Tennis: Ivan Lendl returns after 15 years for exhibition match against ‘80s rival Wilander

11-04-2010

Former World No. 1 in men’s tennis Ivan Lendl played his first match in 15 years on Sunday, an exhibition tournament against former 1980s rival Mats Wilander. The two played just one set at Atlantic City in front of some 7,000 viewers. Lendl lost by a score of 6:3. The player, who gave up the men’s tennis circuit in 1994 due to continuing back problems, is 50 years of age. After the match, Lendl said he had enjoyed playing again, although he also called it frustrating. He said that although he knew exactly where he wanted the ball to go, his accuracy was off. Quipping with opponent Wilander, Lendl said that next time he would "do better".