Stockholm Draw Throws Up McEnroe Connors Showdown
by David Law|
The draw for the 2013 Kings of Tennis by Index International was made this week, and it has pitted old rivals John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors against one another in what will be a mouth-watering resumption of one of the fiercest rivalries tennis has ever seen.
McEnroe and Connors have been drawn in Group A alongside fellow Grand Slam Champion and Former World Number One Mats Wilander in the event which takes place from March 12th to 15th. Group B will see the Swedish trio of Stefan Edberg, Magnus Larsson and Mikael Pernfors battle for a place in the Friday final.
McEnroe, who is the defending Kings of Tennis Champion, faced Connors a total on 34 times during their professional careers, including two Wimbledon finals, the spoils of which were shared one a-piece. Showdowns between the two were always hotly anticipated due to the classic clash of styles and personalities on display; McEnroe the serve-volleying ‘Superbrat’ and Connors the indomitable warrior, battling to victory from the baseline.
The latest installment of this All-American rivalry is scheduled to take place on the evening of Thursday the 14th of March, with McEnroe’s match up with Wilander scheduled for evening of Wednesday the 13th. Connors’ encounter with Swede Wilander, and his first match on the ATP Champions Tour since the Statoil Masters Tennis in December 1999 is set for the Tuesday the 12th of March. Tickets for all matches are available here: http://www.easyticketing.se/
Kings of Tennis Tournament Director Thomas Enqvist is excited at the prospect of bringing two of the greatest players of all time on court together once again, as well as Swedish Legends Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg.
“These are some of the absolute biggest and most entertaining players of all time,” said Enqvist. “It feels great to follow up a successful first year and to give our audience a possibility to see these players.”