Former stars of the ATP Tour including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, James Blake, and Mark Philippoussis square off in the PowerShares QQQ Challenge in Chicago, Illinois on April 2nd.
These aren’t your run-of-the-mill players; eligible players competing on the Champions Series have either held a top-5 singles ranking; been a Grand-Slam singles finalist, or a singles player on a championship Davis Cup team during their ATP tour playing careers. The Champions Series consists of tournaments played by tennis legends a highly competitive, fan-friendly, round robin format with a champion crowned on the last day of each event.
On Thursday, tennis stars Blake, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick will face off in the mini tournament. Each tournament puts four Champions together in a one set semifinals and results with the winners meeting in a one-set championship match.
At 6:30 p.m. in the Sears Centre, the first semifinal is between McEnroe and Courier, and the second pins together Roddick and Blake, who have had plenty of experience going against each other on the ATP tour. The two winners will play a one set final directly after the second semifinal.
According to the event page, tickets are starting at $38.00 and go as high as $253.
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Philippoussis took home the first PowerShares series event in Utah in a final against Agassi. The players make their own line calls, and have unlimited challenges supported by HawkEye system. The players had fun with it, as Blake threw up his hands like he didn’t see the serve of Philippoussis first serve.