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Novak Djokovic is set to swap his tennis racquet for a set of golf clubs when he takes part in an All-Star Match ahead of this month’s Ryder Cup.

The Serb, who has won a record 23 men’s Grand Slam titles, is one of the famous faces from the worlds of music, cinema and sport who will tee it up at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, September 27.

Others confirmed to take part include footballing greats Andriy Shevchenko and Gareth Bale, Hollywood star Kathryn Newton, Formula One driver Carlos Sainz, sports caster and former Super Bowl winner Victor Cruz, Italian professional surfer Leonardo Fioravanti, and Garrett Hilbert from Dude Perfect, one of the world’s biggest sports and comedy content creators.

In a departure from previous matches, the All-Star match will not be a fight between Europe and the USA, but a blend of nationalities will play for teams named after, and captained by, two iconic figures in Ryder Cup history – Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin.

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Both Montgomerie and Pavin, former Ryder Cup captains who went head-to-head at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, will be playing in the matches. The celebrities will also be joined in their teams by two leading golfers with a disability – Kipp Popert from England and Tomasso Perrino from Italy – both recently crowned winners on the G4D (golfers with a disability) Tour.

The contest will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and the Golf Channel in the United States.

It will also be live streamed on the Official Ryder Cup YouTube and X channels, as well as Ryder Cup Europe and Ryder Cup USA Facebook channels.

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“I can’t wait to tee it up in Rome and experience the incredible atmosphere of a Ryder Cup, which has become legendary,” said Djokovic. “The course looks like a fantastic test of golf and my playing partner Kipp, a seasoned pro, has won a lot on the G4D Tour recently so I’m confident we can get a point for the team. It’s going to be a great spectacle for the fans.”

Montgomerie added: “I can’t wait to tee it up in Rome and experience some of that Ryder Cup magic once again, this time joined by a team of celebrities who will bring a range of skills to the team, alongside their passion for golf.

“We have athletes proven at the highest level in Novak, Gareth, Leonardo and Kipp, and Garrett from Dude Perfect is a strong golfer who’ll be bringing some comedic light relief in the heat of battle.”

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