UNICEF ambassador for Serbia, five-time Grand Slam Champion and World No. 2, Novak Djokovic has entered the 2012 Necker Cup, an exclusive Pro-Am to be held on Sir Richard Branson's private island, Necker Island between December 9 and 13.
Also confirmed are Bob and Mike Bryan, 12 Grand Slam Doubles Champions and 2012 Olympic Doubles Gold Medalists. Mark Philippoussis, the 1998 US Open Finalist and 2003 Wimbledon Finalist is also slated to participate in the Necker Cup. Other players are expected to be announced shortly.
Amateurs can win a place directly into the Necker Cup by winning the Life Time Necker Cup Challenge, to be run in eight markets across the US. They can also register to play in the Rosewood Little Dix Bay Legends Tennis, which will take place at the same time nearby at the world-renowned resort at Virgin Gorda and will be hosted by Grand Slam Doubles winners, the Jensen brothers.
Each evening will end with a unique cocktail and dinner experience, concluding with an 'End of the World' awards dinner, party and auction on December 12 at Rosewood Little Dix Bay where the Legends Tennis Camp participants will have a chance to meet with Sir Richard and mingle with the past and current tennis stars. One hundred percent of all donations from the auction is expected to directly benefit the local BVI community, Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation, Novak Djokovic Foundation and other ATP and WTA player charities.
In addition to the tennis, Sir Richard will kick off a Virgin Unite Leadership Retreat where Necker Cup participants will get to learn from one of the world's most successful business leaders.
"Necker Island is my home and favorite hideaway," said Sir Richard. "We are pleased to announce this unique tennis experience and unforgettable all-inclusive five-day, four-night stay on my private island."
"I am delighted to bring a Pro-Am tennis event to Necker," said Mike Richards, Director of Tennis at Necker Island and Co-Founder of the Necker Cup.
"Premier Tennis Travel is excited to organize the world's most exclusive Pro-Am," said Remington Reynolds, CEO of Premier Tennis Travel. "The Rosewood Little Dix Bay Legends Camp will give players of all skill levels the chance to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the world of tennis."