(Macao, July 29, 2008) November 20, 2008 will
see a historic, groundbreaking day for tennis entertainment at the Cotai Strip®
CotaiArena™ at The Venetianâ Macao-Resort-Hotel.
At a glittering Press Conference today, The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel and IMG
proudly announced "The Venetian® Macao Tennis Showdown
2008," which will showcase four great Champions from two talent filled
The concept of the 2008
Showdown was inspired by the Wimbledon Final last year, where Swedish legend
Bjorn Borg made his long awaited return to the All England Club and witnessed
Roger Federer equal his record of five consecutive Wimbledon Singles crowns. In addition there was a rare sighting at the
same Championships where Borg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors were captured
together on Centre Court
giving a Live BBC television interview.
Was it possible to recreate a showdown featuring the greatest Champions of the
1980 era and the finest Champions from the current ATP Tour? The stars from the
two greatest Wimbledon finals ever?
Enter tennis heroes, Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and one other
to be confirmed. Borg vs. McEnroe 1980 was considered the best ever Wimbledon
final, until this year, July 6th 2008. Acknowledged by John McEnroe himself,
the Federer vs. Nadal Wimbledon final succeeded it as the best (and longest)
ever Wimbledon Final. The fourth player at The
Tennis Showdown 2008 will feature the immense talent of Rafael Nadal, or the
distinguished American James Blake. Both
players have confirmed their availability, and which one of the two plays
depends on the result of the Davis Cup
Semi-Final match (whomever loses in Davis Cup
will play in Macao) between Spain and the USA in September.
Organisers also announced that The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2008 has been
recognised by the BlackRock ATP Tour of Champions as an official
"Promotional Event" of the Tour. BlackRock is the global title
sponsor of the ATP Tour of Champions. The BlackRock Tour of
Champions is a year long Tour that makes its way across Europe
and the world and pits past tennis Champions against each other in order to
earn ranking points. In order to play in a BlackRock Tour of Champions
event, the player must no longer be active on the ATP Tour and have either been
ranked number one in the world, a singles finalist in a Grand Slam Championship
or a singles player on a winning Davis Cup team.
Mark Brown, President of Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel &
President of Paiza Asia announced, “We are both proud and very excited to be
bringing The Venetianâ Macao Tennis Showdown
2008 to Macao. In the footsteps of the first Showdown, so
many top players in one place at one time, the music, lights and entertainment
combined with the charity element. It's
a unique privilege for us and it will definitely be a thrill for anyone lucky
enough to get a ticket. This line-up
underlines our ongoing commitment of developing The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel
as the finest entertainment destination in Asia.”
Nick Freyer, Senior Vice President
Head of Tennis - IMG Asia, commented, “We wanted to build on the overwhelming
success of the first Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown. Many people hadn't experienced such
breathtaking entertainment at a tennis event. The opening of last year's match
gave most present “goosebumps” and those lucky enough to have obtained the
hottest ticket in Asia in 2008, left feeling
they had witnessed something historical and deeply special. Our goal with
The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2008 is to top that with more tennis, more
stars, more entertainment and more fun!”
Katherine Cheung, Managing Director and Head of
Regional Marketing for Asia, BlackRock
said "The BlackRock
Tour of Champions gives tennis fans another opportunity to see some of the
world's greatest tennis legends in action. With
tournaments taking place across so many countries in which BlackRock operates, we are
delighted at the ongoing global expansion of the Tour of Champions and look
forward to welcoming the players in Macao
Organisers announced that the Event Format will feature:
Bjorn Borg v John McEnroe
- 1 Set
Roger Federer vs Rafael
Nadal Or James Blake - Best-of-Three Sets
Roger Federer and Bjorn
Borg vs John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal Or James Blake. - A Ten Point Doubles Tie Breaker
Brown further explained how the Showdown is a perfect vehicle to help those
less fortunate and to raise money for charity. "Last year, we staged an
on-line auction with tennis rackets from the stars, items of their clothing and
their memorabilia, together with the right to meet the players at the on-court
coin toss. Such was the response that we
raised an amazing US$200,000. This year we hope to do better and the
beneficiaries will include Make a Wish HK/Macao and each of the players’
designated international charities to include the Roger Federer Foundation.
Mr Brown also announced
that "Tickets will go on sale at 10am on September 1st,
the official website will be launched in early August. We had an amazing response last
year and believe that the public will be as excited as we are to be a part of
The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2008.
Ticket prices have been set at MOP $980, MOP $780, MOP $480 and MOP
The Venetian Macao Tennis
Showdown has the full support of the Macao Sport Development Board, the Macao
Tennis Association, television networks TDM, CCTV and will be produced and
promoted in conjunction with IMG. Rolex
will once again be the Official Timekeeper of the Event.
ABOUT THE PLAYERS
Roger Federer- Undeniably one of the
greatest tennis players in the illustrious history of the sport, he is winner
of 12 Grand Slam titles and holder of the ATP World No.1 position for a record
234 consecutive weeks. The Swiss Star is
the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to reach every Grand Slam final in a
calendar year, a feat he achieved in both 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he was named Laureus World
Sportsman of the Year for a record fourth consecutive time
John McEnroe- Former World No.1,
McEnroe won 7 Grand Slam singles titles, 9 Grand Slam doubles titles and 1
Grand Slam mixed doubles title during his career. In addition he won 77 singles titles
throughout his career and ranked Year-end No. 1 four consecutive times. Famed for his on-court shot-making artistry,
competitive fire and his rivalries with Borg, Connors and Lendl, he was
inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
Bjorn Borg- Considered one of tennis’ all time greats and a
Former World No. 1, Borg won 11 Grand Slam Titles, including 6 French Open
titles (the all time record) and 5 consecutive Wimbledon
titles. He is the only man in the open
era to win both the French Open and Wimbledon
more than once in the same year (achieved 3 times consecutively from 1978-80).
He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.
being considered one of the best players of all time, after winning four
consecutive French Open titles and holding the longest winning streak on any
surface in the open era, compiling 81 successive wins on clay from April 2005-
May 2007. In 2008 he increased his Grand
Slam haul to 5 titles after defeating Federer in an epic 5 set Wimbledon final,
becoming the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to achieve the French Open- Wimbledon double. Currently ranked
World No. 2, a position he has held for a record 156 consecutive weeks.
James Blake- One of the greatest
comeback stories in the history of sport, Blake overcame a broken neck and
shingles, which paralysed half his face, to reach the final of the Tennis
Masters Cup in 2006 (losing only to Federer).
A former World No. 4 and currently ranked No. 8, Blake has captured 10
ATP singles titles and 5 doubles titles in his career and was part of the
winning US Davis Cup team in 2007.
ABOUT LAS VEGAS SANDS
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is the leading
international developer of multi-use integrated resorts.
The Las Vegas, Nevada-based company owns and operates The
Venetian® Resort-Hotel-Casino, The Palazzo®
Resort-Hotel-Casino, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas and The Venetian® Macao Resort-Hotel
and the Sands Macao in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Special Administrative
Region of Macao. The company is
currently constructing two additional integrated resorts: Sands Bethworks™ in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
the United States, and The
Marina Bay Sands™ in Singapore.
LVS is also creating the Cotai Strip®, a
master-planned development of resort-casino properties in Macao. Additionally, the company is working
with the Zhuhai Municipal People’s Government of the PRC to master-plan the
development of a leisure resort and convention complex on Hengqin Island
in the PRC.
IMG is the world's premier sports,
entertainment and media enterprise.
Operating in 30 countries, IMG’s diverse businesses include: consulting
services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models
representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in
golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor
sports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. IMG Academies are the world's largest and
most advanced multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering
world-class sports training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate,
adult, and professional athletes each year. More information about IMG is
available at www.imgworld.com.
Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world. It began in the US in
1980 and since then they have granted magical wishes to children with
life-threatening illnesses to enrich their lives with hope, strength, and joy
after the fulfillment of the first wish.
wish is to be a princess or a policeman for a day, own the latest computer
equipment, meet a favourite celebrity or just enjoy some special time away from
home with the family, a wish come true brings so much to a child’s life and
provides memories for the families that last a life time.
Macao Tennis Showdown 2007 raised US$200,000 for the Make- A-Wish Foundation.
Amongst the wishes granted were new computers, a trip to Tokyo Disneyland and a
new Yamaha piano. The sort of illnesses these children suffer from include
brain cancer, leukemia, bone and liver cancer and other serious conditions.
For more information,
please contact the following:
Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited
Mr. Buddy Lam / Ms. Catherine Iu
Tel: (853) 8118 2299 / (853) 8118 2515
Event Public Relations on behalf of Las Vegas Sands Corp/Venetian Macau Limited
KCE Sport and
Mr. Terry Catton/Ms.
Tel: (852) 2723 8721