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GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS ANDY MURRAY & JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO ALONG WITH TOP PLAYERS RICHARD GASQUET & NICOLAS ALMAGRO HEADLINE THE DREAM CUP BARBADOS

ESPN INTERNATIONAL TO PRESENT EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE. HOSTED BY SAINT PETER’S BAY LUXURY RESORT & RESIDENCES.

Barbados (October 8, 2013) – The Dream Cup Barbados will showcase four (4) of the world’s best tennis players, including Grand Slam Champions Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro along with Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro.  The Caribbean island will be the center of the tennis universe this Thanksgiving weekend with four of the premiere tennis players in the world competing from November 28 to December 1.  

As part of a two-year agreement, ESPN will air exclusive live coverage of the event on its television and broadband networks in Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking Latin America, and stream it live on its broadband network in the U.S.  ESPN’s agreement with the Dream Cup Barbados also includes exclusive live airing of the 2014 event.

The Dream Cup Barbados on ESPN

(All times Eastern)

DATE

TIME

REGION

NETWORK

Friday 29 November

6 pm – 10 pm

Australia

ESPN 2, ESPN3

 

6 pm – 10 pm

Brazil

ESPN+, WatchESPN

 

6 pm – 10 pm

Caribbean

ESPN 2, ESPN Play

 

6 pm – 10 pm

Mexico

ESPN 2, ESPN Play

 

6 pm – 10 pm

U.S.

ESPN3

Saturday 30 November

6 pm – 8 pm

Australia & New Zealand

ESPN, ESPN3

 

6 pm – 8 pm

Brazil

ESPN, WatchESPN

 

6 pm – 8 pm

Caribbean

ESPN, ESPN3

 

6 pm – 8 pm

Latin America

ESPN, ESPN Play

 

6 pm – 8 pm

U.S.

ESPN3

Tournament players will enjoy rest and relaxation at the luxurious Saint Peter’s Bay Resort & Residences after a grueling tennis season. The Dream Cup Barbados players will compete for a US $500,000 villa stay in one of the premium three bedroom beachfront homes at Saint Peter’s Bay Resort & Residences, a luxury resort featuring magnificent ocean views and breathtaking sunsets on Barbados’ northwest coast.  

“We are thrilled to have top players like Andy, Juan Martin, Richard and Nicolas come to Barbados and experience this incredible paradise,” said Kodi Lewis, Executive Director, The Dream Cup Barbados. “We are grateful for the relationships with key supporters such as the Barbados Tourism Authority, ESPN and Saint Peter’s Bay. Having this amazing tennis talent compete on the island will be a fantastic experience for the fans and sponsors and we can’t wait to kick ‘The Dream Cup’ off.”

“The Dream Cup from Barbados is an exceptional showcase for some of the best tennis players in the world,” Michael Walters, vice president, programming, ESPN International, said.  “It will provide ESPN International’s multi-platform services with an outstanding tennis competition from a unique venue and we are pleased to be able to bring this event live to fans around the world.”

The event begins on Thursday November 28th with the exclusive Players Evening Cocktail Party to be held at Saint Peter’s Bay and the official match-draw for the best-of-three sets competition. The tennis tournament challenge will begin Friday evening November 29th with the two Semi-Final Singles Matches at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Saturday evening will be The Dream Cup Singles Final, again at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. On Sunday, there will be two closing events with the Cocktails On The Court Party/VIP Mixer and an Exhibition Doubles Match at the Sugar Hills Estates in St. James.

Hospitality packages are available and include access to all events including the three matches, Player’s Party and Cocktails On The Court/VIP Mixer. Please visit www.thedreamcup.comor email: ina@thedreamcup.com

 

About The Dream Cup Barbados
Started in 2009 as “Tennis Pon de Rock,” the event has attracted top tennis talent like Serena Williams, Venus Williams, John Isner, Gael Monfils, Victoria Azarenka, and Caroline Wozniacki. The event was inspired by tournament founder and executive director Kodi Lewis as a way to raise funds for his brother Hayden Lewis who aspired to pursue his dream to play on the ATP Tour. The Dream Cup recently completed a two-year deal with ESPN in which The Dream Cup and Barbados will be featured across ESPN’s extensive networks and associated platforms. While the name of the tournament has changed to The Dream Cup, the motto remains the same “Aspire To Inspire.” The organization aims to provide financial support to assist in the development of tennis in Barbados by providing assistance to the Barbados Tennis Association’s School Initiative Program. This program introduces tennis to a large number of children on the island who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate.

About ESPN International

ESPN International is a division of ESPN, Inc., which has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 24 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of additional businesses that allow ESPN to reach sports fans in over 61 countries and territories across all seven continents. ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management. The company and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Bristol, CT, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, FL, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Toronto. Since 1983, ESPN (originally founded in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1979) has grown around the world, establishing itself as the leading global sports media brand. The company’s philosophy to global growth is to always serve sports fans and be locally relevant to them, with content and products that tap into their great passion and dedication.

About Saint Peters Bay

Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences is located on the picturesque North West coast of Barbados. With its beautiful beaches, welcoming culture and rich history, this area of the island retains an untarnished, genuine charm. The luxury resort occupies four acres of spacious beachfront enhanced with tropical gardens and is one of several luxury resorts on Barbados from UNNA – the authentic luxury resort & residences brand. Visitors to Saint Peter’s Bay have access to an array of attractive amenities and exceptional personalized services, which allow visitors the freedom to be as active or relaxed as they wish.  Shared amenities and services between resorts, include a water taxi service to surrounding locations, Fitness Centres, restaurants, water sports, beauty salon, housekeeping and home management services, and a dedicated concierge team. St Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences prides itself on its service; in fact all 21 customer reviews on Tripadvisor.co.uk to date rank Saint Peter’s Bay as ‘Excellent’. For more information, visit: www.stpetersbaybarbados.com

 Media Contacts:

In The U.S.                                                                          In Barbados

   Steve Webster - CMPR​​​​                                                       Ina Nokaj

   stevewebster@cmpr.net                                                      ina@thedreamcup.com

  1.                O. 310-426-9900                                                             O.   246-256-1997

 

 

For ESPN International                                                  For Saint Peter’s Bay
Ardi Dwornik                                                                  Annabel Hillary

    Ardi.r.dwornik@espn.com                                             Annabel@prwhenyouneedit.co.uk

  1.                  646-547-5612                                                                O.   020 3474 0478

                             C.    646-915-2842​                                                         C.   07884 430862               


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