Sunday, April 8, 2012

2012 FCC presents 40 - LOVE exhibition tennis

Stubbs,  Navratilova, Evert and McEnroe at 40- LOVE

Gov. Nikki Haley salutes the Original Nine

McEnroe and Jensen debate a close call down the line

Hingis, Austin and Krickstein at 40 - LOVE
The 40th anniversary of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament continued with what was billed as a night of empowerment, recognizing the 'original 9' of women's pro tennis. These notable nine ladies were on hand with Bille Jean King being the most high-profile name, and she was a huge fan favorite. The original nine were credited with bringing equal pay to women's tennis tourneys, and for bringing women's tennis to the threshold of popularity that it still enjoys today. S.C. Governor Nikki Haley was on stadium court for the 7 p.m. recognition service, and told FCC fans that she herself grew up playing tennis and that she was glad to help celebrate the 40th anniversary. Immediately following the 40 - LOVE program was some exhibition tennis that involved past FCC champions and a couple of men's tennis pros too! John McEnroe was back on court at the FCC for the second straight year and was joined by Aaron Krickstein. Representing the ladies were Christ Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Martina Hingis and Rennae Stubbs. These great pros played tennis all 'miced up' so that everyone could enjoy their commentary about being in Charleston, or saluting a competitor's shot. Of course in the case of John McEnroe, who is still razor sharp on the tennis court, it's usually a close call down the line that brings him, the umpire and the line judge together for a bit of a 'sporting' conversation. McEnroe and others support the World Team Tennis format that will return to Daniel Island over September 14 - 16 for their 2012 Finals Weekend.

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