A Speaking Match
Jimmy Connors VS John McEnroe
Verbal Tennis is a fun and fresh concept that pits tennis icons Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe against each other in a battle of words. The event includes 45-60 minutes of moderated Q&A in which the “referee” serves up questions first to one and then redirects to the other. Additionally Jimmy and John will serve each other questions. Topics to include their world-famous and contentious rivalry on the court (they played 34-times between 1977 and 1991), their entrances into the sport and their thoughts on the state of tennis today. The final 15-30 minutes will be dedicated to audience Q&A for which the crowd will be able to award points to either Jimmy or John based on their answers. In the end one of the icons will be crowned Verbal Tennis Champion. Following the show there is a meet and greet/photo session for the evening’s VIP members. This is a truly memorable evening with two of sport’s most remarkable heroes.
Jimmy Connors: eight-time Grand Slam tournament singles winner including five U.S. Opens, an indefatigable fighter, the champion every fan wanted to watch, a compelling player who was groomed for greatness. Jimmy Connors may have done more to raise the profile of tennis than any other competitor in a golden stretch for the game in the 1970s and 1980s. The only player ever to win the US Open on three different surfaces (grass, clay, and hard courts), he was the world’s top ranked player for five consecutive years (1974-1978).
John McEnroe: one of the most controversial and iconic players in tennis history, former number one in the world, the winner of 17 grand slam singles and doubles titles… and he’s still talking up a storm about the game he loves, John McEnroe’s gift of the gab has helped him make the transition from one of sport’s fiercest competitors to sought-after television analyst and commentator. But the competitive fires are still burning – Johnny Mac remains a popular figure on the legends circuit.