Clash of Continents

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by crowd_admin No Comments

2012 ended with a bang for the CROWD team, amidst a flurry of activity. The team, with a wealth of sports and events expertise, handled the inaugural Clash of Continents tennis event in November.

The concept of the event was something completely different. Instead of themselves or their countries, the players will be representing their Continents. Think Ryder Cup meets Tennis!

With four world-class tennis players confirmed, the team set about creating pre-event buzz for the two-day weekend event held over the weekend 24th and 25th of November.

So who are these world-class tennis stars?

Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia)

Known for his tattoos, piercings and sunglasses, the Serbian was ranked No.9 in world in the build up to the tournament. A philosophical character, his form in the 2012 season saw him rocketed up the rankings and qualify for ATP’s season-ending championships.

Juan Monaco (Argentina)

Nicknamed ‘Pico’, the Argentinean was ranked No. 12 in the lead up to the tournament. With a recent victory in Malaysia, Pico found his form during ATP’s Asia Swing Tour towards the end of 2012. A real crowd favourite, particularly with the ladies, he is certainly Juan to watch out for in 2013!

Kei Nishikori (Japan) 

Asia’s No.1 player and the world No.19, Nishikori came into the tournament with an impressive victory in the Japan Open. He was the youngest and smallest of the four players, though this would prove inconsequential in his battle against his bigger opponents with his speed. Nishikori has been touted by ATP as one of the players to watch in the next few years.

Sam Querrey (USA)

A late replacement for the injured Mardy Fish, Querrey was ranked No.22 in the run up to the tournament. Having beaten world No.1, Novak Djokovic earlier in the year, Querrey came into the event full of confidence and showed just why he is one of the up and coming new generation of American players in the ATP today.

To spice things up further, the event organisers also lined up an exhibition match between glamour girl Daniela Hantuchová and China’s Peng Shuai. The ladies played on the Sunday showing the crowd that women’s tennis could be as exciting and physical as the men’s game.

Closer to the event, the event organisers announced that British songstress Leona Lewis would be giving a special performance at the COC event much to the excitement of the CROWD girls, who could hardly contain their excitement. Email requests for interviews came flooding in the minute these details were confirmed and the news was released.

The tournament proved to be quite a success, with more than 13,000 fans taking in the entertaining tennis action and music entertainment over the two days at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Though it is an exhibition tournament, the players played to win while entertaining the crowd. With a mixture of professionalism and good humour the players wowed the audience who clapped and cheered each point.

In the end, the top seed Tipsarevic was crowned the overall winner, accepting the trophy in front of an appreciative crowd. Who says tennis is dead in Singapore? On this evidence, clearly not!

Clash of Continents_Juan Court

Clash of Continents_Kei Nishikori

Clash of Continents_Daniela HantuchovaClash of Continents_Janko Tipsarevic Wins

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