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The Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the BNP Paribas Open will unveil its new Stadium 2 with the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by esurance on Saturday, March 1. This one-day special event benefiting local charities will be free admission and feature multiple Grand Slam Champions John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Peter Fleming and Rick Leach.
McEnroe will play Courier in best of three sets singles match (Super Tie-Break played for the third set), followed by McEnroe and Fleming playing Courier and Leach in a nine game doubles pro-set. Each player and doubles team will represent a designated local charity, and 100 percent of the prize money earned – $40,000 for singles ($25,000 for the winner, $15,000 for the loser) and $40,000 for doubles ($25,000 for the winning team, $15,000 for the losing team) – will be donated to the charity the player or team represents. The four charities are the War Casualty Fund, Childhelp USA, Eisenhower Medical Center and Family YMCA of the Desert.
The four competitors, all former World No. 1 ranked players in either singles or doubles, will bring immense talent to the court with more than 30 Grand Slam singles and doubles championships and more than 250 ATP World Tour singles and doubles titles between them.
The event will give 8,000 fans the opportunity to see some of history’s greatest players as well as to wander the grounds and take in the spectacular site expansion that includes a beautiful new East entrance and Walk of Palms, an additional shade structure with video walls, four more practice courts and additional concessions. The highly anticipated restaurants in Stadium 2, including the renowned Nobu, will also be open for business.
The Stadium 2 gates will open for the event at 5:00 p.m. At approximately 6:30 p.m. a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on court in Stadium 2 with live entertainment and prize giveaways, and the matches will begin at 7:00 p.m.
To reserve a complimentary ticket (limit four (4) seats per customer) to the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by esurance, visit the tickets page (insert link) or call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office, 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000. Please check back in the coming weeks for updated information and the listing of complete activities for the McEnroe Challenge.
John McEnroe was the top ranked singles player in the world from 1981 through 1984 and the top doubles player from 1979 through 1984, and again in 1989. He captured seven Grand Slam singles and nine Grand Slam doubles championships, won more than 150 singles and doubles championships over his career, and played for 12 Davis Cup teams, including five championship teams. In 1984, McEnroe had one of the greatest season in the history of tennis winning two majors (Wimbledon, US Open), 13 of 15 singles tournaments, and compiled an 82-3 record for the year, which still stands as the best year-long winning percentage on the ATP World Tour. John was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. He currently works as a tennis television commentator for major networks around the world, competes on the ATP Tour of Champions, and oversees The John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City.
In an ATP career spanning 13 years, Jim Courier won four Grand Slam singles crowns, 23 ATP singles titles, reached the World No. 1 ranking, and was a member of two winning United States Davis Cup teams. Courier is a two-time BNP Paribas Open champion, and after capturing his first title in 1991, he went on to win his first major at the French Open. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. He remains active in the tennis world today as an avid competitor on the PowerShares Series tennis circuit and as an analyst on the broadcasts of the four majors for various networks. He currently serves as the Captain of the United States Davis Cup Team, a position he has held since 2011.
A former World No. 1 in doubles, Fleming and partner John McEnroe dominated the tennis circuit in the early to mid-1980’s capturing 57 titles together, including seven at Grand Slams (four at Wimbledon, three at the US Open). As a singles player he reached World No. 8 in the rankings and won three titles. Fleming also played on three American Davis Cup winning teams (1979, 1981 and 1982), and helped the US win the World Team Cup twice (1984 and 1985). He currently splits his time between commentating for Sky Sports and the BBC and working as an Associate Academy Director at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York.
Another former World No. 1 and doubles specialist, Leach won five Grand Slam men's doubles titles (three Australian Open, one Wimbledon, one US Open), and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (two Australian Open, one Wimbledon, one US Open). Leach was a member of the US team which won the Davis Cup in 1990. Partnering Jim Pugh, he won the doubles rubbers in all four of the rounds which the US played in that year, and clinched the team's victory in the final with a win over Pat Cash and John Fitzgerald of Australia. He is currently the coach of touring pros Scott Lipsky and Leander Paes, and also teaches at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.