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Official WTC draw released today

Insight from WTC Co-Directors Darren Cahill and Roger Rasheed into the Official Draw.
9 January 2012, by World Tennis Challenge

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A rivalry between tennis legends John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert is sure to create an interesting atmosphere at the World Tennis Challenge tomorrow with Team America taking on Team International.

Event co-director Darren Cahill said the singles match between the former champions was set to be a highlight of the first night’s play.

“They weren’t the greatest of friends,” Cahill said.

“Jumping back on the court now, I think it is really something to look forward to.

“John will be keen for a win.”

McEnroe will team with Tommy Haas as part of Team America, with Gilbert representing Team International alongside Stanislas Wawrinka.  Europe’s Henri Leconte and Michael Llodra will take on Australasia’s Pat Rafter and Alexandr Dolgopolov from 6.30pm tomorrow night.

Challenge co-director and prominent tennis coach Roger Rasheed said the match between Dolgopolov and Llodra would be one to watch, because they were both current players at the top of their game.

The final night of Australasia against America will also be a highlight.

Rasheed said McEnroe would have to be playing at his best to defend Team America’s World Tennis Challenge title from last year.

“McEnroe is one who plays to win at all costs,” he said.

“But Pat and Alexandr is a tough team right there.” Throughout the event wildcard Mansour Bahrami will be able to jump in and take over for any player during the doubles matches.

“He has the whole stadium watching him,” Rasheed said. “He’ll drift in if the older guys need a break.”

Official Draw
*Court Allocations to be determined

Tuesday Night

Europe v Australasia
Match 1: Michael Llodra v Alexandr Dolgopolov
Match 2: Henri Leconte v Pat Rafter
Match 3: Llodra / Leconte v Dolgopolov / Rafter
Americas v Internationals
Match 1: Tommy Haas v Stan Wawrinka
Match 2: John McEnroe v Brad Gilbert
Match 3 Haas / McEnroe v Wawrinka / Gilbert

Wildcard: Mansour Bahrami

Wednesday Night

Americas v Europe
Match 1: Tommy Haas v Michael Llodra
Match 2: John McEnroe v Henri Leconte
Match 3: Haas / McEnroe v Llodra / Leconte
Australasia v Internationals
Match 1: Alexandr Dolgopolov v Stan Wawrinka
Match 2: Pat Rafter v Brad Gilbert
Match 3 Dolgopolov / Rafter v Wawrinka / Gilbert

Wildcard: Mansour Bahrami

Thursday Night

Americas v Australasia
Match 1: Tommy Haas v Alexandr Dolgopolov
Match 2: John McEnroe v Pat Rafter
Match 3: Haas / McEnroe v Dolgopolov / Rafter
Europe v Internationals
Match 1: Michael Llodra v Stan Wawrinka
Match 2: Henri Leconte v Brad Gilbert
Match 3 Llodra / Leconte v Wawrinka / Gilbert

 Wildcard: Mansour Bahrami

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