|Posted on October 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM|
When: Saturday, 30 October 2010
Where: Budapest Sports Arena
What: Sporting and sports-related events
Tennis legends Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Tomas Berdych, Robin Söderling, Mansour Bahrami and Ágnes Szávay play in Budapest.
Veterans of the tennis world are coming to town for the “Tennis Classics” gala at Papp László Budapest Sportaréna on Saturday 30 October. Old-timers such as Mats Wilander, Mansour Bahrami and Ivan Lendl will be joined by young talents including Robin Söderling and Tomas Berdych. Tactical play will be tested against pure power tennis.
That is probably the greatest change that has taken place on the tennis court over the years: tactical play, which was valued so highly by the old players and of course spectators, is being replaced by absolute power. That at least is the view of the gala’s programme director Balázs Taróczy.
Bahrami and Wilander in particular are likely to provide great entertainment. Both were invited to the Tennis Classics gala last year but Wilander had to pull out at the last minute because of a back injury. This year he will take on the Czech Lendl, who led the world rankings for 270 weeks in the 1980s. In one game 22 years ago it took Lendl five sets to overcome his Swedish rival Wilander. Now Wilander will have the chance for revenge in Budapest.
That match will be followed by another Swedish-Czech clash, with Swede Robin Söderling, who is number five in the world, against Czech Tomas Berdych, ranked number seven. Although tough power tennis is likely to be the order of the day instead of entertaining tactics, it promises to be an exciting match between two players that have managed to defeat world number two Roger Federer lately.
This year women will also take part. Hungarian Ágnes Szávay currently number 37 in the WTA rankings will play in a doubles match against Andrea Temesvári, who in her day defeated greats such as Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini and once ranked number seven in the world. The organisers have not yet revealed who their partners will be.