Each year we invite 6 of the games greats to entertain you on Centre Court at The Mere. Below is our player roll call who have appeared at The Mere
Richard was born in Rotterdam and reached a career high ranking of No 4 in the World in 1999. He won his first tour singles title in 1991 and went on to win a total of 17 singles titles including 2 Masters Series events in Stuttgart and Key Biscayne. Hie best performance at Wimbledon was in 1996 when he won the Title, beating Malvai Washington in the final. Richard remains the only Dutchman ever to win Wimbledon.
Xavier Malisse is a retired Belgian tennis player. Born in the north-western Flemish city of Kortrijk and nicknamed X-Man, he is only one of two players from Belgium (the other being David Goffin) to have been ranked in the top 20 of the ATP tour, with a career-high singles ranking of World No. 19.
With his Gallic charm, sense of fun and stunning shot-making ability, he has always possessed the ability to send his supporters home happy. Perhaps Leconte’s proudest moment came while playing for the French Davis Cup team which Yannick Noah captained in 1991. Three months before the final, Henri was considering retirement, however Noah knew that he was the only one other than Guy Forget who could actually beat the phenomenally strong US team, and Leconte did, defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets to set up a French win of 3-1 against the US Team which also included Andre Agassi.
Olivier was a partner of Roger Federer on the Junior Circuit, winning the Boys Doubles title at Wimbledon in 1998. He won two singles titles in his career and achieved a career high ranking of World no 24. He represented Belgium in 2 Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing in both singles and doubles. In 2004 he won the French Open Doubles Title with compatriot Xavier Malisse.