Legends bounce back for more fun

Tennis Hall of Fame legends, Grand Slam Champions, World No. 1 players and celebrity guests are on the tennis courts at Camana Bay for two nights of exhibition entertainment next month as the Legends of Tennis returns for its 12th year. 

The events on Feb. 13 and 14 include men’s singles, mixed doubles and celebrity doubles. This year’s players are Anna Kournikova, Lindsay Davenport, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Murphy Jensen and special guest Sir Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin Group. 

“It’s exciting to be returning to Cayman and to be playing again in the Legends Tennis tournament,” Sir Richard said.  

“My trip down in 2012 was a wonderful one benefiting local nonprofit Junior Achievement at Camana Bay and Virgin Unite, the nonprofit foundation of Virgin Group. I look forward to visiting again, participating in the Summit, seeing familiar faces and chasing the ball.” 

Legends Tennis will take place on a new court facility, with stadium seating to create an intimate setting for around 1,000 people.  

“We are very excited to bring the Legends Tennis event back to the Cayman Islands with some of the most recognizable names in tennis,” said Jeff Wight, event director.  

“Legends is set to be an amazing two days of fun and entertaining tennis for all ages and will be a great way to open our brand new tennis facility at Camana Bay.”  

Kournikova, a former world No. 1 doubles player, won the Australian open in 1999 and 2002, both times with Martina Hingis.  

Korunikova was also a top 10 singles player, reaching a No. 8 world ranking in 2000.  

Since retiring from tennis, she appeared as a trainer on Season 12 of “The Biggest Loser” TV series and served as a global ambassador for Population Services International’s “Five & Alive” program, addressing health crises facing children. 

Davenport, a former world No. 1 player, has three Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic gold medal in singles, and she held the world No. 1 ranking on eight occasions. Davenport was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Roddick was the top American tennis player for nearly a decade. He finished nine consecutive seasons in the top 10 in the ATP rankings and reached No. 1 in the rankings in 2003. Roddick, best known for his powerful serve, won the 2003 U.S. Open and reached four other Grand Slam finals. 

In the early ‘90s Courier dominated the circuit with a game he fashioned out of grit, determination and a punishing inside-out forehand. In 2005, he was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

Jensen is best known for winning the 1993 French Open doubles title with his brother Luke. Since retiring from tennis, Jensen has acted in films such as “Wimbledon,” and more recently “Tennis, Anyone.”  

He has also hosted several programs on the Tennis Channel, including “Open Access” and “Murphy’s Guide.” He is currently the coach of the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis team. 

Jim-Courier

Jim Courier has won the Legends tournament twice here.

Anna-Kournikova

Anna Kournikova was a crowd favorite.
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