Written by: Stephanie Wetmore
The SportChek Face-Off will return to Canada in November with a new roster of superstar tennis players. Joining Canada’s No. 1 singles player Milos Raonic will be former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, who recently retired from tournament play at the US Open, 15-time Grand Slam champion and recent US Open titlist Serena Williams and current world No. 4 and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanksa. The Sport Chek Face-Off will be held in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on November 16 at 7 p.m.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play this unique event again this year,” said Raonic. “Other than at Rogers Cup once a year and the occasional Davis Cup tie in Canada, I don’t get to play in front of the home crowd very often. This event gives me the chance to play in front of my Toronto fans, friends and family while showcasing some of the all-time great players like Pete Sampras last year and now Andy and Serena. It’s going to be great to give Toronto fans another chance to see world-class tennis again this year.”
“Milos, in a very short period of time, is already one of the big names in tennis,” said Roddick. “This event is a great showcase for him and for tennis and I’m really looking forward to being part of it. I always loved coming to Toronto throughout my career and I missed the chance this summer due to injury before I retired. It will be great to get back there in November for the chance to thank all the fans who supported me over the years.”
In addition to the marquee match-up between two of tennis’ biggest hitters, Raonic and Roddick, the evening will feature a re-match of this year’s Wimbledon final between Williams and Radwanska. The foursome will also pair up for a mixed doubles match, as well as with some special celebrity guests who will join in on the action.
“Milos reminds me so much of Andy and what he did for American tennis when he burst onto the tennis scene with such a huge serve and powerful game,” said Williams. “I am really excited to play in this event with him, Andy and Aga and help support the huge growth of tennis in Canada.” “It is really an honor for me to play with Andy, Milos and Serena in this event,” said Radwanska. “It was a dream come true playing in the Wimbledon finals against Serena and I am so glad I get a chance to play her again in Toronto.”
The Sport Chek Face-Off will be a time for Radwanska and Raonic to seek revenge, as she lost a close three-set match to Williams in the final of Wimbledon this year. Raonic and Roddick only met once on the ATP tour, with Roddick edging Raonic in a dramatic final in Memphis with a diving passing shot on match point to win 7-5 in the third set. With Roddick having a very emotional retirement at the US Open this year and Raonic just reaching a career high world ranking of No. 14, the match will be sure to bring a lot of excitement and competitiveness to Toronto!
Tickets are currently on sale at a special rate for ACE Tennis members! Please contact Craig about ticket information or visit the following link to get a special group discount: faceofftennis.com/groups/ For more event information please visit faceofftennis.com.