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McEnroe, Rafter & Gilbert sell out tennis lunch

Friday 6 January 2012 Be the first to comment »

The highly anticipated Tennis SA Legends Club Luncheon featuring guest speakers John McEnroe, Patrick Rafter and Brad Gilbert has sold out in what is earmarked to be Australia’s leading tennis luncheon held at the InterContinental on Thursday 12 January 2012.

The attendance list includes a who’s who of tennis, including Tommy Haas, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Henri Leconte, Michael Llodra, Stanislas Wawrinka, Mansour Bahrami, Darren Cahill, Mark Woodforde, Roger Rasheed, Adrian Quist Jnr and Don Candy.

Alistair MacDonald Tennis SA CEO said “The Tennis SA Legends Club Luncheon is the premier luncheon and is named in honour of Australian tennis legend Ken McGregor.”

“It’s an outstanding opportunity to celebrate the legends in tennis and we are delighted the legendary John McEnroe,  Patrick Rafter and Brad Gilbert who are guest speaking for 2012.“ Alistair continues.

Proceeds from the luncheon will support the Ken McGregor Foundation established in 2009 in honor of South Australian tennis legend Ken McGregor.  The foundation financially supports the development of the next generation of South Australian tennis champions and provides additional tennis opportunities for athletes with a disability.

The 2011 Tennis SA augural honorary members included Ken McGregor,  John Fitzgerald, Lleyton Hewitt, Darren Cahill, Don Candy, Peter Carter, Brod Dyke,  John James, Jordan Kerr, Ken McGregor, Alicia Molik, Todd Perry, Barry Phillips-Moore, Adrian Quist, Roger Rasheed, Gordon Schwartz, Len Schwartz, Peter Smith, Ronald V. Thomas, Don Turnbull and Mark Woodforde.  2012 inductees will be announced at the luncheon.

Guests of note include, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AS CSC RANR, Hon. Tom Kenyon MP, Hon. Isobel Redmond MP, Hon. Terry Stephens MLC, His Worship the Mayor of Unley Lachlan Clyne and Hon. Michael Wright MP.

The teams for the World Tennis Challenge in 2012 are:

Team                                       Tennis Legend    Current Champion
Australasia     Pat Rafter                            Alexandr Dolgopolov
Europe      Henri Leconte                  Michael Llodra
International  Brad Gilbert                       Stanislas Wawrinka
The Americas                          John McEnroe                   Tommy Haas
Wildcard          Mansour Bahrami

World Tennis Challenge tickets are still available from as little as $12 for children and can be purchased online at  or call 13 28 49.

Due to popular demand more Premium Reserve seats have been released today from $60 each.

World Tennis Challenge 2012, presented by Events South Australia, will take place at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide from 10 to 12 January 2012.


For further media information please contact:

Clare Chapman,  Tennis SA, Tel: 0412 484 453

Tommy Haas to team with John McEnroe at World Tennis Challenge

Friday 6 January 2012 Be the first to comment »

Former world No.2 Tommy Haas will play alongside John McEnroe for Team America at the World Tennis Challenge (WTC) held at Memorial Drive, Adelaide from 10-12 January.

The German born Haas, who now resides in Florida and is a naturalised citizen, has reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and quarterfinals at the US Open.  Haas has won 13 career titles in singles and doubles, including Madrid Masters, and has a silver medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics.

“Tommy was someone we were very interested in given he is a US citizen and as such works well to complete Team America.    Every indication from Tommy is he will be right to go for Adelaide and he is looking for some strong matches ahead of the Australian Open.” WTC Director Darren Cahill stated.

Haas, who made a return to the circuit in June 2011 after a period of injury saw him sidelined, is thrilled to join the WTC contingent and to be playing alongside the legendary John McEnroe.

“The WTC in Adelaide is perfect.  The players in the event are either legends or some of the top guys on the tour such as Dolgopolov, Wawrinka and Llodra, so it provides the perfect balance for me between playing some tough quality tennis, but also to relax and get healthy in preparation for the Australian Open” said Haas.

“I have fond memories of Adelaide having won there in 2001.  I have heard great reports about the event and the crowd they get to WTC so I am really looking forward to partnering John and I hope I can help him defend his title.” he continues.

The teams for the World Tennis Challenge in 2012 are:

Team  Tennis Legend   Current Champion 
 Australasia    Pat Rafter   Alexandr Dolgopolov
 Europe          Henri Leconte  Michael Llodra
 International  Brad Gilbert  Stanislas Wawrinka
 The Americas  John McEnroe  Tommy Haas
Mansour Bahrami

Tickets start from as little as $12 for children d can be purchased online at  or call 13 28 49.

World Tennis Challenge 2012, presented by Events South Australia, will take place at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide from 10 to 12 January 2012.


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