Join Sir Richard Branson on his private island — Necker Island — for the Necker Cup, which will take place November 14 – 19, 2016. Presented by Manuka Doctor, the Necker Cup is the most exclusive pro-am tennis event in the world. Throughout the competition, guests will get a chance to mix and mingle with Sir Richard Branson in the stunning “Great House” on the island’s highest point. They will also have a chance to spot 2016 celebrity entertainer Robin Thicke and special guest Mike Tyson around the island.
The event is a six-day/five-night, all-inclusive world-class pro-am tennis competition where sixteen legendary ATP/WTA-tour players/legends are paired up with sixteen amateur teams of all levels. A handicapped-scoring format makes it competitive for every player. Teams consist of one pro and up to two amateurs.
Amateurs play with ATP/WTA pros and legends like Stefan Edberg, Mike Bryan, Marion Bartoli, Daniela Hantuchova, Todd Martin, and more. Teams compete to win their brackets and earn a chance to play in the Necker Cup Finals to be held on November 19, before the charity tennis exhibition.
Situated in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island provides a beautiful backdrop for this six-
day, all-inclusive event. Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s home and favorite hideaway. He first purchased the island in 1978, and it opened as a private, luxury retreat in 1984. Necker Island is now part of Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard’s portfolio of unique retreats. There is a 60-person staff on the island, dedicated to guests’ every need — plus more than 200 flamingos who are all part of the Necker family. Players and guests can kick back in the luxurious surroundings, relaxing under a picturesque Caribbean palapa, enjoying beach activities and the vacation of a lifetime.
Participants may also have fun in other typical Necker Island activities like paddle boarding, sail-boat races, kite boarding — Sir Richard’s favorite — wake boarding, snorkeling, massage therapy, beach tennis, and entertaining parties.
And it’s all for a good cause. Organized by the experienced staff at Premier Tennis, the event offers a unique experience that has raised over $2 million for designated beneficiaries. A portion of event profits and 100% of all auction proceeds go to Virgin Unite, The National Tennis Foundation, and other leading ATP-player 501 (c)(3) charities.
On the final night, after the ATP Player’s Exhibition, the enjoyable “End-of-the-World” Awards Dinner, auction, and party takes place. Guests can relax, grab a drink, and make a difference in the world by bidding on the exclusive tennis travel experiences and select items.