10th Annual Tennis BNP Paribas Showdown Live on WatchESPN from MSG on March 6


10th Annual Tennis BNP Paribas Showdown Live on WatchESPN from MSG on March 6

  • New Team Format, Americas vs. World, with Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt as Captains of Current Stars
  • Americas Team Headlined by Americans Venus Williams, Roddick and Jack Sock
  • Encore Presentation on ESPN2 March 7

WatchESPN will present the 10th annual BNP Paribas Showdown live from Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. ET. The Showdown will be a team tennis format this year that will feature Americas vs. World where each team is comprised of four players going head-to-head in addition to doubles matches throughout the night. A two hour encore presentation of the event will air on ESPN2 on Tuesday, March 7, at 11 p.m.

The teams are as follows (captains indicated in bold):

  • Two-time Olympic medalist and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
  • Former World No.1 and 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick (USA)
  • Only tennis player to earn multiple medals at 2016 Rio Olympics (gold in mixed doubles and bronze in men’s doubles) Jack Sock (USA)
  • Three-time former World No.1, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and four-time Olympic medalist Venus Williams (USA)


  • Former World No.1 and two-time Grand Slam singles champion Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
  • 2014 Wimbledon and 2015 Australian Open quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
  • 2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
  • Highest-ranked Asian men’s singles player and Rio Olympics singles bronze medalist Kei Nishikori (JPN)

In addition, ESPN Classic will present past BNP Paribas Showdown events leading into the ESPN2 encore presentation, beginning at 7 a.m. on March 7. Full Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event Platform
Mon, Mar 6 7 p.m. 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown
Men’s Doubles
Roddick/Sock vs. Hewitt/Kyrgios
2017 BNP Paribas Showdown
Roddick vs. Hewitt
2017 BNP Paribas Showdown
Mixed Doubles
Williams/del Potro vs. Muguruza/Nishikori
2017 BNP Paribas Showdown
Venus vs. Muguruza
2017 BNP Paribas Showdown
Sock vs. Kyrgios
2017 BNP Paribas Showdown
del Potro vs. Nishikori
Tue, Mar 7 7 – 9 a.m. 2010 BNP Paribas Showdown
Kim Clijsters vs. Venus
ESPN Classic
  9 – 10:30 a.m. 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown
Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi
ESPN Classic
  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown
Roger Federer vs. Roddick
ESPN Classic
  1 – 3 p.m. 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown
Rafael Nadal vs. del Potro
ESPN Classic
  3 – 5 p.m. 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown
Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka
ESPN Classic
  5 – 7 p.m. 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown
Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray
ESPN Classic
  7 – 9 p.m. 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown
Roger Federer vs. Grigor Dimitrov
ESPN Classic
  9 – 11 p.m. 2016 BNP Paribas Showdown
Serena Williams vs. Caroline Wozniacki
ESPN Classic
  11 p.m. – 1 a.m. 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown (encore presentation) ESPN2

In the new team tennis format, game scoring is no-ad and the event is won by the first team to reach five games. Should a set be tied at 4-4, a 12-point tie-breaker is played. Players will all be sitting courtside throughout the event. ESPN’s Patrick McEnroe and Brad Gilbert will call the action from the booth with Rennae Stubbs courtside for on-court interviews.

The BNP Paribas Showdown from MSG will air live in Spanish internationally on ESPN’s networks in 57 countries throughout Latin America including in Portuguese in Brazil and in English in the Caribbean and Pacific Rim, as well as delayed in Canada. In addition, ESPN’s broadband players in Latin America & the Caribbean (ESPN Play), in Brazil through WatchESPN, and Australia & New Zealand (WatchESPN) will also stream live simulcast coverage of this event.

BNP Paribas Showdown
Tickets for the 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office or through any Ticketmaster outlet. New York City hosts the BNP Paribas Showdown for the tenth straight year, bringing together some of the greatest names in world tennis to celebrate World Tennis Day. World Tennis Day embraces nations from all over the globe in an effort to encourage people to try the great game of tennis and at the same time grow the sport. For more information on the various events, including the BNP Paribas Showdown, visit www.WorldTennisDay.com.‎

Upcoming Tennis from ESPN
In addition to the BNP Paribas Showdown from New York on March 6, in the next month ESPN Tennis will present the two biggest events on the tennis calendar outside the four Majors where virtually every top ATP and WTA player competes:

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif.

  • WatchESPN: Daily coverage March 9 – 19 providing ATP and WTA matches from up to seven courts (Stadiums 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7).
  • TV and WatchESPN: 23 hours, begins Thursday, Mar. 16, and concludes with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on ESPN on Sunday, March 19.
  • Defending Champions: Novak Djokovic (three-time defending champ), Victoria Azarenka.

Miami Open presented by Itaú, Miami

  • WatchESPN: Daily coverage March 22 – April 2, with ATP and WTA matches from up to eight courts (Stadium, Grandstand, Courts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10).
  • TV and WatchESPN: 25 hours, begins Wednesday, Mar. 29, and continues through the Women’s Championship (Sat., April 1) and the Men’s Championship (Sun., April 2) on ESPN2.
  • Defending Champions: Novak Djokovic (three-time defending champ), Victoria Azarenka.

About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA), along with two development league teams — the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).  In addition, the Company features popular original entertainment productions — the Christmas Spectacular and New York Spectacular – both starring the Radio City Rockettes, and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

About GF Sports
GF Sports is a sports and entertainment content company based in New York, NY and Lynnfield, MA. The company owns and operates several professional tennis and ice skating events, each with a rich tradition and longstanding role in their respective sports. GF Sports events include: · The BNP Paribas Showdown (New York, NY) · The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster (Memphis, TN) · The BB&T Atlanta Open (Atlanta, GA) · The Skills Challenge (Orlando, FL) · Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween On Ice Tour. Throughout their storied histories, these events have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans, celebrities, sponsor guests, and some of the most iconic names in sports, all while generating significant exposure through multiple social, digital, and TV platforms. In addition to its current properties, GF Sports is in development on several other exciting and innovative sporting events.

About ESPN Tennis
Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air, providing numerous memorable moments from around the world, but it has never been as important as today, with the unprecedented position of presenting three of the sports Major events from start to finish (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, with exclusivity at the latter two).


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