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Legends John and Patrick McEnroe set to play the first ever tennis match in the Serengeti National Park

Two International Tennis legends John and Patrick McEnroe are expected to play the first ever tennis match in the heart of the Serengeti on December 4, 2023.

Patrick McEnroe is the current President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

His older brother John Patrick McEnroe is even a bigger force to reckon with.

John McEnroe happens to be the only male player in tennis history to hold the world Number 1 ranking in both singles and doubles simultaneously.

Simply known as ‘Epic Tanzania,’ the two MacEnroe brothers will headline the world’s first Serengeti Safari and Tennis Match to Africa.

Hosted by the duo celebrity tennis players John and Patrick McEnroe, the main tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The tour features a historic first ever tennis match in the Serengeti, as its highlight.

But in between the sporting event there will be exhilarating excursions, premier sightseeing, luxury lodging, and cultural treats, including a journey down the Ngorongoro Crater.

Members of the Epic Tanzania Delegation are expected to jet into the country on the first day of December 2023.

They include the two legends, other tennis players as well as fans of both the sport and Serengeti attractions.

The following day, the itinerary takes participants to play a curtain-raiser tennis game at the Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate (Kili Golf) sandwiched between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

Tennis in unlikely venue

Later it will be a chartered flight to Seronera airstrip in the Serengeti National Park.

The delegates will be staying at the Four Seasons Serengeti Safari Lodge.

A scenic safari game drive in Tanzania’s third largest National Park will follow.

There will be a full day of tennis, spa and optional conservation activities at the Four Seasons Lodge, in Serengeti, including a guided 90-minute walk through the bush on the day before the big match.

The day will wind up with a sunset safari game drive followed by an authentic dining experience hosted by members of the indigenous Maasai community.

Even on the day of the big tennis match in Serengeti, the delegates will start with an early morning Game Drive on December 4, 2023.

Legendary siblings in Serengeti

The world will then witness the two legends; John and Patrick McEnroe do something that has never been done before, as they play the maiden tennis match in the heart of the Serengeti.

Afterwards the McEnroe brothers will host a special dinner reception to commemorate their historic tennis match inside the world-famous National Park.

On the following day the participants will take part in a Volley.

A volley or flight in tennis is a shot where the ball gets struck before it bounces on the ground.

It means that the player hits a volley while standing near the net, although it can be executed farther back, in the middle of the tennis court or even near the baseline.

The follow-up tennis Volley will take place in the endless plains on December 5, 2023, shortly after the participants get to view the entire landscape from a hot air balloon flight.

The journey back to Arusha City will be done on safari vehicles so that the team may sample the adjacent wildlife-filled Ngorongoro Crater along the route.

That will be in addition to mingling with the Maasai who co-exist with wildlife in the Conservation Area.

Brothers in Tennis

Born on the first day of July 1966, in Manhasset, New York, Patrick William McEnroe is a former U.S professional tennis player and former captain of the United States Davis Cup team.

Patrick McEnroe won one singles title and 16 doubles titles, including the 1989 French Open.

Patrick’s career-high rankings have been recorded as world Number 3 in doubles and World Number 28 in singles.

His brother, John McEnroe Junior, who was born on February 16, 1959, is also a former American professional tennis player famous for his shot-making and volleying skills.

John McEnroe is the only male player in tennis history to hold the world Number 1 ranking in both singles and doubles.

John climaxed his tennis career with 77 singles titles on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour and 77 doubles titles. He is the only male player to win more than 70 titles.

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