Stefan Edberg

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe

Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe

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Some pics of Ivan’s match against Mats Wilander.

Ivan Lendl

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Yannick Noah is best remembered for winning the men’s singles title at the French Open in 1983.
Since his retirement from the game, Noah has remained in the public eye as a popular music performer.

Yesterday, he played a doubles match with Arnaud Clément against Guy Forget and Arnaud Boetsch.

Arnaud Clément and Yannick Noah
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7 times Grand Slam champion John McEnroe is know as much for his fiery temper as for his tennis achievements.

Here’s a little selection of his most famous outbursts:

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[youtube width=”480″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j0eqZKTjpk[/youtube]

[youtube width=”480″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QSIF_I2ZUg[/youtube]

[youtube width=”480″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owzU9_J5Iuw[/youtube]

[youtube width=”480″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmJi_oc7t10[/youtube]

I feel like I’m back from tennis heaven: I spent the afternoon in Paris watching Lendl, Wilander, McEnroe and Edberg play. Here’s a quick recap in photos:

First match between old rivals: Ivan Lendl vs Mats Wilander. This match marks Lendl’s return to the competition.

I must say I’ve been quite impressed by Lendl and Wilander‘s playing level. Mats’ court coverage is amazing and Ivan’s forehand is powerful and precise.

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl
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This year’s event (from 1 to 3 October) will take place for the first time in the Pierre-de-Coubertin stadium in Paris, home of the WTA Open Gaz de France tournament.
The line-up will be quite exceptional, with 4 former world number one, with a total of 28 singles Grand Slam titles! This tournament will also mark Ivan Lendl’s return to the competition.

The tournament has the typical senior event format: 2 groups of 3 players, with the winners of each group facing each other in final. The match will be played in the best of 3 sets with a match tie-break.

Group A Group B
Ivan Lendl Stefan Edberg
John McEnroe Cédric Pioline
Mats Wilander Guy Forget

Ivan Lendl

* Birthdate: March 7, 1960
* Born: Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1978-1994
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (Feb 28, 1983)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 20 (May 12, 1986)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 94
* Doubles Titles: 6

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1984 French Open Clay John McEnroe 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5
1985 US Open Hard John McEnroe 7–6(1), 6–3, 6–4
1986 French Open (2) Clay Mikael Pernfors 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
1986 US Open (2) Hard Miloslav Mecir 6–4, 6–2, 6–0
1987 French Open (3) Clay Mats Wilander 7–5, 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(3)
1987 US Open (3) Hard Mats Wilander 6–7(7), 6–0, 7–6(4), 6–4
1989 Australian Open Clay Miloslav Mecir 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
1990 Australian Open (2) Hard Stefan Edberg 4–6, 7–6(3), 5–2 retired

Ivan Lendl will end a period of 16 years out of tennis by playing in an ATP Champions Tour for the first time. The former world number one and winner of 8 Grand Slam titles will make his long awaited tour debut at the Lagardère Trophy in Paris. He will face two of his biggest rivals: John McEnroe and Mats Wilander.
Since retiring in 1994, Lendl has barely lifted a tennis racquet, prefering to spend time on golf courses.

If you want to know more about Lendl’s influence on today’s game, read this article: Father of Modern Tennis.

John McEnroe

* Birthdate: February 16, 1959
* Born: Wiesbaden, Germany
* Plays: Left-handed
* Pro career: 1978-1992
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (March 3, 1980)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 1 (January 3, 1983)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 77
* Doubles Titles: 78

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1979 US Open Hard Vitas Gerulaitis 7–5, 6–3, 6–3
1980 US Open (2) Hard Bjorn Borg 7–6, 6–1, 6–7, 5–7, 6–4
1981 Wimbledon Grass Bjorn Borg 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–4
1981 US Open (3) Hard Bjorn Borg 4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
1983 Wimbledon (2) Grass Chris Lewis 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
1984 Wimbledon (3) Grass Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
1984 US Open (4) Hard Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–4, 6–1

John McEnroe now works as a sports commentator in tennis and has regularly appeared in US national telecasts of Grand Slam tennis matches on such networks as CBS, NBC, USA, and ESPN, as has his brother Patrick. He also commentates on Wimbledon for the BBC in the UK.
He recently launched the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in his hometown of New York City.
McEnroe will compete the Jean-Luc Lagardère Cup for the fourth time.

Mats Wilander

* Birthdate: August 22, 1964
* Born: Vaxjo, Sweden
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1981-1996
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (September 12, 1988)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 3 (October 21, 1985)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 33
* Doubles Titles: 7

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1982 French Open Clay Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 7–6(6), 6–0, 6–4
1983 Australian Open Grass Ivan Lendl 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
1984 Australian Open (2) Grass Kevin Curren 6–7(5), 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2
1985 French Open (2) Clay Ivan Lendl 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
1988 Australian Open (3) Hard Pat Cash 6–3, 6–7(3), 3–6, 6–1, 8–6
1988 French Open (3) Clay Henri Leconte 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
1988 US Open Hard Ivan Lendl 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4

Since retiring as a player, he has served as captain of the Swedish Davis Cup team and as coach of Marat Safin, Tatiana Golovin and Paul Henri Mathieu. He also commentates tennis matches on Eurosport.
Find more about Mats on Wilander Tribute.

Stefan Edberg

* Birthdate: January 19, 1966
* Born: Vastervik, Sweden
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1983-1996
* Highest ATP Singles: 1 (Aug 13, 1990)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 1 (June 9, 1986)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 42
* Doubles Titles: 18

GRAND SLAM TITLES

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1985 Australian Open Grass Mats Wilander 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
1987 Australian Open (2) Grass Pat Cash 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(4)
1988 Wimbledon Grass Boris Becker 4–6, 7–6(2), 6–4, 6–2
1990 Wimbledon (2) Grass Boris Becker 6–2, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4
1991 US Open Hard Jim Courier 6–2, 6–4, 6–0
1992 US Open (2) Hard Pete Sampras 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(5), 6–2

For Edberg, it’s the 3rd visit to the Trophée Lagardère. He made his senior debut here in 2008. Despite the tournament being on clay, his least favorite surface, he won the title, beating Sergi Bruguera in the final. Last year, he was defeated by Michael Chang in a rematch of the unforgettable 1989 French Open final, and finished third.

Cédric Pioline

* Birthdate: June 15, 1969
* Born: Neuilly-Seine, France
* Plays: Right-handed
* Pro career: 1989-2002
* Highest ATP Singles: 5 (May 8, 2000)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 93 (January 13, 2003)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 5
* Doubles Titles: 1

Pioline is a two time former Grand Slam finalist, having reached the men’s singles final at the 1993 US Open and at Wimbledon in 1997. On both occasions, he was beaten by Pete Sampras in straight sets.
Pioline is the tournament director of the ATP Masters Series event in Paris Bercy. (Watch out for our Bercy coverage next month).

Guy Forget

* Birthdate: January 1, 1968
* Born: Casablanca, Morocco
* Plays: Left-handed
* Pro career: 1982 -1997
* Highest ATP Singles: 4 (March 25, 1991)
* Highest ATP Doubles: 3 (August 18, 1986)

ATP CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* Singles Titles: 11
* Doubles Titles: 28

Forget reached a career high 4th place ranking in 1991, the year he won 6 titles including the Bercy Masters Series tournament.
He now serves as France’s Davis Cup team captain and tournament director of the ATP Champions Tour event in Paris, the Lagardère Trophy.