Tennis legends share life lessons, showcase sport at Convocation

Liberty University’s Vines Center was transformed into a professional tennis arena for Monday morning’s Convocation, which set the stage for the evening’s PowerShares Series tournament, a first-ever visit to Lynchburg, Va. (Read an online recap of Monday evening’s PowerShares tournament and see a photo gallery below.)

The morning event provided a unique opportunity for Liberty students and leaders to challenge some of the greatest legends in the history of the sport, including International Tennis Hall of Fame inductees John McEnroe, Michael Chang, and Andy Roddick.

Liberty Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development David Nasser and President Jerry Falwell both came dressed to play and mixed it up with the professionals in a “King of the Hill” contest at the close of Convocation.

Falwell returned Chang’s second serve and exchanged several ground strokes with the former French Open champion before being eliminated when he approached the net and was unable to retreat in time to return Chang’s lob.

Dillon Segur, a former Liberty No. 1 men’s tennis player and now an LU Shepherd, knocked out two tennis legends, hitting a cross-court winner to catch Chang off guard before pouncing on a McEnroe drop shot and passing him down the line.

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