2017 US Open women’s champion Sloane Stephens and 2017 Wimbledon junior champion Claire Liu made their presence felt in the opening match of ‘Legends at Camana Bay’ Friday 12 February . Stephens played alongside 12-time Grand Slam winner Jimmy Connors, while Liu teamed with 4-time grand slam winner Pat Cash in mixed doubles. Both Connors and Cash left impressed.
“I told Sloane, I could hear the ball coming off her racket, she hits the ball so solid. She’s the US Open champion, what do you expect?” said the 65-year-old Connors.
“Mixed doubles was fun, with Sloane being the champion she is, and Claire, she’s got a great future” said Cash.
Cash, 52, added sharing the court with Connors, whose record of 109 titles in the Open era still stands today, was a personal highlight.
“He was one of my heroes growing up, I was wanted to play like Jimmy. We played each other many times.”
Connors, who was known for his high energy and fierce competitiveness over his 24-year career, says he hoped fans left with a glimpse of his old self, even if he wasn’t exactly the player they once knew.
“I don’t know if that’s possible anymore but that’s as good as I have at the moment. I hoped they enjoyed it.”
The second match of the evening saw Liu and Stephens go head-to-head, while six-time Grand Slam winner Stefan Edberg played Cash in the final match of the night.