2012 Winner: Team America, John McEnroe and Tommy Haas
- Match one: Tommy Haas (America) beat Alexandr Dolgopolov (Australasia) 7/5, 7/6
- Match two: Michael Llodra (Europe) beat Stanislas Wawrinka (Int’l) 6/7, 6/2, 10/5
- Match one: John McEnroe (America) beat Pat Rafter (Australasia) 8/5
- Match two: Henri Leconte (Europe) 8/7 (7-4) beat Brad Gilbert (Int’l) 8/6
- Match one: Haas/McEnroe (America) beat Rafter/Gilbert (Australasia) 6/3
- Match two: Llodra/Wawrinka (Europe) beat Leconte/Bahrami 6/3
World Tennis Challenge – Honour Roll
- 2009: Taylor Dent and Jim Courier
- 2010: Bernard Tomic and Pat Cash
- 2011: Ryan Harrison and John McEnroe
- 2012: Tommy Haas and John McEnroe
Match Format Information
- 1st Match: Two current players compete in a best of two sets singles, with a super tiebreak for the third set if required.
- 2nd Match: Two past players compete in a pro-set. First to 8 games, tiebreak at 7 games all.
- 3rd Match: Doubles match between the two pairs (current and past player) in a one set doubles shootout with a super tiebreak if required. There will be no-advantage scoring in the doubles.
World Tennis Challenge – Daily Summary
Written by Richard Evans
Peter Fleming was once famously asked who formed the best doubles team in the world.
“John McEnroe and anyone else,” he replied.
The World Tennis Challenge 2012 proved Fleming’s truism to be as alive as ever.
With Tommy Haas, Mac again lifted the World Tennis Challenge trophy, just as he had just 12 months back. Three singles victories and a doubles showing of grit and aplomb gifted Team America the trophy but only just, this time on a count back of actual games won.
Impressive wins for Michael Llodra and the ever improving Tommy Haas were discarded and forgotten within minutes of their opening round games of the 2012 World Tennis Challenge.
Good as Haas and Llodra were, and they both invoked memories of their higher ranked glory days, it was a night for the golden oldies, boosted by a new batch of golden memories.
Henri Leconte had cause to feel just a smite miffed as his first win of the week, and a formidable one it was too, over the resurgent Brad Gilbert was always going to be second best to the offering on the adjacent court.
The battle of the grand slam champions – John McEnroe and Pat Rafter had both triumphed in New York in the 60s, 70s and 80s respectively – was the tournament showcase and every soul in the stadium knew it.
Mac may have a good 13 years on Rafter but his intent, determination and absolute will to win is yet to suffer the ravages of time. Mac clearly likes Pat but he simply can’t stand losing.
Rafter by contrast was mic’d up and happily chatting away to the television hoards, a liberty almost impossible to imagine with the man at the far of the court.
Mac was ahead from the off and kept his shape and pace to stay in front without ever really being tested, his volleying at times sublime and reminiscent of the glory days.
The crowds got behind Pat at the death and a couple of match points were saved to tumultuous applause, before Mac served out to take the long set 8/5.
Mac’s week again and with three singles victories he looks a class apart still at this level, a greying genius who cannot abide losing, or any lacking in perfection, still.
Llodra proved himself a star attraction once more, his continued retrieving from beyond the court fence in the doubles, and finished off with a winning smash, the moment of the week. Sublime.
Mac even promised a musical gig for charity next year.
Roll on 2013.
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World Tennis Challenge 2012, presented by Events South Australia, took place at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide from 10 to 12 January 2012.
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