Champions Challenge Tennis Tournament
Pat Cash, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors will reprise their epic "Super Saturday" semifinal matches from the 1984 US Open at PowerShares Series tournaments in Nashville in 2014, InsideOut Sports & Entertainment announced.
Thirty years after their fabled semifinal confrontations at Flushing Meadows, Cash will play against Ivan Lendl and McEnroe will compete against Connors in semifinal matches at the Champions Challenge on Wednesday, March 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Both events are part of the 12-city PowerShares Series tennis circuit for legend tennis players over the age of 30. Each one-night tournament features three matches; two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match.
Cash, Lendl, McEnroe and Connors were leading characters in perhaps the single greatest day in tennis history when on September 8, 1984, they played two thrilling five-set semifinal matches at the US Open in New York that sandwiched Martina Navratilova's exciting 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 US Open singles final victory over Chris Evert. In the first men's semifinal, Lendl defeated Pat Cash 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) - famously saving a match point at 5-6, ad in with a forehand top-spin lob over Cash's head. After Navratilova's victory over Evert, McEnroe out-slugged Connors 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the other men's semifinal, finishing at 11:16 p.m. The following day, McEnroe defeated Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 to win his fourth and final US Open singles title.
"We are really looking forward to recreate these two match-ups from probably the greatest day in tennis history in Nashville and Charlotte 30 years after the original 'Super Saturday' at the US Open," said Jon Venison, Partner at InsideOut Sports & Entertainment. "It will be two nights to remember, full of nostalgia with the competitive juices still flowing among four great champions who will look to rekindle their rivalries and settle some scores."
Cash was added to the field at both events, replacing Mats Wilander, who was forced to withdraw due to personal reasons.
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