Playing in front of his hometown crowd in Las Vegas, Andre Agassi surged to his second straight PowerShares Series title Saturday night at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships.
Agassi, along with Michael Chang, Jim Courier, and John McEnroe, faced off in the four man event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel that was the tenth event of the 12-stop tour.
The first semifinal of the evening between Chang and Courier was a close contest. Both men held serve and seemed headed for a tiebreak before Courier, up 6-5, broke Chang to seal a 7-5 win.
Agassi and McEnroe met in the second semi that was a repeat of the San Jose event finals from the night before. Agassi just edged out McEnroe 7-5 that was the first semifinal loss for McEnroe since the Detroit event back on October 18th. The match even featured McEnroe showing his displeasure on losing one point by “mooning” the crowd while wearing Bjorn Borg underwear.
Agassi and Courier then squared off in the eight game pro-set final. Fueled on by the local support, Agassi had no trouble dismissing Courier 8-3 to claim his second straight title in the series.
With the win, Agassi has now zoomed to fourth place in the overall rankings with just two events left in the schedule. Courier still maintains a firm grip on top ranking with McEnroe holding in second place followed by Pete Sampras in third.
Players compete for points throughout the series with a $1 million dollars of bonus pool money up for grabs for those that finish in the top three at the end of the season.
“It always means the world to me, to play here in Las Vegas in front of all the people that have supported me throughout my entire career,” said Agassi afterwards.“I felt the enthusiasm of my supporters, and I really like the way I’m striking the ball right now.”
Also attending the event was Agassi’s wife, Stefanie Graf, as well as many students from the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas that helps elementary, middle school and high school students.
Here are the current PowerShares Series standings after last night.
UPDATED 2012 POWERSHARES SERIES RANKINGS
1. Courier 1500
2. McEnroe 1200
3. Sampras 1100
4. Agassi 900
5. Rafter 800
6. Chang 500
7. Lendl 400
8. Martin 200
After a short Thanksgiving break, the action will resume with the final two stops on the PowerShares Series in Denver, Colorado and then Anaheim, California. Agassi, along with Chang, Courier and McEnroe will be featured at both events. With Agassi, Courier and McEnroe all within striking distance of finishing the series as the No. 1 player, the results from both events will be key to each man.
For more information about the tour, visit http://www.powersharesseries.com