Australian standout Nick Kyrgios has been added to the roster of stars competing at the Annual Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit Night, set for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at SPORTIME Stadium on Randall's Island. The 20-year-old Kyrgios will battle 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the featured singles match of the evening.
Hall of Famer and former world number one John McEnroe will also participate in the event. The evening will include pro-celebrity doubles action, featuring Johnny Mac and friends, promising junior players from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, a lively auction and great hospitality, with all net proceeds to support the efforts of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Kyrgios has reached the quarterfinals at two Grand Slam events: Wimbledon in 2014, where he defeated Nadal in the fourth round, and this year's Australian Open. Currently ranked 37th in the ATP Men’s Singles Rankings, Kyrgios also reached the fourth round at this year's Wimbledon and the third round at the French Open, and defeated Roger Federer at the Masters 1000 event in Madrid this past May. His career also includes an Australian Open Junior Singles Title in 2013 and a Junior Doubles Championships at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2012.
“Nick is one of the up-and-coming popular players on Tour,” said McEnroe. “He has a fun, all-out style on the court, and I think fans will enjoy watching him compete against Rafa in the main singles matchup.”
JMTA provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP Benefit Nights in previous years have featured Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012), Jim Courier (2013) and Novak Djokovic (2014). JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided more than $2 million in scholarships and no-cost programming to young players in New York City and its surrounding communities. SPORTIME Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.