BNP Paribas Showdown Schedule
The BNP Paribas Showdown has been a huge hit in the tennis world since its inaugural
event in 2009. Taking place annually in late February or early March, BNP Paribas Showdown unofficially marks the start of
the North American tennis season and is an event that tennis fanatics around the world highly anticipate. It is held in the
legendary venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City and as such draws big crowds both to the event and on television,
potentially serving as a starting ground for tennis stars to become household names. In addition to up and coming tennis superstars,
BNP Paribas brings in some of the established superstars of the sport. This is an event not to be missed for any tennis lover.
year's BNP Paribas Showdown will be held on March 3, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. You can be sure that Madison Square Garden
will be filed with celebrities and tennis fanatics eager to see some of the best athletes in the world take the court in a
classic venue that is otherwise not typically used for tennis. The excitement surrounding BNP Paribas Showdown each year is
unsurpassed in the world of tennis and the event appeals to even the most casual tennis fan.
BNP Paribas Showdown
The BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup, as it is officially known, has been a unique event in
the tennis world right from the start and originally featured the four women who won Grand Slam singles events the previous
year. A group of four men and four women are chosen to participate in single round knock out tennis semi finals with the winners
going on to face off against one another in a best of three championship match. The fast paced action of the BNP Paribas Showdown
is unlike any tennis tournament in the world and this is exactly why it has such a broad appeal. In the 2009 event Venus Williams
defeated her sister Serena for the championship, but in 2010 it was Serena Williams' turn for the title as she defeated Kim
Clijsters. 2011 marked the first time men competed in the tournament when Pete Sampras overcame Andre Agassi. From that point
forward both men and women competed in the event. The 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown featured Maria Sharapova defeating Caroline
Wozniacki in the women's final and Andy Roddick beating Roger Federer in the men's final. In 2013 Serena Williams defeated
Victoria Azarenka for the women's championship and Juan Martín del Potro overcoming Rafael Nadal on the men's side.
The 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown will feature a killer matchup between Novak Djokavic and Andy Murray.
Djokavic is the winner of six Grand Slam evnets and held the number one ranking in ATP for 101 weeks. He is considered by
many as one of the best tennis players of all time and is currently ranked number two in the world. You can be sure that Djokavic
will be looking to confirm his legacy and regain his number one ranking. Andy Murray is currently ranked number four in the
world and defeated Novak Djokavic in the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British male tennis player since 1936 to win a Grand
Slam tournament. Later that year on his home turf Murray became the first British tennis player in more than one hundred years
to take home the gold in the Summer Olympics. This is just one of the exciting contests you will see at the 2014 BNP Paribas
Showdown which is sure to be an event for the ages.
BNP Paribas Showdown ATP
In 1972 Donald Dell, Jack
Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale formed the Association of Tennis Professionals in an effort to look out for the interests of male
tennis players all over the world. For nearly twenty five years ATP has organized the professional tennis world tour for men
(the women's tour is organized by WTA, the Women's Tennis Association) and stands as the official governing body of the sport.
There are several events that are part of the tour and all serve to help decide which player deserves the top ranking in the
world. The BNP Paribas brings together some of the top men's tennis players in the world acoording to the ATP as well as some
of the top women according to WTA.
BNP Paribas Showdown was started by the United States Tennis
Association and its off-shoot Tennis Night in America. The aim was to get a grassroots organization going to increase the
popularity of tennis in the country. As a tribute to tennis great Billie Jean King, the inaugural BNP Paribas Showdown featured
a half time tribute to the tennis legend which featured a speech by former president Bill Clinton as well as appearances by
female athletes including Nancy Kerrigan, Sarah Hughes, Janet Guthrie, and Billie Jean King's former doubles partner Rosie