LAS VEGAS INFORMER: TENNIS LEGENDS ANDRE AGASSI, JOHN MCENROE, JIM COURIER AND MICHAEL CHANG TO COMPETE IN THE CTCA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LAS VEGAS
InsideOut Sports & Entertainment Tennis legends Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Michael Chang will be competing in the CTCA Championship as part of the PowerShares Series Tour at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas Nov. 17. Formerly known as the Champions Series, the PowerShares Series will visit a total of 12 U.S. cities during its seven-week season.
In addition to Agassi, McEnroe, Courier and Chang, the tour, produced by legendary impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, Pat Rafter and Mats Wilander, as well as Davis Cup Champion Todd Martin. The athletes will be competing for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season. Each PowerShares Series tournament will showcase four of the legendary players competing for ranking points playing in two, 1-set semifinals followed by a 1-set championship match.
Pete Sampras finished the 2011 season as the No. 1 ranked player, followed by Jim Courier and Andre Agassi.
“We are thrilled to be coming back to Las Vegas with another star-studded line up for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships,” said Jim Courier. “Andre toughed me out in the semis in last year’s tournament and I will be ready for another battle this year.”
“The name change to PowerShares Series tennis reflects our ongoing support for this highly successful tour which has garnered valuable exposure for PowerShares QQQ,” said Jason Schoepke, Chief Marketing Officer at Invesco PowerShares. “We are confident the 2012 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will continue to advance the PowerShares brand with our core audiences and look forward to this year’s events.”
The United States Tennis Association in Nevada is a sponsor and supporter of the event and will be providing all ticket holders with a free clinic and special junior membership for youth ten and under.
“There is nothing more motivating for our tennis community then having four of the best players of all time play in our back yard,” said USTA Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. “It is a great chance to see Agassi on the court again while getting together as a community. I am over joyed by the efforts of our tennis Directors and Pros on the professional tennis committee who have supported the event.”
The PowerShares Series is a tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, created in 2005 by InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, the New York based firm which is co-owned and operated by former SFX executive Jon Venison and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.
Members are able to get tickets minus the online processing fee if they go through the local USTA office at 702-792-8384. A portion of the proceeds of each ticket go to USTA-Nevada. Tickets and unique interactive VIP fan experiences for the 2012 PowerShares Series are on sale now.