McEnroe, Blake, Roddick, and Courier to vie at Connecticut Open

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Tennis luminaries John McEnroe, James Blake, Andy Roddick, and Jim Courier will compete in the Legends Event at the 2015 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, to be held Aug. 21-29, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

“Our 2014 Legends Event was a huge success for the Connecticut Open, and we are expecting the 2015 event to be even better this year with the addition of legendary John McEnroe,” said Anne Worcester, tournament director. “James Blake, Andy Roddick, and Jim Courier will again showcase how mixing humor, fun and great tennis can create a dynamic evening that enhances the overall fan experience at the tournament.”

On Thursday, August 27, Blake will play Roddick on Thursday, Aug. 27, and on McEnroe will battle Courier on Friday, Aug. 28. Both contests will be the second match of the evening session, following the WTA quarterfinal and semifinal match, respectively. The Legends match will be best of three sets, with a super tiebreak for the third set.

McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles and nine-time Grand Slam doubles champion, will be returning to New Haven for the first time since 1992. During his career, he accumulated more than 150 singles and doubles championships, and in 1984 he won two majors (Wimbledon, U.S. Open) and 13 of 15 singles tournaments, and compiled an 82-3 record for the year — which still stands as the best year-long winning percentage on the ATP World Tour. McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.

Blake is a two-time Connecticut Open champion with 10 singles tournaments and seven doubles titles to his name; Roddick is a former World No. 1 player and U.S. Open champion, and Courier, a former World No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam Champion, entertained the crowds over two nights in 2014, and the event drew rave reviews from fans.

Fans can secure their tickets to the Legends matches by purchasing a multiple session package, which provides the best seat locations on the West sideline, and savings up to 27%. The packages include:

After Hours (Aug. 24-29) – Every evening session, including both Legends matches, and Saturday afternoon (Finals)

Final 4 (Aug. 27-29) – Thursday evening (Quarterfinal/Legends), Friday day and evening (Semifinals/Legends), and Saturday (Finals)

Pick 4 (Aug. 23-27) – Four early round sessions including Thursday evening (Quarterfinal/Legends)

In addition, fans can participate in a “Hit with the Legends” Pro-Am experience with these American stars before the matches, enjoy dinner overlooking Stadium Court following the Pro-Am, and attend both evening matches.

For those who want to attend 14 sessions of women’s tennis plus both Legends matches, weeklong box seats are available and provide significant savings and a host of benefits.

For more information about the 2015 Connecticut Open — including multi-session packages, Pro-Am packages, weeklong box seats, sponsorship packages, hospitality, and becoming a volunteer — visit www.ctopen.org or call 1-855-464-8366. Daily tickets for the tournament will be on sale June 9.

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