Photo: Getty ImagesIvan Lendl during 2013 World Tennis Day in Hong Kong
Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl will return to London to recreate two historic Wimbledon finals by playing in the World Tennis Day Showdown at Earls Court on 3 March 2014.
The event will form part of a series of World Tennis Day Showdowns, with matches also taking place in Bangkok, Hong Kong and New York on 3 March.
Cash and Lendl, who faced off in the 1987 Wimbledon final, will open the evening as Lendl tries to avenge a defeat that handed the Australian his lone Grand Slam title, before Agassi renews his rivalry with Sampras.
“I am looking forward to coming to London to play against Pat next March,” said Lendl, currently coach of reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. “The London fans have always been knowledgeable about tennis and, through Andy, I have developed a closer relationship over the past two years so this will be a special night for me.”
“We are excited to be bringing World Tennis Day to London,” said Jerry Solomon, President and CEO of StarGames, Inc, the event promoter. “With the rich history of tennis in the UK, an iconic venue in Earls Court and a field of players that has thrilled the London audience for years, the Showdown should provide memorable moments for the spectators and make Earls Court the place to be on 3 March.”
Agassi and Sampras played each other 34 times during their professional careers, with Sampras coming out on top of 20 of those meetings. They twice met at Wimbledon, with Sampras winning both their 1993 final and a quarterfinal clash in 1993.
This clash will come three years after Agassi and Sampras played each other in the BNP Paribas Showdown event at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York, where Sampras won 63 75.
The inaugural World Tennis Day was held in 2013, and was created as a cooperative venture between the International Tennis Federation and StarGames to promote participation in the sport through high-profile Showdown events on the same day as grassroots participation events are held at clubs and courts around the globe. This year, World Tennis Day saw 55 nations participate by hosting events.
Tickets for the World Tennis Day Showdown at Earls Court will go on sale on November 25. For more information, visit www.worldtennisday.com.