World Tennis Day in 2014 will centre around three special events:
The BNP Paribas Showdown at New York's Madison Square Garden features Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Andy Murray (GBR) rekindling their rivalry, while their is a clash of the siblings with Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) and John and Patrick McEnroe (USA) competing in what is sure to be an entertaining evening of tennis.
Moving across to the other side of the world, the second-ever BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong sees Roland Garros champion Li Na (CHN) taking on US Open titlist Sam Stosur (AUS), while Australia's Lleyton Hewitt will play against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych.
This year sees London join the BNP Paribas Showdown fold, with a line-up that is sure to thrill the British crowds. Pete Sampras (USA) and Andre Agassi (USA) will once again do battle, while Pat Cash (AUS) and Ivan Lendl (CZE) are sure not to pull any punches as they go head-to-head in the same city where Cash denied Lendl a Wimbledon title.
All three events, organised by the promoter StarGames, will include demonstrations of the ITF Tennis10s programme aimed at increasing participation around the world.
“World Tennis Day will once again put a spotlight on tennis participation,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “The very successful BNP Paribas Showdown in New York, staged by the USTA in association with StarGames as part of Tennis Night in America, is an example of how special events and participation activities can be combined successfully.
"We are pleased with the initial response from many of our member national associations, and look forward to additional events and activities around the world over the next few years.”