HSBC Brings Wimbledon To NYC With Complementary Tennis Activities June 25-27
Champions Monica Seles and Jim Courier To Play With Fans on a Specially Built
Grass Court to Kick Off "HSBC Serves Up the Perfect Day at Wimbledon"
NEW YORK, June 24, 2013
NEW YORK, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --HSBC, official banking partner of
Wimbledon, is bringing an authentic taste of the world-famous tennis
championship to New York City June 25-27. Complementary outdoor activities at
"HSBC Serves Up the Perfect Day at Wimbledon" include playing tennis on
Manhattan's only grass court, watching live matches courtesy of ESPN on a
giant LED screen, and enjoying the traditional tournament treat strawberries &
cream. The three-day tennis celebration takes place on Broadway between
23/24th Streets, next to the historic Flatiron Building and Madison Square
At the June 25 kick-off event during week one of Wimbledon, select attendees
will play tennis with former world No. 1 ranked players Monica Seles and Jim
Courier on a specially-built grass court. Visit www.us.hsbc.com/wimbledon for
details and join the conversation online at #HSBCtennis.
"As the official Wimbledon banking partner, only HSBC can connect a renowned
international event like this to our customers, employees and the New York
City community," said Patrick Nolan, CEO, Global Banking & Markets, HSBC
Americas, and this year's local host. "This is our fifth year bringing the
championships to life in Manhattan, allowing tennis fans to experience 'the
perfect day at Wimbledon' without traveling across the pond."
Jason Bernstein, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions, added,
"ESPN is proud to be the exclusive U.S. home to Wimbledon with ESPN, ESPN3 and
WatchESPN, and this is a fun way to bring the special flavor and the action
from the All England Club to tennis fans in New York and add to the profile
and exposure to one of sport's great events."
COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
oLive Wimbledon Screenings: Watch live matches daily from 7am - 5pm
courtesy of ESPN on the big screen in the HSBC Bank outdoor seating
area. Henman Hill, the famous grass-covered Wimbledon viewing area, will
be recreated for spectators.
oPlay Singles Tennis: Sign up to play on Manhattan's only grass court.
Court times available June 26-27 from 7-11am, 1-3pm and 5-7pm. Visit
www.us.hsbc.com/wimbledon to reserve court times. The grass court
installation is being overseen by Sports Turf of Connecticut, using
Bentgrass from New England Turf in West Kingston, RI.
oEnjoy Strawberries & Cream: Sample the Wimbledon treat courtesy of
California Giant Berry Farms.
oPass the Pro: Match your skills against tennis pros with a simple
match-style game. Gotham Tennis Academy, the leading operator of
high-performance tennis programs in NYC, Westchester and the Hamptons, is
providing tennis professionals to host the event. Walk-ins welcome June 26
and 27, 11am - 1pm and 3 - 5pm.
oPhoto Booth: Take a commemorative photo of your winning moment on Center
Court at Wimbledon, complete with tennis- themed props.
ENJOY A TASTE OF WIMBLEDON AROUND THE BIG APPLE
Beginning in 2008, HSBC Bank and California Giant Berry Farms have served
complementary strawberries & cream to event attendees during the Wimbledon
tournament.To enable more New Yorkers to enjoy a taste of Wimbledon, HSBC is
teaming up with local eateries to serve twists on the traditional tournament
treat. The restaurants, bakeries and food trucks participating June 24-27
will include: Carnegie Deli, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Jacques Torres,
Prohibition Bakery, Serendipity, Tea & Sympathy, Wafels & Dinges. Locations
and descriptions of strawberries & cream-themed dishes available at at
Event Contact: Jenny Altman, Edelman PR
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HSBC Contact: Rob Sherman, HSBC Media Relations
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Notes to editors:
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in
London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 6,600 offices in over
80 countries and territories in Europe, Hong Kong, Rest of Asia-Pacific, North
and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US
$2,681bn at 31 March 2013, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest
banking and financial services organizations.
HSBC Bank USA, National Association, with total assets of $183.9bn as of 31
March 2013 (US GAAP), serves 3 million customers through retail banking and
wealth management, commercial banking, private banking, asset management, and
global banking and markets segments. It operates more than 250 bank branches
throughout the United States. There are over 165 in New York State as well as
branches in: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Florida;
Maryland; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Oregon; Virginia; and Washington State.
HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirect,
wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC Bank USA,
N.A. is a member of the FDIC.
About ESPN – All Four Slams, All In One Place
Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air and provided many
memorable moments, but it has never been as important as today, with the US
Open joining the lineup in 2009, giving ESPN all four Grand Slam events,
something no other U.S. network has ever done, let alone in one year. ESPN has
presented the Australian Open since 1984, the French Open since 2002 (plus
1986 – 1993), and Wimbledon since 2003, with exclusivity for live television
with all other rights extended added in a 12-year agreement starting in 2012.
Exclusivity for the US Open in an 11-year agreement begins in 2015.
ESPN debuted September 7, 1979, and the first tennis telecast was exactly one
week later, September 14, a Davis Cup tie, Argentina at U.S. from Memphis with
Cliff Drysdale on the call and John McEnroe playing.
In addition, broadband network ESPN3, now in 85 million homes, carries
thousands of hours of tennis annually, including all four Grand Slam events,
plus ATP 1000 and 500 tournaments and WTA Premier Events, and season-ending
championships for both tours. Also, ESPN Classic shows great matches from the
past and the sport receives extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPNEWS,
Spanish-language ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.
About California Giant Berry Farms
California Giant Berry Farms (www.calgiant.com) grows and ships over 25
million trays of berries annually (over 200 million pounds). A privately held
company based in Watsonville, California, the company produces strawberries,
blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and encompasses all aspects of
growing, handling and shipping of fresh berries. The management and employees
know the future depends on the actions of today and places concerns for the
environment, food safety, excellent quality and service at the core of their
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