James Blake began playing tennis as a member of the Harlem Junior Tennis Program at age 5. As a child, he had to overcome severe scoliosis which forced him to wear a back brace 18 hours a day. Blake, best known for his speed and powerful forehand, reached 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals and, in 2006, became the first African-American player since Arthur Ashe to reach the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings.
In the early 90s he dominated the men’s professional tennis circuit with a game he fashioned out of grit, determination and a punishing insideout forehand. He was the first in his class – which included Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi – to hold the No. 1 world ranking. In 2005, Jim was elected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
McEnroe burst onto the international tennis scene while still a student at Stanford University. In 1977 he broke through from the qualifying rounds to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. He turned pro the following year.
Mardy Fish is a former world no. 7 and U.S. number 1 singles player. He reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinals at the 2007 Australian Open, knocking off the 4th seed Ivan Ljubicic before losing to Andy Roddick. Fish reached 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals, the 2004 Olympic final and won 14 career ATP titles.
- 10:00 AM - Play with the Pros Session A (Courier/Fish)
- 11:00 AM - Play with the Pros Session B (McEnroe/Blake)
- 12:30 PM - Player Party Experience
- 1:00 PM - Doors Open to General Public
- 1:30 PM - Backstage Experience
- 2:00 PM - Semi-final #1 Fish/Blake
- 3:00 PM - Semi-final #2 McEnroe/Courier
- 4:00 PM - Finals
- 5:00 PM - Event Conclusion