Agassi, McEnroe, Courier, Blake — a night of tennis in Portland worth watching

Portland has been the scene of some memorable moments in the sport of tennis — Davis Cup ties in 1981, ’84 and ’97, a couple of seasons of World Team Tennis, the pro debut of 14-year-old Tracy Austin, the pro breakthrough of 17-year-old Boris Becker and exhibitions featuring most of the game’s greats, including Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and Monica Seles.

The PowerShares Series tour stop at the Moda Center next Feb. 27 trumps none of those. But for a city starved for major events — especially in tennis — I’ll sign on quickly as an advocate.

John McEnroe, Agassi, Jim Courier and James Blake will display their talents in what I’d label a competitive exhibition as part of a 12-city tour involving former greats over the age of 30.

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