McEnroe, Courier, Kournikova and Bassett-Seguso
set for exhibition matches on opening night of Rogers Cup
TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Tennis Legends Presented by Acura is an exciting
addition to the summer schedule at the Rogers Cup presented by American
Express. Tennis greats John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova and Carling
Bassett-Seguso are returning to Toronto on Monday, August 13, for a Legends
"We are thrilled to welcome back four of the most recognized names in
tennis for a fun-filled, interactive tennis experience," said Karl Hale,
tournament director, Rogers Cup presented by American Express. "Opening Night
will be an event to remember and a fantastic way to kick off the 2007
The schedule will feature a one-on-one competitive match between McEnroe
and Courier, two of the greatest tennis players of all time, followed by a
mixed doubles match with all four participants. In between the two matches,
McEnroe and Bassett-Seguso will be enshrined into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame.
Players will be wearing microphones on court to provide fans with an
in-depth and unique tennis event. The Legends will also reach out to the local
tennis community through various activities such as meet-and-greet receptions
and participation in Pro-Am competitions throughout the afternoon. The Legends
matches at York University's Rexall Centre begin at 8:00 pm on Monday,
following the 1st round evening matches at 6:30 pm.
"Acura, as a Platiunum sponsor of the Rogers Cup, is proud to be
presenting Tennis Legends in Canada," said Jim Miller, executive vice
president of Honda Canada Inc. "Acura applauds the Legends and every player
who strives to be better and to do his or her best."
Throughout John McEnroe's illustrious and well-documented career, he has
captured 17 Grand Slam titles, five Davis Cup championships and finished as
the No. 1 player on the ATP Tour four different times, becoming the youngest
male to ever achieve a No. 1 ranking. In total, he has amassed 155 career
titles, including four victories in Canada (two singles, two doubles). McEnroe
has competed in Canada 16 consecutive times (1977-92).
Jim Courier dominated tennis in the 1990's, highlighted by his first
Grand Slam in 1991 when he defeated Andre Agassi in the first all-American
final at Roland Garros since 1954. Courier went on to claim a total of four
Grand Slam titles, participate on two Davis Cup winning teams and was named
ATP Tour player of the year in 1992. Courier was recognized for his
outstanding career in 2005 when he was inducted into the International Tennis
Hall of Fame.
Anna Kournikova entered the professional tennis world in an impressive
fashion and proved that she belonged on the main stage. In 1997, she became
just the second woman in the Open Era, after Chris Evert, to reach the
Wimbledon semifinal in her career debut. She achieved a career best No. 8 on
the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour listing in singles and No. 1 in doubles. Kournikova
captured the Australian Open doubles crown twice (1999, 2002) and was one of
only three players to defeat Steffi Graf on grass in the 1990's. Off the
court, Kournikova was named to Forbes Top 100 Celebrity List in 2003 and was
one of People magazine's Most Beautiful People in 1998.
Arguably the most successful female tennis player in Canadian history,
Bassett-Seguso remains the highest ranked female Canadian all time in
professional tennis when she skyrocketed to No. 8 during the 1985 season. She
was named WTA Most Impressive Newcomer in 1983, the same season she advanced
to the quarter-final of the Australian Open and claimed her first top-level
title in Pennsylvania.
Always a feisty opponent, Bassett-Seguso extended Chris Evert to 7-5 in
the third set of the 1983 tour championship, advanced to the quarter-final of
the 1984 French Open and the semifinal of the U.S. Open in the same year,
again falling to Evert. 'Darling Carling' was named Canada's Female Athlete of
the Year twice (1983, 1985) and entered the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in
2001 as the first female tennis player inducted.
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brand, including the exclusive-to-Canada CSX luxury compact sedan. Both the
Acura CSX and MDX are produced at the Honda of Canada Mfg. facility in
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