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Countdown to the Showdown

As the Madison Square Garden event staff removes the last remaining vestiges of the legendary Billy Joel’s concert stage, the indoor hardcourt surface is readied to be laid down for the eighth consecutive BNP Paribas Showdown.  This year, as in the past, the night of nights event will feature a legends match followed by a match between current stars of the game. 


Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini will return to the court to relive the excitement of their record breaking five set, three hours 47 minute match that also took place on the Madison Square Garden center court 25 years ago.


At the conclusion of their historic reunion, sports fans have the opportunity to witness the master and his heir apparent in action as the great Roger Federer takes on the fast-rising young gun Grigor Dimitrov.  The comparisons between the two are undeniable and it will be a massive treat for all those at The Garden to watch them in action.


With three legends plying their trade and an up and coming star in his own right, the BNP Paribas Showdown is set to continue its run as the crown jewel of the ever growing World Tennis Day phenomenon. 


The BNP Paribas Showdown provides a tennis extravaganza that includes unrivaled player inclusion.  All four players will not only grace the court, but will also mingle with many of their fans at numerous on site pre-match VIP parties hosted by title sponsor BNP Paribas, Official Hotel JW Marriott Essex House, and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at Madison Square Garden.


Regardless of the outcome of the matches, one things for sure: the World’s Most Famous Arena will again host a stunning experience that extends beyond the tennis court.