VERONA, N.Y. – In celebrating the grand opening of the Tennis Dome at the Sportsplex, Turning Stone Resort • Casino will be hosting their first professional event. Four former world No. 1 players – John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Tracy Austin and Anna Kournikova – will compete in a “Legendary Night” to be held Saturday, May 2 at 7pm at the Turning Stone Event Center.
The legendary night of tennis will consist of a grudge match between McEnroe and Courier in singles followed by a mixed doubles match of McEnroe and Austin against Courier and Kournikova.
Tickets for a “Legendary Night” are priced at $35 – $100 and are available by calling the Turning Stone Box Office at 361.SHOW or toll free at 1.877.833.SHOW. The Turning Stone Box Office is open daily from 10am to 8pm. Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or online at ticketmaster.com. Overnight accommodation packages can be purchased by calling 1.800.771.7711.
For those who really want to get into the experience, Pro-Am clinics will take place within the Tennis Dome located at the Turning Stone Sportsplex. Clinics will consist of a 50 minute session with the players rotating into mixed doubles with the professionals.
“We are very excited to host some of the biggest stars in the history of tennis at our first ever tennis event at Turning Stone,” said Brian Galle, Tennis Club Manager/Head Professional at Turning Stone Resort • Casino. “We feel as though this very special evening of tennis is another excellent way to showcase the Turning Stone Resort as a premier entertainment destination.”
McEnroe and Courier will be competing for the first time in the state of New York since Courier ended McEnroe’s Grand Slam singles career in the fourth round of the 1992 US Open. The former U.S. Davis Cup teammates are both residents of New York City and current rivals on the Outback Champions Series global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.
McEnroe is regarded as one of the biggest personalities and one of the most talented players in the history of the sport. During his illustrious career, he won three Wimbledon titles (1981, 1983 and 1984) and four U.S. Open singles titles (1979, 1980, 1981, 1984) and finished as the No. 1 player in the world four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984. He captured 155 career titles (77 singles, 78 doubles) and helped the United States win five Davis Cup titles. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
Courier is one of 15 men in the history of tennis to play in all four Grand Slam tournament finals. He won two French Open singles titles (1991 and 1992) and two Australian Open titles (1992 and 1993) and was a Wimbledon finalist in 1993 and a US Open finalist in 1991. Courier finished the 1992 season as the world No. 1 ranked player and won 29 career titles (23 singles titles, 6 doubles). He also helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 1992 and 1995. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
Kournikova is one of the most popular female players in the history of the sport and was the world’s No. 1 ranked doubles player in 1999. She was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 1997, becoming just the second woman along with Chris Evert to reach that level in her first appearance at the All-England Club. She was ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in singles and won 16 career WTA doubles titles including two at the Australian Open, teaming with Martina Hingis in 1999 and 2002.
Austin won the first of her two U.S. Open titles in 1979 at the age of 16 years 9 months, becoming the youngest player to ever win the U.S. national title. She prevailed again two years later in 1981, defeating Martina Navratilova in a final-set tie-breaker in the championship match. Austin won 30 singles titles and was ranked No. 1 in the world for 21 weeks. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.
Home to the PGA TOUR’s Turning Stone Resort Championship, the Turning Stone Resort delivers AAA Four Diamond award-winning accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, five challenging golf courses, a private danceclub and a world-class spa. The Turning Stone Resort is located 35 miles south of Syracuse and just a four hour drive from New York City.