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By Nick Georgandis

London and Bangkok have been announced as the host cities for the second installment of World Tennis Day (WTD), which will take place on March 3, 2014.

The first WTD was held last spring, with New York and Hong Kong acting as host cities. Across the US and other parts of the world, free tennis lessons were provided at local community centers, youth centers and other recreational areas.

High profile players including both current No. 1s - Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams - participated in exhibitions in the host cities, and more top players are expected to be involved in 2014.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and promoter StarGames are the organizers of the event.

"World Tennis Day proved to be a very successful initiative, using high-profile special events to bring attention to the developmental activities of our member nations on every continent," said ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti on Monday.

Although New York City isn't an official host, it has already announced its own star-studded lineup for WTD. Madison Square Garden will play host to an exhibition between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, along with a unique doubles match between brothers Mike and Bob Bryan and retired players John and Patrick McEnroe.