“Tennis Hot Shots twisting-turning their racquetball at the 6th Tennis Classics in Budapest”

To-day, the Tennis Classics Press Presentation was held at the Kempinszky Hotel Budapest, whereas the six tennis classic of our world were present. Wasn’t an ordinary press call. Mr. Taróczy made a twist on the usual form of an original press kinda meetings. The tennis players all went through two sets of a so-called quizzy Q. … Each star pulled a leaflet from the bowl, whereas a short  professional story  was read out loud and the others had to guess who they talking about …. a superb way of refreshing the „past years” professional tennis history. By-the-way watching the video below, taken on the venue speaks for itself. Funny and enjoyable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2QOlMR49Ro and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfzbFbJ_kl0

As Balázs Taróczy welcomed the media individuals, and called one-by-one the racquet stars. Also added, quote: „Seeing the number of the high attendances already sold out 6000 tickets, the organizers are working hard at last 24Hs in having more available seats at the Papp László Arena Sport Center. So at least 150 more seats will be open to reserve through the Internet www.eventim.hu  and www.tex.hu website.or on the spot at the box office.  Following the short announcement were introduced this years the 6th Tennis Classics Players:

Pat Rafterfrom Downunder, earned his nickname “Summer Slam” in ’98 when he won in the same year at the Montreal /Toronto, Cincinnati and at the US Open. He was the only Aussie Mate to have won two straight in New York since Neale Fraser in 1959-60. The Aussie Mate surely has a jolly-good sence of humor answering the Q, raised for to him …Quote: „What did you achieved this year?… A: “I achieved to weight 100 kgs.”, saying it along with a wide smile… „but now here in Budapest I am only 95kgs.” He was happy to say how much he was delighted when the organizer called him to participate at the Tennis Classics in Budapest, knowing the racquet players  calender is full year around and coming oer to participate at the Tennis Classics in Budapest will be highly appreciated just like the other grand players. Rafter’s major titles: singles, 1997-98 and Australian doubles, 1999. He also  played a few reserve grade games for the Bombers based in Sydney at  the Sydney’s Football League, ie.: called the North Shore Bombers.

Marcos BaghdatisGreek-Cypriot professional tennis player, specialist in breaking racquets! His temper is high or the racquet is weak … who knows! He was one of only two players who won a set from eventual champion Roger Federer and Andre Agassi. A few years ago within the Adidas program he trained with Gil Reyess, who was previously Agassi’s trainer, and as result 130 kgs in the  lying pressure. As he said, he was always a huge fan of Pat Rafter and is delighted he is here also in Budapest and will be int he same court. He received a special dispensation from Cyprus in 2006 … was acquitted from the military service to focus on tennis. Turned pro 2003, right-handed and two-handed backhand, reached 4 career titles, 8th in the best ranking greatest successes: number 1 in the ITF junior world singles rankings in 2000.

Mats Wilanderfrom Sweden,  former World No. 1 tennis player. Wilander one of only five men along with … Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer … to have won Grand Slam singles titles on grass hard and clay courts. In Genf, to two Swedish guys met on the tennis court in September, 1981., and lost his only career match against Björn Borg at 6:1., 6:1., At the time being Wilander was only 17 years-old.

Gael Monfils … from France, turned pro in : 2004, plays right-handed  and two-handed backhand. In the Grand Slam Singles Australian Open 2009, French Open 2008, Wimbledon 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, US Open 2010. one of the real runner ups!

Tommy Haas … from Germany, turned pro in 1996, plays right-handed and one-handed backhand. As the saying says … “You can’t start early enough” He began playing at age the four with his father, who is Austrian and a former European champion in judo and ex-schoolmate of Hollywood star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. Grand Slam Singles: Australian Open 1999, 2002, 2007. French Open, Wimbledon 2009. US Open 2004, 2006, 2007. Also played a great slam at the Olympic Games, winning the Silver medal in 2000.

Jo Wilfried Tsonga … from France. France from year-to-year brought classics tennis players to the world. Tsonga was one of them who busted a flame by  his virtue performance in the 2008 at the Australian Open. His nickname is Ali, cause his face resembles to Muhammad Ali. Plays right-handed and two-handed backhand.Grand Slam Singles: Australian Open 2008, French Open 2013, Wimbledon 2011, 2012, US Open 2011 Other Doubles at the Olympic Games, winning the Silver medal in 2012.

Needn’t wish to end this update before not saying a word or two about Balázs Taróczy, who also was a major individual on the tennis courts. Now-a-days a retired tennis player, but one of the game’s premier doubles artists, Balázs and partner Heinz Gunthardt surged from the pack to win the 1985 Wimbledon doubles title. The duo played beautifully on the historic center court at the All-England Club to defeat Pat Cash-John Fitzgerald in four sets … Member of the Hungarian Davis Cup team 1973-85 … Despite playing part-time, still managed to finish in the top 50 doubles at No. 45 in 1989.

Now it is up to tennis lovers to put on their running shoes and head to get the one time ticket for tomorrow’s Grand Tennis Classics Night!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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