Each year, Yankee Stadium hosts an Old Timer's exhibition before the real game and it's a lot of fun to watch the stars of yesterday for a few innings. On Feb. 28, Madison Square Garden is hosting an Old Timer's tennis exhibition and it's the main event.
John McEnroe (52) will play Ivan Lendl (50) and Pete Sampras (40) will battle Andre Agassi (40). Courtside tickets for the high drama of this practice session of former players are going for $2,000 on Stubhub. If anyone doubted whether we are the tennis capital of the world, the popularity of this event definitively puts that argument to rest!
Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.