BNP Paribas Showdown

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BNP Paribas Showdown
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Tournament information
Location Manhattan, New York
United States
Venue Madison Square Garden (2008-present)
Category Exhibition
Surface Hard Indoor
Draw 4-8 players
Website Official website

The BNP Paribas Showdown (formerly NetJets Showdown, Billie Jean King Cup) is a one-night tennis event operated by GF Sports and held at Madison Square Garden in New York City each February or March since 2008.

The Showdown is part of World Tennis Day, an initiative to increase tennis participation around the world. The event serves as the kick-off to the tennis season in North America, with the USTA running thousands of clinics across the country throughout the spring. The event format has changed from year-to-year including male and female current and retired players playing singles and doubles.

Some of the greatest players of all-time have taken part in the BNP Paribas Showdown including: Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Bob & Mike Bryan.

The 2017 Showdown included Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Juan Martín del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios, Andy Roddick, & Lleyton Hewitt in a team format. Team World defeated Team Americas 29-24. [1]

Event History[edit]

The BNP Paribas Showdown is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. In 2008, the event was known as the NetJets Showdown, the return of tennis to Madison Square Garden after almost a decade hiatus.[2] A sold-out crowd saw Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, arguably considered the two greatest players in history at the time, face-off. Federer defeated Sampras in a classic, 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6).

2009 marked the inaugural year of the Billie Jean King Cup and the first time women's tennis had been played at Madison Square Garden since 2000, when the year-ending Chase Championships were held there. The event featured Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Janković. Serena Williams won her semifinal match against Ana Ivanovic 6–3, and Venus Williams won hers 6–4 against Jelena Janković. The final was won by Serena 6–4, 6–3.[3] The Billie Jean King Cup returned in 2010 and was won by Venus Williams.

In 2011, the event was renamed the BNP Paribas Showdown and was a celebration of American tennis legends and two of the greatest rivalries in the sport's history: Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe and Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. From 2011 to 2016, several other Grand Slam champions and former World No. 1's have played at the Garden.

In 2013, the BNP Paribas Showdown event was expanded and began to held in Hong Kong for the first time.[4] That event was also played in 2014. In 2014, the Showdown expanded from New York and Hong Kong and was played in London.[5]

The 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown featured a team format for the first time in the event's history. It also featured mixed doubles as an official event for the first time. Team World, captained by Lleyton Hewitt, defeated Team Americas, captained by Andy Roddick 29-24. [6]

Tennis Night in America (TNIA)[edit]

In 2009, Tennis Night in America launched as one of the USTA's top national marketing initiatives designed to increase grassroots tennis participation across the country. The promotion underscored a "National Junior Tennis Registration Night" at over 700 locations on March 2, the date of the 2009 Showdown at Madison Square Garden, which also coincided with the start of the professional tennis season in North America.

Connecting grassroots tennis with professional tennis, Tennis Night in America was able to deliver the 2009 Showdown via closed circuit television to tennis clubs throughout the country, allowing one night in March to bring together tennis players of all ages and abilities, as they pay tribute to the game that they love so much.[7]

The 2017 edition will be played on 6 March 2017, introducing a new "Fast Format" for the 4 matches that will be played. The schedule was announced on 26 October 2016.[8]

World Tennis Day[edit]

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In 2014, following the success of the 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown in both New York and Hong Kong, StarGames launched World Tennis Day as part of an effort to increase global tennis participation.[9] World Tennis Day is highlighted by international grassroots initiatives and culminates with the BNP Paribas Showdown.

List of Winners[edit]

New York[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2017 Team World Team Americas 29-24
2016 France Gael Monfils Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 7–6(6), 6–3
United States Serena Williams Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 7–5, 6–4
2015 Argentina Gabriela Sabatini United States Monica Seles 8–5
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov Switzerland Roger Federer 6–2, 1–6, 7–5
2014 United States Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan United States John McEnroe & Patrick McEnroe 8–3
Serbia Novak Djokovic United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–3, 7–6(2)
2013 United States Serena Williams Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 6–3
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro Spain Rafael Nadal 7–6(4), 6–4
2012 Russia Maria Sharapova Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–4
United States Andy Roddick Switzerland Roger Federer 6–3, 7–6(7)
2011 United States Ivan Lendl United States John McEnroe 3–6, ret.
United States Pete Sampras United States Andre Agassi 6–3, 7–5
2010 United States Venus Williams Belgium Kim Clijsters 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
2009 United States Serena Williams United States Venus Williams 6–4, 6–3
2008 Switzerland Roger Federer United States Pete Sampras 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–6(6)

Hong Kong[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2014 Australia Sam Stosur China Li Na 6–4, 6–3
Australia Lleyton Hewitt Czech Republic Tomas Berdych 6–4, 7–5
2013 Poland Agnieska Radwanska Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4
United States John McEnroe United States Ivan Lendl 8–5

London[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2014 Australia Pat Cash United States Ivan Lendl 8–6
United States Andre Agassi United States Pete Sampras 6–3, 7–6(1)

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