Found December 08, 2011 on Tennis Panorama :

MSG Sports and StarGames Inc. announced on Thursday that the companies will join forces with evenko to  present The Montreal Rendezvous on March 2, 2012 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.


The Montreal Rendezvous, a collaboration between the Bell Centre’s production arm evenko, MSG Sports and StarGames Inc. is a new tennis event saluting the great past and current champions of the game which will make its debut in Montreal, Canada March 2, 2012 and showcase tennis icons Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang competing in the inaugural winter tennis event.

The Montreal Rendezvous adds to MSG Sports and StarGames Inc.’s tennis platform which includes the annual BNP Paribas Showdown, the world’s most unique one-night tennis exhibition which debuted in 2008. The 2012 event is scheduled for March 5 at Madison Square Garden featuring matches between Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova as well as Andy Roddick against Roger Federer.  Past participants have included Federer, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Lendl, John McEnroe, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

“Expanding MSG Sports to include partnerships and events outside of our venues is a key part of the growth strategy for our business,” said Scott O’Neil, president, MSG Sports. “We have produced and promoted tennis events for more than 80 years at The World’s Most Famous Arena, and most recently had great success with the annual BNP Paribas Showdown produced in partnership with StarGames. We are excited to partner once again with StarGames, and new partner evenko, to expand our presence in the tennis world with The Montreal Rendezvous, which is sure to be another must-see night of tennis.”


“The growth of our partnership with MSG Sports opens up exciting new opportunities for us in tennis and other sports,” said StarGames President and Rendezvous Executive Producer Jerry Solomon. “Having MSG as part of the Rendezvous will help us establish it as an important annual event and a “must-have” ticket.”


The Montreal Rendezvous will feature matches that highlight two of the game’s great rivalries.  The evening will open with Jimmy Connors taking on Ivan Lendl in an 8 game pro-set.  Connors and Lendl faced each other 35 times in their careers with Lendl having bested Connors 22 times. Andre Agassi and Michael Chang will follow in a best of three set match.

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