Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Night Of Tennis And Music-Family Circle Cup Week April 2-10

He was known for his tantrums and recently did a commercial that tried to capitalize on that deserved reputation. Most everyone thought he lacked sportsmanship and was super obnoxious. If you had the chance to watch him play, you would have seen him on several occassions slamming his racket to the ground and hurling four letter words at the official while his opponents dreaded the break in the action. Sometimes you wondered if it was a deliberate act to throw his opponents out of sync. One of his more well known quotes stated he let his racket do the talking and in most cases it did. He won 17 Grand Slam titles - seven in singles (3 Wimbledon, 4 U.S. Open) and 10 in doubles (5 Wimbledon, 4 U.S. Open, 1 French Open). He finished the year as No. 1 player in the world 1981-84. His name is John McEnroe and he is returning to the Family Circle Cup, which is scheduled April 2-10, 2011.

The Family Circle Cup is a WTA Tour affiliated professional tennis tournament for women, held every year since 1973. The tennis event has been played on the green clay courts at the Daniel Island Tennis Center Facility since 2001. Other previous notable venues include the Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island and Amelia Island off the coast of Florida. Last year Samantha Stosur was the Singles Champion. Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova were the Doubles Champions. Top prize money this year is set at $721,000. Over ninety players will be competing for a piece of that purse. Samantha Stosur, Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova and American Melanie Oudin are among the top players scheduled to appear along with No. 1 ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

John McEnroe will defend his Game, Set, Rock! singles title on a special night of entertainment Saturday, April 9, 2011. Festivities for Game, Set, Rock! Tennis. Amplified begin at 7:30pm. It will be an evening of music and tennis entertainment. McEnroe will be playing Todd Martin, who was ranked No. 4 at one time. Joining them will be tennis greats Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Tickets for this one night event can now be purchased. Box Level seating will be available for $50, Terrace Level for $35, and Grandstand for $20.

A Family Circle Tennis Center highlight: Hootie & the Blowfish on August 8, 2006 released an album featuring such hits as "Hold My Hand", "Only Wanna Be with You", "Old Man & Me", and "One Love" filmed in Charleston, South Carolina's Family Circle Magazine Stadium on August 12, 2005.-Vacation Rick Travel

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