Monday, 8 November 2010

McEnroe v Borg in Doha


Tennis legends John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg will once again come face to face as they play an exhibition match in Doha on November 16 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

The match is set to be staged in Qatar as part of the Aspire4Sport, Sports Congress and Exhibition. Both McEnroe and Borg will join several other sporting greats in Doha during the four-day event.
McEnroe and Borg have previously played in Doha.

The organisers of the event said yesterday that the match will be part of the Aspire4Sport and will be held on the second day of the four-day Congress.

“As part of the Aspire4Sport Sports Congress and Exhibition, we have lined up several activities and John 

McEnroe-Bjorn Borg match is a part of this,” they said at the Aspire Academy. The Congress will be held at the Aspire Dome.

“I am extremely excited about being part of the Aspire4Sport event in Doha. And of course getting on the court again with my rival and good friend Bjorn Borg,” said McEnroe.

During their playing days, McEnroe of the US and Swedish Borg had enjoyed a great rivalry on the court. 

Both had held the world number ranking.

McEnroe and Borg met each other 14 times with the honours even at 7-7.

The 54-year-old Borg won 11 Grand Slam singles titles between 1974 and 1981. This included five successive Wimbledon titles and four consecutive French Open honours. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam titles (three Wimbledon and four at US Open).

The tickets for the match will be available at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex and also at few shopping malls in Doha, the organisers said.

The four-day extravaganza at Aspire Dome will also see Qatar honouring former football World Cup stars during the international friendly between Argentina and Brazil on November 17.

Retired French World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane, former Argentine World Cup winner Mario Kempes, another World Cup winner Brazilian Carlos Alberto, Cameroon’s Roger Milla are among those who will be honoured before the start of the Argentina-Brazil match at the Khalifa Stadium.

Manchester United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, Olympic champion Michael Johnson, Sir Frank Williams, founder and manager of Williams Formula One team, Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello are among the top sporting dignitaries who will be in Doha.

Courtesy: The Peninsula

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