Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Andreas Grabner, Stackify Blog, Liz McMillan, David H Deans, Automic Blog

News Feed Item

Necker Cup Offers Tennis Lovers a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- For some, the ideal tennis destination is the red clay of Roland Garros; for others, it's the green grass of Wimbledon or a late summer's night match at the U.S. Open. But for those who prefer something a little more private, the ideal—and most idyllic—tennis destination is Necker Island. This year, Premier Tennis Travel and Necker Island will host the inaugural 2012 Necker Cup from December 9–13 on Sir Richard Branson's exclusive Virgin Island retreat. It promises to be the world's most exclusive Pro-Am event. (And we have to mention, of course, that XOJET offers fixed-rate prices for private jet travel to the Caribbean.)

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121119/CG16177)

Mixing business, pleasure and sport, this deluxe inaugural event offers guests an all-inclusive five-day-and-four-night stay in one of the most dazzlingly beautiful locales in the world. Premier Tennis Travel creates travel packages to the world's top tennis tournaments—the Australian Open, Sony Open, BNP Paribas Open, you name it—but they have truly outdone themselves this time.

The main event of the week is the tournament itself, in which eight ATP/WTA Tour players will be paired up with 10 amateur teams of all levels consisting of one or two players. The stellar roster includes some the world's greatest current and former international tennis stars, including five-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe, German silver medalist Tommy Haas, French phenom Cedric Pioline, Aussie Mark Philippoussis (nicknamed "the Scud," after the Scud missile), former #1 men doubles player Mark Knowles, and reigning U.S. Open champions Bob and Mike Bryan. If all this sounds daunting, not to worry, there's a handicapped scoring format to even the playing field for all participants.

For those interested in improving their game, pros Wayne Bryan and Murphy Jensen will be offering on-court instruction as part of the five-day Rosewood Little Dix Bay Legends Tennis Camp, which, knowing Jensen, will be both challenging and  hilarious. Is there any chance of a shoot out at Necker Island between the Jensen brothers and the Bryan brothers? Wait and see.

Should your elbow and/or ego begin to feel a little sore on the court, you could certainly take a break to indulge in any of the island's numerous offerings, from paddle boarding, kite boarding and wake boarding to Pilates, sailing, snorkeling and massage therapy. Or you could simply sit on the white sand beach and watch those picture-perfect blue waves. That's what we call a win-win situation, even if you should lose set, game and match point. And, of course, let's not forget the 60-person staff who will be catering to their guests' every need, on and off the court.

Finally, after a long, hard day of volleying with the world's greatest players on the world's most spectacular island, each evening will feature a "unique cocktail experience." (One can only imagine what a drink might include when Richard Branson calls it "unique.") On December 12, the last night of the event will bring a healthy dose of Branson's wry humor at the "End of the World" awards dinner, party and auction at Rosewood Little Dix Bay.

As conceived by Premier Tennis Travel, the Necker Cup and its five-day, four-night event is truly a dream come true for all tennis fans, from aficionados to absolute beginners. Even better, a portion of the event profits and 100% of all donations from the last night's live and silent auction will benefit Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, as well as the National Tennis Foundation and other ATP and WTA player charities. It's worth noting that one of the tennis stars who'll be attending, Novak Djokovic, was just named a UNICEF Ambassador for Serbia, proving a heart to match his talent.  If you're interested in supporting the charities that will benefit from the auction, you can bid on some of the coolest tennis experiences, getaways and memorabilia and more: ibidmobile.net/vu/auction/.

Naturally, this being a Richard Branson affair, there will be a Virgin Unite Leadership Retreat  at Temple House during the Necker Cup with guest speakers Jose Maria Figueres, the former president of Costa Rica, and Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, aquanaut and author. The retreat might not improve your slice, but will certainly expand your grasp of global awareness and initiatives.

Asked what he's most excited about, Premier Tennis Travel President Trevor Short said: "Personally, my favorite part of this event would have to be the setting. I've had the opportunity to visit Necker Island a couple times, and it's truly amazing. I'm also very excited about our leadership retreat. We'll have discussions with some of the brightest minds in the world, and I'm anxious to see the interaction between the pros, Richard and our guest speakers."

For more information, contact Premier Tennis Travel at 800-376-0975 or [email protected] for further details about the Necker Cup or any of their one-of-a-kind offerings. But we strongly recommend making your plans as soon as possible, because to say the first annual Necker Cup promises fun and a good time for all will undoubtedly prove one of the greatest understatements of 2012.

Media Contact:  Amanda Schuon XOJET, 310-550-7200, [email protected]

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE XOJET

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outscale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Outscale's technology makes an automated and adaptable Cloud available to businesses, supporting them in the most complex IT projects while controlling their operational aspects. You boost your IT infrastructure's reactivity, with request responses that only take a few seconds.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in S...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DivvyCloud will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DivvyCloud software enables organizations to achieve their cloud computing goals by simplifying and automating security, compliance and cost optimization of public and private cloud infrastructure. Using DivvyCloud, customers can leverage programmatic Bots to identify and remediate common cloud problems in rea...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri, Inc, a leading provider of enterprise cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Tintri offers an enterprise cloud platform built with public cloud-like web services and RESTful APIs. Organizations use Tintri all-flash storage with scale-out and automation as a foundation for their own clouds – to build agile development environments...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs ofte...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tappest will exhibit MooseFS at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MooseFS is a breakthrough concept in the storage industry. It allows you to secure stored data with either duplication or erasure coding using any server. The newest – 4.0 version of the software enables users to maintain the redundancy level with even 50% less hard drive space required. The software func...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Interoute is the owner operator of Europe's largest network and a global cloud services platform, which encompasses over 70,000 km of lit fiber, 15 data centers, 17 virtual data centers and 33 colocation centers, with connections to 195 additional partner data centers. Our full-service Unifie...
SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. "We are a software house, so we perfectly understand challenges that other software houses face in their projects. We can augment a team, that will work with the same standards and processes as our partners' internal teams. Our teams will deliver the same quality within the required time and budget just as our partn...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Carbonite will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Carbonite protects your entire IT footprint with the right level of protection for each workload, ensuring lower costs and dependable solutions with DoubleTake and Evault.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists will examine how DevOps helps to meet th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs oft...
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
SYS-CON Events announced today that A&I Solutions has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 1999, A&I Solutions is a leading information technology (IT) software and services provider focusing on best-in-class enterprise solutions. By partnering with industry leaders in technology, A&I assures customers high performance levels across all IT environments including: mai...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus intern...