(August 19, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – Andy Murray announced his participation in the seventh edition of the BNP Paribas Showdown set for the evening of March 3, 2014 in Madison Square Garden on World Tennis Day. The announcement took place in a rooftop bar called the Local Cafe with a view of Madison Square Garden as a backdrop. Murray will play Novak Djokovic while it will be a tennis brother’s doubles battle in the other match up when John and Patrick McEnroe face off against Bob and Mike Bryan.
Murray and Djokovic will play a best-of-three sets match, while the McEnroes and Bryans will open the evening with an 8-game-pro set.
In making the announcement, the reigning Wimbledon champion Murray was joined by New York Rangers’ hockey goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
In bringing his rivalry with Djokovic to the “World’s most famous arena,” Murray said the he’s looking forward to playing in Madison Square Garden as he’s heard about the history attached to the venue.
Murray, coming into the US Open as the defending champion, the Scotsman says there is no clear cut favorite to win the title.
Tickets for this event go on sale November 4 at www.thegarden.com
The BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of “Tennis Night in America” and “World Tennis Day,” a global tennis participation effort. Both events to promote tailoring the game to players 10-and-under with smaller racquets, lighter balls and modified scoring.
Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News