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.