marseillaise.
French Open day 1: Marta Kostyuk feels ire of crowd, Ons Jabeur has options, British hopes dashed
The story of the first day of action from Roland Garros.
What Andy Murray needs to do to secure a seeding at Wimbledon
Andy Murray is currently 43rd in the ATP rankings and needs to get into the top 32 to secure a seeding for Wimbledon.
Where will Rafael Nadal be ranked when he returns to the court?
Nadal will be ranked in the mid-130s on the ATP list at the start of June.
Mats Wilander says Aryna Sabalenka has ‘no weaknesses’ after French Open win
“She has no weaknesses in her game if she believes in herself.”
Marta Kostyuk on French Open booing: ‘People should be honestly embarrassed’
The Ukrainian has been the most outspoken critic of tennis’ reaction to the war in her home country.
Stefanos Tsitsipas pats himself on the back – ‘It was a great comeback from me’
Stefanos Tsitsipas saved three set points to avoid being taken to a decider.
Toni Nadal analyses favourites to win 2023 French Open
The legendary coach explains who he would put his money on to win the Paris major.
Dan Evans on French Open controversial foot-fault call: ‘Disruptive, wrong’
Evans also described his current form as “shocking” after French Open exit.