A newfangled promotion has hit our sport and it’s called World Tennis Day. With a few days of break before Indian Wells revs up, the Powers That Be, namely the ITF, got together to try to bring a little more recognition to the sport and pay some bills in the process.
And so it is that on Monday, March 4, two locations (three including LA), will stage star-heavy exhibition events.
In Hong Kong, WTA Grand Slam finalists Caroline Wonizacki and Agnieszka Radwanksa join senior legends John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl.
Later in New York City, fresh off his impressive Acapulco title Rafael Nadal returns to the hardcourts against Juan Martin Del Potro. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will also play.
And in the nightcap, in a separate event Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Mardy Fish, James Blake, Tommy Haas and the Bryans will partake in something called the LA Tennis Challenge. Starting from 10pm ET, Haas will play Blake, then Djokovic vs. Fish followed by doubles featuring Sampras/Djokovic v. Bryans. All matches will be 8-game pro-set style.
The Hong Kong and LA events will be televised on the Tennis Channel. ESPN2 will against broadcast the New York event starting at 9pm ET.
Celebrations aren’t restricted to those three cities as countries from all over the world will be putting on a variety of tennis related events and activities on Monday.
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