April 23, 2009
More Tennis Greats Revealed from
EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis
Last week, EA unveiled the first 13
players in EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis. Here are the remaining legends and
tennis greats in the game:
Andy Murray (GBR) – With Federer,
Nadal and Djokovic already confirmed for Grand Slam Tennis, we round out the
current “Big 4” with rising star Andy Murray. With a game that exclusively
features Wimbledon, Murray is an ideal fit as he’s sure to electrify the home
Chris Evert (USA) – America’s tennis
darling in the 70s and 80s is another headlining legend in Grand Slam Tennis.
Would you take up the challenge to replicate her mind-boggling 125 match winning
streak on clay? It spanned almost 6 years from 1973 to 1979. Evert retired in
1989 with 18 Grand Slam titles.
Martina Navratilova (USA) – Replay a
classic tennis rivalry with Navratilova versus Evert. The two met 77 times in
their careers, making up one of the most epic rivalries in tennis history.
Navratilova retired from singles competition in 1994 but played doubles into her
50s! Like Evert, she holds 18 Grand Slam titles and a record nine from
Pat Cash (AUS) – The Aussie who made
the checkered sweatband famous is pulling double duty in Grand Slam Tennis,
appearing as not just a player but as a commentator as well. Now you can relive
Cash’s Wimbledon triumph from 1987 in the game.
Justine Henin (BEL) – One of the
greatest player of her generation retired early and still in her prime but you
can play as or against the Belgian in Grand Slam Tennis. Dominate at Roland
Garros just as Henin did, winning four straight titles on the clay in Paris.
Michael Stich (GER) – The late 80s
and early 90s were a great time for German tennis and part of that was thanks to
1991 Wimbledon champion Michael Stich. Perhaps he is best known for teaming up
with John McEnroe and winning the 1992 Wimbledon doubles title in a marathon
5-set match that lasted five hours.
Lindsay Davenport (USA) – Can you
strike the ball as crisply and cleanly as 3-time Grand Slam champion Davenport?
Known as one of the best and purest ball strikers in tennis history, the
American, finished number one in the world for four years and earned more than
$22-million in prize money.
Kei Nishikori (JPN) – The teenager
Nishikori has celebrity status in Japan and has already been touted as a future
top-5 player by Radael Nadal. Last year he received the "Newcomer of the Year"
award, which was voted on by all the players on the ATP Tour.
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) – Play as the
fiery Aussie and fist pump your way to a Wimbledon and U.S. Open title as Hewitt
did. If the competitive, counter punching style appeals to you, the former world
number one is in-game pro for you.
Venus Williams (USA) – Can you
dominate on the grass of Centre Court like 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus
Williams? She joins her sister Serena in the all-star player line-up for EA
SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis. Venus has also won a pair of U.S. Open titles.
There you have it; 23 players that
make up the roster for EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis. With a combined 135 Grand
Slam titles and 50 Wimbledon titles, this just may be the greatest and most
accomplished group of players for any tennis videogame. The full list can be
EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis for the
WIi ships to North American retailers on June 15 and for Xbox 360 and
Playstation 3 later in 2009.