The Players

This year we have invited 7 of the games greats to entertain you on Centre Court at Hazlewood Castle.

Richard Krajicek

Richard Peter Stanislav Krajicek is a Dutch former professional tennis player. In 1996 he won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the only Dutch player to have done so. In the quarterfinals of that tournament, he defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets. A champion on and off the court Richard’s charisma and enthusiasm make him a top favourite for our Tennis events.


Xavier Malisse is a retired Belgian tennis player. Born in the north-western Flemish city of Kortrijk and nicknamed X-Man, he is only one of two players from Belgium (the other being David Goffin) to have been ranked in the top 20 of the ATP tour, with a career-high singles ranking of World No. 19.


Younes El Aynaoui reached a career high ranking of 14 in singles and is the winner of 5 ATP singles titles. The friendly Moroccan giant (he stands at almost 2 metres tall) faced many obstacles in his youth trying to progress at a time when his home country had few facilities to support his chosen profession. He was the first Moroccan to ever turn professional.

Younes enjoyed a great career and continues to work in professional tennis. When not on the exhibition courts he can be found coaching the Qatar Davies Cup Team.


As a junior player, Ferreira was ranked world no. 1 junior doubles player and no. 6 junior singles player. He won the junior doubles title at the US Open in 1989.Ferreira turned professional in 1989. He won his first ATP doubles title in Adelaide in 1991.

Though Ferreira retired from the professional tour in 2005, he still plays on the Outback Champions Series senior tour. He finished both 2006 and 2007 fourth on points in that series. He is now residing in Lafayette, California. Ferreira is currently president and CEO of EcoloBlue, Life and Energy, an environmental and renewable resources corporation based in Miami, Florida, and Lafayette, California.



With his Gallic charm, sense of fun and stunning shot-making ability, he has always possessed the ability to send his supporters home happy. Perhaps Leconte’s proudest moment came while playing for the French Davis Cup team which Yannick Noah captained in 1991. Three months before the final, Henri was considering retirement, however Noah knew that he was the only one other than Guy Forget who could actually beat the phenomenally strong US team, and Leconte did, defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets to set up a French win of 3-1 against the US Team which also included Andre Agassi.



Thomas reached a career high of number 4 and won and impressive 19 ATP World Tour titles, including three Masters Series events. He was a finalist at the Australian Open in 1999 where he lost to Yevgeny Kafelnikov and also reached the Quarter-Finals at Wimbledon.

Since retiring from the main tour, Thomas has worked with the Swedish Tennis Federation and served as the country’s Davis Cup Captain. He is also a regular expert commentator for Eurosport Sweden. He is the Tournament Director at the Kings of Tennis event in Stockholm. Thomas is married to Carine and they have one son, Tim.



Barbara Schett Eagle is an Austrian former tennis player, who reached her highest singles ranking of world No. 7 in September 1999. She ended her career at the 2005 Australian Open. Between 1993 and 2004 she played in 48 matches for the Austria Fed Cup team, winning 30. She also represented Austria at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in singles and doubles reaching the quarterfinals in the singles. Barbara now works for Eurosport as a commentator and co-presenter on the popular Game, Schett and Mats which she hosts with Mats Wilander.

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