|Posted on November 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM|
Tomas Berdych at the opening of H&M in SM Makati
Friday, November 28, 2014
By Carlo Pamintuan
Tomas Berdych flew in with a bunch of tennis superstars for the launch of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Manila. However, unlike Andy Murray who asked what a first-time Manila visitor should do through his Twitter account, Berdych already had one thing on his itinerary.
As a global ambassador of the clothing brand H&M, Berdych was the assigned ribbon cutter for the brand's newest branch located in SM Makati. Tennis fans lined up early in the morning as the first few were given autographed items from the tennis player.
Some fans also got the chance to meet and greet and of course take selfies with Berdych.
H&M and Berdych turned heads when he played wearing floral prints during the 2014 French Open.
“My clothing is planned according to the Grand Slams,” Berdych said. “We decided to launch the floral collection in Paris because fashion is big there. The partnership with H&M is important to me because now you have to play good and look good. You can’t just pull out a shirt and mismatched shorts.”
Berdych, currently the fifth-ranked player in the world, also talked about the IPTL, specifically what he thought when he was first approached about it.
“When I heard the idea, I was really into it from the beginning. I liked the new idea. The format, the style is very unique,” he said. “The commitment of all the other players was also important for me. There are a lot of Grand Slam winners and the number 1 players who joined too.”
After the opening of the store Berdych stayed to talk to fans who won a social media contest sponsored by H&M. He gamely signed autographs and posed for pictures.
“I hope it’s going to be successful. I hope the people come. It looks like it’s going to be a full stadium. I’m expecting a good tennis crowd and they should expect great tennis from us,” Berdych said. “We’re going to give them something different, something they don’t normally see in the regular tournaments.”