- World number two returns to Glasgow to play in front of home crowd, with exciting evening of tennis and entertainment -
Wimbledon, 22nd April, 2016 - World tennis number two Andy Murray today announced that he has set up his own tennis event, Andy Murray Live presented by SSE, to help raise money for charity. The unique event, taking place on Wednesday 21stS eptember at the SSE Hydro Glasgow, was the brainchild of Murray, who wanted to build a legacy tennis event in the UK whilst raising valuable funds for two charities.
Tickets go on sale today, with half of all seats costing £25 or less, making the event very accessible for all.
The City of Glasgow will play host to this new event where the evening will feature a Singles and Doubles match with all profits going to local Glasgow charity, ’Young People’s Futures’ and Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, of which Murray is a UK Ambassador. The former Wimbledon and US Open Champion and current Olympic gold medal holder will play Gael Monfils, the flamboyant Frenchman in the Singles. For the Doubles, Andy will be joined by his brother, World Number One Doubles Player, Jamie, to play against Monfils and British Tennis icon, Tim Henman.
The evening will mark the first ever tennis event staged at the city’s state-of-the-art SSE Hydro, which topped the Billboard Venue Chart* globally earlier this year.
Murray said, “It’s great to be returning home to Scotland and playing in the city of Glasgow. I travel the world playing tennis and unfortunately I don’t spend as much time as I would like to at home. I owe it to my fans who have supported me throughout the years and what better way than to play in front of them at The SSE Hydro whilst raising money for Young People’s Futures and Unicef. I’m looking forward to bringing top-level tennis to Glasgow on an annual basis and making this event bigger and better every year."
Presenting partner, SSE’s Head of Sponsorship and Reward, Colin Banks added, “We are proud to be partnering with ‘Andy Murray Live’, which will see world-class tennis played at The SSE Hydro for the very first time. The success Andy has had on and off the court is unprecedented and he is a wonderful ambassador for British sport. We’re looking forward to what promises to be an incredible event, and we’ll also be offering our customers the chance to win some incredible experiences ahead of the day.”
Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau commented, “We’re delighted that Andy has chosen to launch this inaugural event in Glasgow. The city enjoys an enviable reputation as a top 10 global sports city with a worldclass events portfolio and a state-of-the-art arena in the SSE Hydro. We’re also a city of hugely supportive tennis fans as our hosting of the Davis Cup has shown, so Andy, Jamie, Gael and Tim can expect a thoroughly warm welcome and I’m sure they will enjoy playing in front of a packed home crowd on the night.”
Lily Caprani, Unicef UK’s Deputy Executive Director said: “Andy has provided vital support for Unicef’s work for children for a number of years, most recently raising awareness and much-needed funds for children affected by the Syrian conflict through his campaign, Andy’s Aces. We are very proud to announce that Andy has been appointed a Unicef UK Ambassador and this latest initiative is an example of his continued commitment to help children in danger. The money raised through ‘Andy Murray Live’ will help us provide life-saving food, clean water, vaccines and health care for children in emergencies, as well as education and protection from violence, exploitation and abuse.”
Ann Lawrance, Young People’s Futures, commented: “Young People’s Futures are overwhelmed and so thankful to Andy Murray for choosing our project from many Scottish charities. Our team are so excited to be linked to the UK’s top sportsman and world number two. We are pinching ourselves at the thought of this opportunity. We can’t thank Andy enough for his support and look forward to what could be a life changing prospect for YPF and the Possilpark community.”
Tickets, from only £20 including VAT (plus booking fee) are available to purchase now: online at www.thessehydro.com; by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 395 4000, or in person from the main box office at the SECC. For accessible area tickets, please call 0800 952 0110 or for group bookings, please call 0844 395 4010. The event is being presented by SSE with host city Glasgow, and other official partners including Standard Life, Under Armour, Jaguar and the Wimbledon Foundation.
For more information about ‘Andy Murray Live’ presented by SSE and hosted by the City of Glasgow, go to www.andymurraylive.com
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Notes to Editors:
*The SSE Hydro ranked first in the global Billboard Chart Top 10 Venues Index (with a capacity between 10,000 and 15,000) ahead of Hallenstadion in Zurich, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin and Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia. Venues were ranked by Billboard based on gross ticket sales from November 12 2014 to November 9 2015.
Additionally, the SSE Hydro ranked third in Pollstar’s Top 100 global arenas list for 2015, reinforcing its reputation as one of the top arenas in the world today. Compiled by the leading entertainment industry publication and based on arena attendance for concerts and special events, the SSE Hydro ranked ahead ofMadison Square Garden in New York and the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
Over the course of 2015, The SSE Hydro hosted 70 unique events, 130 performances and welcomed 1,164,287 visitors through its doors. Economic impact based on attendance from these events generated over £106m for Scotland’s economy.
SSE plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It supplies energy to around 8.28 million customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, is frequently ranked number one for customer service and is one of the UK’s leading generators of electricity from renewable sources. It became a Living Wage employer in September 2013 and was accredited with the Fair Tax Mark in October 2014. Every year it contributes around £9 billion to the UK economy.
About Glasgow City Marketing Bureau
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) is the official destination marketing organisation (DMO) for the city of Glasgow. As custodian of the PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand, GCMB works with partners, stakeholders and businesses to position and promote Glasgow across national and international markets as one of Europe’s most vibrant, dynamic and diverse cities in which to live, work, study, invest and visit. For more information, visit: www.peoplemakeglasgow.com and follow @peoplemakeGLA
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit www.unicef.org.uk.
About Young People’s Futures
Young People’s Futures (YPF) is a registered charity based in Possilpark North Glasgow. Established in 2002 our aim is to create a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people. To assist in their development and support them to have a voice and play a full and informed part in the ongoing regeneration of their local neighbourhoods. Children and young people aged 5-18 years access weekly programmes of activity. Through family support, education and employment advice as well as health and wellbeing programmes we provide a holistic service engaging young people, families and wider community residents. We value being a grassroots project where young people and their needs are at the heart of the decisions we make. We strive to ensure adequate provision is available and accessible for young people and respond to meet the needs of the growing multicultural community in which we live and work.
About Standard Life
Investment company Standard Life is the global partner of Andy Murray and a sponsor of the ‘Andy Murray Live’ event. Standard Life has over 190 years of experience, helping people invest and manage their money. Around 4.5 million customers and clients across 46 countries trust Standard Life with their financial future and Standard Life is responsible for the administration of over £300 billion of their assets. Standard Life also supports over 25 million customers through Indian and Chinese associate and joint venture businesses. Standard Life chooses sponsorships and partners who reflect its commitment to excellence and its collaborative approach to helping people achieve their ambitions. Wherever Standard Life operates in the world, it is motivated by a sense of responsibility. That’s what has helped it be a sustainable business over the long term. Standard Life is proud to be listed as a leader for corporate sustainability in its industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI World and DJSI Europe) and proud to be partnering #WithAndy and sponsoring this exciting new event.
About the Wimbledon Foundation
The Wimbledon Foundation is the charity of the AELTC and The Championships and aims to help change people’s lives using the resources and heritage of the Club and The Championships. The Foundation’s principal activities include three grant programmes designed to meet social needs in the London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth, the Ticket Resale Scheme, the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI), the Road to Wimbledon and the Learning programme run in conjunction with the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Visit www.wimbledon.com/foundation to find out more.
About 77 Group
77 Group is a sports management company which represent athletes and brands in the world of sport. As the management company of Andy Murray, 77 Group is the promoter/organiser of ‘Andy Murray Live’. www.77group.com