By combining a unique format and some of the sport’s greatest players ever, the PowerShares Series is a six-week tour across the United States that provides fans a chance to once again see some of their all-time favorites in action.
Featuring John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Michael Chang, Todd Martin, Patrick Rafter and more, the PowerShares series consist of one-night events where four players compete against each other in one set semifinals with each winner then facing off in a eight-game pro-set final. Fans also have the opportunity to interact with the pros before the match and a number of local charities are also promoted during each stop.
Four events have already occurred in Surprise (Arizona), Chicago, Detroit and Boston. Courier beat McEnroe 8-7 (1) in a match tiebreak in Surprise while McEnroe beat Sampras a few days later in the finals of Detroit 8-7 (4). Sampras defeated Lendl 8-4 in the finals of Detroit and then got revenge on McEnroe by beating him by a wide margin 6-1 in the finals of Boston back on October 19th.
Eight more events remain with stops in Philadelphia, New York, Tampa, Atlanta, San Jose, Las Vegas, Denver and Anaheim. 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.
Currently, Sampras is in the lead of the points race at 1000 followed closely by McEnroe with 900 points and then Courier in third place with 700.
“I can’t wait to get back out there to defend my #1 position on the PowerShares Series,” said Sampras when the tour started back in October. “I know the guys will be gunning for me this year, but I’ll be ready for the challenge.”
“I love the fast-paced shootout format of these events, which are tailor-made for fan entertainment,” said Agassi. “The crowds were great in 2011 and I hope they are ready to enjoy an even better time in 2012.”
So for those who miss seeing some of their favorite players from the 80’s, 90s, and early 00’s, the PowerShares series is a great way to see them in action and actually get to meet them in a fun and unique format perfect for any tennis fan.