Miss the tennis stars you followed closely in the last decade? Stars like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, James Blake, and Mark Philippoussis?
Well you’re in luck—former tennis stars will get back onto the court during the Powershares Tennis Series. The Champions Series, which has been sponsored by PowerShares QQQ since 2011, consists of tournaments where former ATP legends of compete in a round robin format with a champion crowned on the last day of each event.
The Champions Cup Presented by Woods Park Tennis will bring tennis icons and former ATP champions James Blake, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick. Each tournament puts four Champions together in a one set semifinals and results with the winners meeting in a one-set championship match. The 12-city tour ends on May 2nd with a stop in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Champions Cup will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 1st at 7:00 p.m., the first semifinal is between McEnroe and Courier, and the second pins together Roddick and Blake, who have had many ATP matches against each other. The two winners will play a one set final directly after the second semifinal.
The Champions Tennis Series will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the home of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. According to the event page, tickets are starting at $37.80 ($25 plus fees) go as high as $195 (211.45 with fees) through TicketMaster.com.
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In the opening event of the 2015 PowerShares Series circuit, Philippoussis beat Agassi 7-6(4) in the final from the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah. The event was the first pro event to only use Hawk-Eye technology for line calls. Players had to make their own line calls but had unlimited challenges.