Pete Sampras will play Milos Raonic in an exhibition called â€œThe Face-Offâ€ presented by SAP at the Air Canada Centre, Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Raonic Â will be joined by WTA star Aleksandra Wozniak and the No. 4 ranked junior in the world EugÃ©nie Bouchard.
â€œPlaying in front of my hometown against my hero growing up is a dream come true,â€ said Raonic, Canadaâ€™s highest ranked male singles player ever. Â â€œIâ€™m also really excited about playing the first ever tennis event at the Air Canada Centre with Pete, Aleks, and EugÃ©nie and I know tennis fans in Toronto and surrounding provinces will pack the arena to see how I match up with one of the best of all timeâ€.
â€œI am looking forward to playing in Canada once again,â€ said Sampras. â€œI have great memories playing in the tournaments in Toronto and Montreal during my professional career and playing against Milos will certainly bring out that same competitive fire.Â I am anxious to show Milos and the fans that I can still play with the best at the highest levelâ€.
“SAP has a proud and longstanding relationship with tennis and we are excited to extend this to be the presenting partner of The Face-Off event,â€ said Mark Aboud â€“ Managing Director, SAP Canada.Â We are thrilled to support Milos, an SAP Ambassador, through all stages of his career and see tremendous value in bringing this unique family event to the communityâ€.
The format for the evening is scheduled to consist of three parts: 1) Mixed Doubles â€“Sampras, Raonic, Wozniak and Bouchard join local celebrities, athletes and/or prominent members of the community in a fan-friendly doubles competition. 2) Womenâ€™s Singles â€“ Wozniak vs. Bouchard, a competitive singles match showcasing Canadian womenâ€™s tennis. 3) Menâ€™s Singlesâ€“Sampras vs. Raonic, Hero vs. Prodigy;Â one of the greatest tennis players of all-time takes on one of the gameâ€™s rising stars.
The evening will be emceed by Wayne Bryan, father of the Bryan Brothers.