Another First: Hong Kong and New York to Host Twin BNP Paribas Showdowns on March 4th

Another First: Hong Kong and New York to Host Twin BNP Paribas Showdowns on 
March 4th 
HONG KONG and NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/13 --  BNP
Paribas will this year for the first time be simultaneously
partnering two exciting tennis Showdown events -- in Hong Kong and
New York -- on March 4, designated World Tennis Day. Sponsor of the
BNP Paribas Showdown in New York City since 2008, the Group has just
renewed its title sponsorship for another three years until 2016 and
will now also be partnering an Asian version of the head-to-head
contests on the same day. The Bank has committed to supporting this
event for two years, with the possibility of further extension. 
Organised by StarGames Inc., the BNP Paribas Showdown in Asia marks
the return of elite world tennis to Hong Kong. Agnieska Radwanska vs
Caroline Wozniacki and John McEnroe vs Ivan Lendl will be showing off
their skills during exhibition matches in front of 6,000 spectators
at the AsiaWorld Arena.  
On the same day, over in the United States, the 6th annual BNP
Paribas Showdown will be taking place in New York City. Rafael Nadal,
Juan Martin Del Potro, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will
write a new page in tennis history in front of 18,000 spectators at
the legendary Madison Square Garden.  
"The BNP Paribas Showdown in New York has proved itself a real
success, due to the sheer quality of the event," underlined Michele
Sicard, Managing Director of Corporate Communications, BNP Paribas
Americas, adding: "All the ingredients are there to ensure a unique
sporting attraction for tens of thousands of fans. We are delighted
that, over these last five years, the BNP Paribas brand, an
international leader in banking and financial services, has been
associated with an occasion as popular as this. And now we can hardly
wait to extend the experience to the Showdown being organised in Hong
Kong. Like the United States, Asia Pacific is a territory in which
BNP Paribas has serious ambitions and it is one of our key aims to
accelerate the growing awareness of our brand there. Our tennis
sponsorship will certainly help us to achieve that aim by sharing
some unforgettable moments with the general public." 
Jerry Solomon, President and CEO of Stargames commented: "BNP Paribas
has been with us since we started at Madison Square Garden in 2008,
first as one of the sponsors and then as the title sponsor. They have
been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Showdown in New
York which has been a key factor in our being able to begin the
expansion of the BNP Paribas Showdown and World Tennis Day around the
world starting with this year's BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong. We
look forward to working closely with them in the coming years as we
grow these platforms together."  
In partnering the Showdown in New York since 2008, and now also its
twin event in Hong Kong, BNP Paribas is reaffirming its loyalty and
spirit of innovation to the world of tennis. These two major tennis
events are an important part of BNP Paribas' commitment to tennis all
over the world, not least in the United States, where the Group
already sponsors two tournaments in California, the BNP Paribas Open
in Indian Wells and the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. Just 40
years ago this year, BNP Paribas took its first steps into tennis
sponsorship when, in 1973, the Bank became the official sponsor of
the French Open at Roland Garros. Today, BNP Paribas is the world's
number one partner of tennis. 
BNP Paribas and tennis
 In 2013 BNP Paribas is celebrating the 40th
anniversary of its partnership with the French Open championships at
Roland Garros. This long-term commitment has, over the years, been
extended to all types and levels of tennis all over the world,
including both individual and team competitions, wheelchair tennis,
local family clubs, and from coaching for beginners to the major pro
tournaments. Based on this long experience, BNP Paribas has also
launched the website, a meeting-point where tennis
fans from all over the world can follow the latest news from the ATP,
WTA and ITF circuits. BNP Paribas is today the world number one
partner of tennis. 
Professionnel Tennis: Main sponsor of Roland Garros, Title sponsor of
the TEB-BNP Paribas WTA Championships, sponsor of 4 ATP Masters 1000
(BNP Paribas Masters - Paris, Monte Carlo Rolex Masters,
Internazionali BNL d'Italia - Rome & BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells
), Title sponsor of the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas,
Partner of the Brussels Open with BNP Paribas Fortis, of the Bank of
the West Classic - California, of the Grand Prix Hassan II -
Casablanca, of the Grand Prix SARS Leila Meriem - Fes, of the 'Open
13 - Marseille, of the Moselle Open, of the BGL BNP Paribas
Luxembourg Open, of the AEGON Championships - London, of the Open de
Nice, of the Open Sud de France... 
Exhibitions: BNP Paribas Showdown - NYC et HK, BNP Paribas tennis
classic - Hurlingham, BNP Paribas Zurich Open... 
Wheelchair Tennis: BNP Paribas Open, BNP Paribas World Team Cup... 
Academic & Rising Star Tennis: Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP
Paribas, Master'U BNP Paribas, BNP Paribas Cup, BNP Paribas National
Tennis Academy of Dublin, BNP Paribas Junior Tennis Masters-Athens... 
Amateur Tennis: Sponsor of the BNP Paribas family trophy and more
than 550 tournaments accross the world. Working through partnerships
with more than 20 national tennis federations. Engaged with tens
charities like "fete le mur" as well as mainspring of many social
projects attached to tennis. 
About BNP Paribas
 BNP Paribas ( has a presence in
80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees, including more than
150,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities:
Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment
Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium,
France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the
leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated
retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey,
in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the
United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment
Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in
Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing
businesses in Asia-Pacific.  
StarGames, LLC ( is a fully integrated sports
marketing, management and entertainment company based outside of
Boston, MA. Now in its 18th year, StarGames represents current and
former professional athletes, produces original content for mass
media distribution, operates its own broadband television channels
and produces live and made for television events. In 2008, StarGames
orchestrated the return of tennis to Madison Square Garden with what
is now the BNP Paribas Showdown which has become the crown jewel in
the annual celebration for the sport under the World Tennis Day and
Tennis Night in America umbrella. More recently, StarGames produced
the third season of World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas and
turned the Caesars Tribute figure skating show into an annual salute
to the world's most popular winter sport.  
Press Contacts : 
BNP Paribas 
Global Sports Sponsorship
Elodie Verbeke
+33 (0)6 32 30 03 96 
BNP Paribas USA
Michele Sicard 
Tel 1-212-841-3070 
Cell 1-917-849-9443 
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