Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Mark Philippoussis, Andy Roddick to play in Birmingham on Feb. 13, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Four former tennis greats – including three Grand Slam champions – are set to compete in the Powershares Series Champions Shootout on Feb. 13, 2014, according to an announcement sent to members of the United States Tennis Association.
The Powershares Series is a 12-city tour that features four tennis legends per site. Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Mark Philippoussis and Andy Roddick are set to appear at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
Other players appearing on various stops in the series are Michael Chang, Todd Martin, Pete Sampras, Mats Wilander, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, James Blake and Ivan Lendl. Connors, Lendl, McEnroe and Wilander will appear in Nashville on March 12.
Tickets are on sale now exclusively to members of the U.S. Tennis Association for up to a 15 percent discount at www.PowerSharesSeries.com, www.TicketMaster.com, at the BJCC box office or by calling 800-745-3000. Event tickets starting at $25 will be available at each of the ticketing outlets above to all consumers starting Tuesday, Oct. 22. VIP packages will also be available Oct. 22 online at PowerSharesSeries.com, by email to VIP@insideoutse.com, or by phone at (253) 315-4299.
Roddick was the top American man in professional tennis over the last 10 years, winning the 2003 U.S. Open while also posting runner-up finishes at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009. He achieved the world No. 1 ranking in 2003 and guided the United States to the Davis Cup title in 2007 – the first championship for the U.S. in 12 years. He concluded his likely Hall of Fame career at the 2012 U.S. Open.
McEnroe won seven majors singles titles in his career along with 10 other majors in doubles and mixed doubles. He won the U.S. Open four times and Wimbledon three times and helped the United States to the Davis Cup title five times.
McEnroe captured 77 career singles titles and 78 career doubles titles, his last being in San Jose, California in 2006 at the age of 47. The left-hander, who will turn 55 on Feb. 9, has continued his play, winning numerous champions events around the world in singles and doubles since his final full-time year on the ATP Tour in 1992.
Courier won a pair of French and Australian Open singles titles in the early 1990s when he became the first American to reach the No. 1 ranking since McEnroe in 1985. Courier was also the youngest player to reach all four major singles finals in a career when he reached the Wimbledon final in 1993 at age 22.
Courier also guided the U.S. to Davis Cup titles in 1992 and 1995 and currently serves as the U.S. team captain.
Philippoussis rocked the tennis world with one of the most ferocious serves the game has seen that earned him the nickname of “Scud.” He reached the final of the U.S. Open in 1998, falling to Patrick Rafter, and at Wimbledon in 2003, losing to Roger Federer. He also helped Australia win the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003.
The full 2014 Power Shares Series schedule with field of players are as follows:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Centre – Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang
Thursday, Feb. 6, Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena – Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang
Thursday, Feb. 13, Birmingham, Ala., Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Friday, Feb. 14, Indianapolis, Indiana, Bankers Life Fieldhouse – John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Wednesday, Feb. 19, Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Thursday, Feb. 20, Houston, Texas, Toyota Center – Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake
Tuesday, Feb. 25, Salt Lake City, Utah, Energy Solutions Arena – Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake
Wednesday, Feb. 26, Sacramento, California, Sleep Train Arena – Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake
Thursday, Feb. 27, Portland, Oregon, Moda Center – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake
Wednesday, March 12 Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander
Thursday, March 13, Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Warner Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander
Friday, March 21, Surprise, Arizona, Surprise Stadium – Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Michael Chang
After Oct. 22, USTA members get a 10 percent discount. Both discounts exclude P1 seats. For more information, go to PowerSharesSeries.com.