Nashville will host tennis legends John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pat Cash and Jimmy Connors at the Champions Challenge to be played Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. The one-night tournament will feature three matches; two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match.
The Champions Challenge is part of the 12-city PowerShares Series tennis circuit, featuring legendary tennis players over the age of 30.
“This is like the 1985 US Open semifinals all over again,” said Connors. “I am really looking forward to a great night of tennis where we all try to beat our brains out again just like all four of us tried to do back in the 1980s.”
McEnroe won seven majors singles titles in his career along with 10 other majors in doubles and mixed doubles. He won the U.S. Open four times and Wimbledon three times and helped the United States to the Davis Cup title five times. He captured 77 career singles titles and 78 career doubles titles, his last being in San Jose, California in 2006 at the age of 47. McEnroe, who will turn 55 on February 9, has continued his fine play, winning numerous champions events around the world in singles and doubles since his final full-time year on the ATP Tour in 1992. He also continues to entertain tennis audiences as one of the best television commentators in the sport’s history.
Lendl won eight major singles titles in his career, including three U.S. Open titles during his stretch of reaching the U.S. singles final a record eight straight years from 1982-1989. He reached 19 majors singles finals in his career, more than any player in tennis history except Roger Federer. Lendl won 94 career ATP singles titles, which is second all-time. Since January of 2012, Lendl has served as the coach of Andy Murray, guiding him to victories at the US Open, the Olympic Games and Wimbledon, becoming the first British man to win the title since 1936.
Connors won eight major singles titles in his career, including five U.S. Open championships. He is the only player in tennis history to win the U.S. Open on three different surfaces (grass, clay and hard) and still owns the record for most ATP singles titles won in a career with 109.
With his bold black-and-white checkered headband and a brash crash-and-volley attack Pat Cash served notice on the tennis establishment before he ever played a professional match. He was a brilliant junior player: The top junior in the world in '81 and junior champion at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in '82. As a pro, he captured the Wimbledon trophy in 1987 - a straight sets victory that he followed by clambering up the hallowed walls to the players box for an emotional celebration with his family, his girlfriend and his coach. It's a Wimbledon tradition that numerous champions have shared in the years since.
USTA members receive a 10% discount on all ticket levels except P1 seats, with password USTA10. For more information, visit the PowerShares Series official website.