The Connecticut Open tennis tournament has announced that the lineup has been set for this year’s edition of its popular men’s legends event. One of a series of special events during the weeklong women’s professional tournament, held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, the 2018 legends competition will feature James Blake, Tommy Haas, Todd Martin, and John McEnroe.
Yale community members can watch both the men’s and women’s matches at a discount thanks to special ticket offers available throughout the tournament (see details below).
Haas — the former world’s no. 2 player and a silver medalist at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 — is a newcomer this year to legends competition. The event, part of a circuit covering nine U.S. states and Toronto, is limited to retired champions over the age of 30. Haas, a winner of 15 career singles titles, only recently retired from the men’s professional tour. He reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1999, 2002, and 2007, and the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2009. Since 2016 he has been the director of the BNP Paribas Open, a men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California.
On the evening of Thursday, Aug. 23, Haas will square off against another former pro and current tournament director, Blake, who grew up in Fairfield, has headlined every edition of the Connecticut Open’s legends draw. In January he was tapped to lead the Miami Open, the so-called “fifth grand slam” of tennis.
The winner of the match between Blake and Haas will return to the courts the following night to meet the victor in a second semifinal, held on Friday, Aug. 24, between McEnroe and Martin. McEnroe, a hall of famer since 1999, holds 16 grand slam trophies in singles and doubles combined; this will be his third appearance in New Haven. Martin is a two-time grand slam finalist who now serves as chief executive of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. He is returning to legends competition for the first time since 2015.