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McEnroes v Bryans at 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown; Fla. Wheelchair Tennis Winners

September 23, 2013 04:09 PM
McEnroes v Bryans Among Match-ups at 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown

bnp-paribas-showdown-2014-posterCurrent world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on Andy Murray, and brothers John and Patrick McEnroe will square off against the world No. 1 Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, when the 7th annual BNP Paribas Showdown takes place on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The doubles match, which begins at 7 p.m., will be an eight-game pro set followed by a best-of-three sets for the singles match.

"I am looking forward to coming to Madison Square Garden," Djokovic said. "I have heard nothing but great things about this event and it should be a big night for tennis in New York, one of my favorite places to play."

Madison Square Garden hosted the year-end ATP Masters event from 1977-89, won three times during that span by John McEnroe, and five times by Murray's coach Ivan Lendl.

"I'm excited about coming to the Garden next year," Murray said. "Ivan has told me plenty of stories about matches and other events that have taken place there. There is so much history attached to the venue and it should be a great night for both Novak and me."

Tickets start at $50 and will go on sale Nov. 4, 2013. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information and an opportunity to sign up for pre-sale alerts, fans can visit www.msginsider.com and www.worldtennisday.com.

"As the crown jewel of World Tennis Day, the BNP Paribas Showdown continues a tradition of tennis at the Garden which goes back decades," said Jerry Solomon, president, StarGames Inc. "Once again we hope to be able to provide some 'goose bump moments' for the fans as we celebrate Tennis Night in America with what is becoming the No. 1 rivalry in tennis, and some 'brotherly doubles' that will thrill the crowd."

The BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of "Tennis Night in America" and "World Tennis Day," a global tennis participation effort. Both events promote tailoring the game to players age 10 and under with smaller racquets, lighter balls and modified scoring.

For more info go to www.worldtennisday.com or www.thegarden.com.

Florida's Smith, Herman Win Titles at PTR Int. Wheelchair Tennis Championships

Auburn Smith
Auburn Smith of Port Orange, Fla., won the Women's A Singles title, and Chris Herman of Gulfport, Fla., won the Junior Open/A Singles title at the PTR Wheelchair Championships, held Sept. 12-15, 2013, at the Chaplin Park Tennis Center and Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC.

The event features many of the world's top wheelchair players, and is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The unseeded Smith in the Women's A Singles final defeated No. 1 seed Signe Dietrichson of Brentwood, Tenn., 6-4, 6-0. Herman in the Junior Open/A Singles final defeated Casey Ratzlaff of Wichita, Kan., 6-1, 6-3. Herman successfully defended his championship in the Junior Open/A Singles won in 2012.

Smith collected $75 in prize money for her effort, while the Women's Open champ received $990.

"This tour started in 1992, with 21 tournaments in 13 countries," said NEC Senior Vice President Masaki Fukui. "It has grown in size with the spread of wheelchair tennis. It is estimated that more than 160 tournaments will be held in 45 countries this year."
For more information go to www.ptrtennis.org.






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