McEnroe, Edberg, Chang Headline Seniors Zurich
Posted on March 9, 2010
The ATP Champions Tour launched the new BNP Paribas Zurich Open with a highly anticipated draw ceremony at the palatial Dolder Grand Hotel in the heart of the city on Monday.
The event, which is being held this week at Zurich's Saalsporthalle, will bring the likes of John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg together with eight of the world's best junior players in what is set to be an unprecedented celebration of tennis' past and future champions.
The ATP Champions Tour tournament will follow the traditional format, with eight past world number ones, Grand Slam Champions and Davis Cup winners competing for the title over five days. The twist is that, alongside these champions, eight of the world's best junior players will compete in their own parallel tournament. Then, during the night session on each day of the event, tennis' past and future champions will unite to play side-by-side in a separate doubles tournament where teams formed of one legend and one junior will do battle against one another.
Monday's draw ceremony threw up some interesting clashes. In Group A, the 2001 Wimbledon Champion Goran Ivanisevic was drawn alongside a trio of French Open Champions -- Sergi Bruguera, Michael Chang and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Thirty eight year-old Ivanisevic considers himself the favorite to lift the trophy come Saturday, despite the stern competition he will face in the round robin stage of the event. "I will win this tournament," he said. "I'm in good shape and I'm feeling good."
In Group B, seven-time Grand Slam Champion McEnroe was drawn to face fellow former world number one Edberg, as well as 1996 Wimbledon Champion Richard Krajicek and talented Frenchman Henri Leconte. After a stunning run to the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships last month, McEnroe needs only to reach the third place play-off match on Saturday in order to top the South African Airways rankings.