BNP Paribas Showdown Preview Show
Friday, March 1 – 5:30 p.m. on MSG+ (11:30 p.m. on MSG)
Special Presentation of the BNP Paribas Showdown – Sunday, March 17
Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka – 7:00 p.m. on MSG+
Rafael Nadal vs. Juan Martin del Potro – 9:00 p.m. on MSG+
New York, NY (February 27, 2013) – Before four of the biggest names in tennis take the court at Madison Square Garden, MSG Networks will present “The World of Tennis: BNP Paribas Showdown Preview” show on Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. on MSG+ with an encore presentation at 11:30 p.m. on MSG. The sixth annual BNP Paribas Showdown will take place Monday, March 4 at Madison Square Garden and will feature Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and Juan Martin del Potro (tickets available at www.thegarden.com).
Later in the month, on Sunday, March 17, MSG Networks will showcase the 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown in a special presentation starting at 7:00 p.m. on MSG+ with Azarenka vs. Williams followed by Nadal vs. del Potro at 9:00 p.m. MSG’s Al Trautwig will call the two matches with former professional tennis player Katrina Adams, while Rennae Stubbs, who retired in 2011, will report courtside.
Friday’s 30-minute preview show will feature comments from all four players and includes a discussion with Nadal about his continued recovery from last year’s knee injury, as well as his thoughts on playing at Madison Square Garden.
“In the beginning, we thought that the injury was going to be three weeks or four weeks, then I couldn’t play the Olympics, and that was a low moment,” said Nadal. “You work hard every day in the gym, you go every day to rehabilitation…I will keep fighting to keep doing what I love to do – that’s play tennis.”
“I think that playing in Madison Square Garden is something that everyone wants to do,” said Nadal about playing in The World’s Most Famous Arena for the first time. “I will be there trying to enjoy the experience and trying to have a good show for the fans. I love New York.”
Like Nadal, Del Potro and Azarenka will be making their Madison Square Garden debuts on March 4. This will mark Williams’ third appearance in the BNP Paribas Showdown at The Garden.
The BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by MSG Sports and StarGames and exclusively features players who have won Grand Slams or have been ranked No. 1 in the World, if not both. Players who have participated include: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic. In 2011, four legends of the game took to the court when Ivan Lendl squared off against John McEnroe followed by Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Roger Federer and Andy Roddick have also participated in the event.
The Madison Square Garden Arena has been host to some of the greatest matches and biggest names in tennis for more than 80 years. The men’s and women’s year-end tour championships took place at The Garden from 1977-1989 and 1979-2000, respectively, and featured the likes of Björn Borg and Martina Navratilova.
MSG Networks is the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants. MSG Networks also telecasts over 100 live college basketball games and over 40 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, Conference USA), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2012, MSG Networks earned 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG – tops in the New York region for the third year in a row – and two for MSG+. Over the past five years, MSG Networks has totaled 77 New York Emmy Awards, including 69 for MSG – also the most of any New York station or network in that time – and eight for MSG+.