The organisers of tennis’s Eisenhower Cup have announced that men’s world number two Rafael Nadal will headline the second annual edition of the event this year, which is being billed as “Rafa and Friends”.
The one-night Tie Break Tens event will take place on March 10, as the opening action of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California.
Nadal will be joined by world number four and BNP Paribas Open defending champion Dominic Thiem, would number five Daniil Madvedev and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, as well as Matteo Berrettini, Milos Raonic, Taylor Fritz, and one further, as-yet unannounced player.
The eight players will face off in a series of first-to-ten tie-break matches, with all the action taking place in a single night. The winner will take home a prize pot of $150,000, while all proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.
Tie Break Tens is an innovative new format for tennis, designed as a fast-paced variant to help attract new fans to the sport. The Eisenhower Cup is among the highest-profile events in the format to date, given its positioning ahead of the Indian Wells competition.
Tommy Haas, BNP Paribas Open tournament director, said: “We are thrilled that The Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo will once again serve as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open and raise funds for local charities.
“A huge thank you to Rafa and all of these incredible players for taking part in such a fantastic event. What a perfect way to welcome everyone to another year in Tennis Paradise.”