BNP Paribas Showdown to Feature Kei Nishikori



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BNP Paribas Showdown

Monday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Madison Square Garden – 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (between 31st and 33rd Streets)

Tickets: $35 – $1,000

The BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden will celebrate its tenth anniversary on March 6, headlining a full day of worldwide activities as part of World Tennis Day, a global initiative aimed at increasing tennis participation worldwide. All events promote tailoring the game to players ten years old and under with kid-friendly efforts including smaller racquets, lighter balls, and modified scoring.

The event brings together past, current and future stars, including Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori, who will make his first appearance at the Garden. The world No. 5 will square off against 2016 Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro, an Argentine tennis pro who defeated Roger Federer to win the 2009 US Open. Former world No. 1 Venus Williams will face reigning French Open champion, Garbiñe Muguruza while Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock, two exciting young stars on the rise, will provide a glimpse of what the future has in store for tennis fans. Organizers will also announce a legends matchup.

Over the course of its decade at Madison Square Garden, the BNP Paribas Showdown has become a must-see event, from superstar Pete Sampras showing a younger Roger Federer he can still play in the inaugural matchup in 2008, to last year’s electrifying performances by Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils. The event has also hosted a who’s who in the world of tennis, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Mike and Bob Bryan, John and Patrick McEnroe, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Monica Seles, and Gabriela Sabatini.

“Since 2008, playing the Showdown at The Garden has become a ‘must’ amongst the biggest stars in the game, and as we celebrate the 10th Showdown we’re looking forward to another special night of tennis,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Marquee Events/Operations, The Madison Square Garden Company. “The Showdown has continually entertained thousands of tennis fans and provided many lasting moments. And, how can we forget Ben Stiller, Rory McIllroy and Redfoo taking to the Garden court? You never know what or who you’ll see when tennis comes to The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

“It is incredible to think this will be our 10th Showdown,” said Showdown creator, Jerry Solomon. “We have been fortunate to have had just about every tennis superstar of the last 30 years play at Madison Square Garden, and this year will be no different, with our compelling slate of great players spanning eras. And we’ll also be including some twists on the traditional tennis format that will allow fans to see more action than ever before in a more compact schedule. On March 6, the BNP Paribas Showdown and The Garden will once again be the place to be for the most exciting tennis.”

The BNP Paribas Showdown will apply several new innovative formats currently being experimented in the world of tennis to help speed up the game. The format enhancements will make the Showdown an even more fast-paced, exciting event for the fans.

To purchase tickets, please visit Ticketmaster and enter the promo code JCNYC to receive a 20% discount!