A bittersweet farewell tennis exhibition at St. Andrews CC
BOCA RATON, FL – The February 10, 2015, “reunion match” between tennis greats, Jimmy Connors and Aaron Krickstein, has already made history. All the dynamics, emotions, and pre-match jitters were combined and focused on one day, one time, one place, and two champions at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. The pain, disappointment, and strain that kept the two players apart for over two decades completely disappeared. Aaron Krickstein flashed big smiles during media interviews, while Connors reminisced about the 1991 U.S. Open match against his protégé and admitted it was the toughest of his career. The two players exchanged lighthearted quips and barbs during the press conference, with an underlying layer of mutual respect, which was later referred to as a lovefest. “It is fitting,” said Jimmy Connors, “that the last tennis match I will ever play in public is against my toughest opponent, Aaron Krickstein.” The 800-seat stadium at St. Andrews was filled to capacity, with members of the luxury country club rising numerous times to deliver standing ovations. Krickstein prevailed over his former nemesis, winning the 8-game, pro set match, 8-5. The exchange of witty banter and jokes between the players were flying faster than Krickstein’s 115 mph serve. Tennis Channel commentator and former No. 5 player in the world, Jimmy Arias, was the match’s moderator and chair umpire. His flippant humor was quick and upbeat, jabbing at Connors’ antics and Krickstein’s pace of play. The flashback scene to the 1991 U.S. Open was complete when David Littlefield, the infamous chair umpire who had weathered Connors’ rants, was introduced at the end of the match. Following the exhibition, the festivities continued at a Grand Slam Party at the club. About St. Andrews Country Club St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., is a resident-only Platinum Club of America and Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, is ranked in the Top 10 of America’s Healthiest Clubs, and is internationally recognized for magnificent estate residences. The Club features superior tennis amenities, and two 18-hole championship golf courses, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Design®. St. Andrews has played host to numerous PGA golf exhibitions and is the home course of LPGA Tour professional and resident Morgan Pressel.