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Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz, respectively ranked number 5 and 7 in the world for tennis, will face each other at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club on Saturday 25 June, as part of the event’s Legends Weekend.

The Norwegian and Spaniard will take to the green to play the best of three sets for the first match of the day at 2:30pm. This is the first time the two young stars will face each other since the Miami Open final in April 2022, where Alcaraz became the youngest man ever to win the Miami Open, defeating sixth seed Ruud 7-5 6-4 in the final.

Casper Ruud, said: “I’m excited about my match on Saturday at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic Legends Weekend. It’s my first time at the legendary Hurlingham Club and I can’t wait to play on their beautiful grass courts. It’s the perfect place to practise ahead of Wimbledon!”

For Carlos, this will be his first time playing in the UK since his epic French Open run, where he was ultimately defeated by Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Quarter Finals.

The Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic is set to return to the stunning location of The Hurlingham Club between 21 – 26 June with a star-studded line-up.

The event is being extended into the weekend this year, to include the much-loved ATP Champions Tour UK round that was previously Champions Tennis at The Royal Albert Hall, with Citi Taste of Tennis Legends Weekend tickets available to the public for the first time.

Some of the best players to have ever graced the courts will be looking to entertain crowds, with players Leyton Hewitt, Xavier Malisse, Mansour Bahrami, Greg Rusedski, Radek Stepanek, Tommy Haas, Marcos Baghdatis, Greg Rusedski, Denis Shapovalov, and Felix Auger-Aliassime already announced, and more set to be added to the line up.

Paul McCann, VP, Tennis Events at IMG, said: “UK fans are in for a treat as the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic Legends Weekend kick offs with two powerhouses of the tennis world, Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud, facing off against each other in the first match of the day on Saturday. Throughout the week we’re expecting to see some brilliant tennis being played at legendary venue, The Hurlingham Club.”

Citi Taste of Tennis tickets for Legends Weekend on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June start from £155. The tickets include free-flowing Whispering Angel rosé and a variety of other wines, beers, and soft drinks in the Whispering Angel Garden. The themed bar will be located courtside, offering a unique area to relax before settling in to watch legends battle it out on the court. Tickets are available to purchase here:

Some of the sport’s best players have competed at The Hurlingham Club over the tournament’s 26-year history, including Grand Slam champions Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic and Mark Philippoussis. Previous players share over 250 Grand Slam titles combined and boast over 1,500 weeks as world number 1 between them.