History

2012

Maria Sharapova d Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4
Andy Roddick d Roger Federer 7-5 7-6(7)

In 2012, the Showdown attracted over 18,000 fans with world-class matches between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, followed by Maria Sharapova versus Caroline Wozniacki. The highlights from 2012 were nothing short of unforgettable.

Federer and Roddick took the court first giving the crowd a comedic, yet incredibly competitive performance. Roddick even played a point against Federer while pretending to be Rafael Nadal, grunting and fist pumping just like the Spaniard. The two men battled back and forth until Roddick finally came out on top, defeating the former World No. 1, 7-5, 7-6(7).

Sharapova and Wozniacki took center stage next, with a surprise appearance from World No. 1 golfer, Rory McIlroy. Wozniacki’s beau came out on court to face off against Sharapova with his one-handed backhand, even winning the point. Although the women played a competitive match, they took the time to interact with the crowd, even dancing with them at one point. Sharapova ended the night by defeating Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4.

Tennis Night in America had its biggest night since its launch, as over 2,000 clubs participated in Youth Registration Night. John McEnroe took over the reins of spokesperson from Pete Sampras, as he kicked off the celebration of Tennis Night by leading a youth tennis clinic in New York in late February. "The continued promotion of junior tennis across America is key to the future of our sport”, said McEnroe. Celebrities also joined the tennis movement in 2012 by promoting the USTA’s ‘Get Out and Play’ initiative, including actress Christine Taylor.

Photos

The 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown Competitors Pre-Match Pre-Match Press Conference Sharapova-Wozniacki Coin Toss Caroline Wozniacki Serve Maria Sharapova Running Backhand Caroline Wozniacki Shows Off Her Dance Moves Maria Sharapova Laughing on Court Caroline Wozniacki With Boyfriend Rory McIlroy Pro Golfer Rory McIlroy Takes On Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Backhand Caroline Wozniacki Prepares Caroline Wozniacki Serving Maria Sharapova Defeats Caroline Wozniacki Maria Sharapova Wins Roger Federer Entrance Packed House for Federer vs. Roddick Andy Roddick Serve Roger Federer Forehand Andy Roddick Fist Pump Roger Federer Serve Roger Federer Volley Andy Roddick Forehand Andy Roddick Throws Racquet Packed House at Madison Square Garden 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown Competitors Post-Match