Sampras, Roddick, Courier and Blake To Play SoCal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup at USC March 25|
Dec. 9, 2014
NEW YORK - Tennis champions Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and James Blake will compete in the "SoCal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup" Wednesday, March 25 at the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles as part of the 2015 PowerShares Series champion's tennis circuit.
The one-night event will feature two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match. Tickets and unique VIP fan experience packages are now on sale. Tickets start at $30 and all ticket and VIP information is available at www.PowerSharesSeries.com.
Sampras made his claim as being one of the greatest players in tennis history by winning a then record 14 major singles titles during his career, including a record seven Wimbledon singles titles and five U.S. Open singles titles, including his career finale in 2002 against Andre Agassi. He also captured two Australian Open titles and 64 singles title overall. He helped the United States to Davis Cup titles in 1992 and 1995. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.
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 sure-to-be Hall of Fame career at the 2012 U.S. Open.
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. He also guided the U.S. to Davis Cup titles in 1992 and 1995 and currently serves as the U.S. team captain. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
Blake ended his 14-year ATP career, that saw him win 10 singles titles and reach a career high ranking of No. 4, at the 2013 U.S. Open. Blake is best known for playing singles for the U.S. Davis Cup team in helping the United States win the 2007 title - the first win for a U.S. team since 1995. Last year, he finished No. 2 on the PowerShares Series season-long points rankings behind John McEnroe.
The PowerShares Series, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players, will visit 12 cities in 2015 and conclude Saturday, May 2 in Vancouver. The full 2015 PowerShares Series schedule with field of players are as follows:
2015 PowerShares Series Schedule
Tuesday, March 24: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center) "Champions Shootout" featuring Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis
Wednesday, March 25: Los Angeles, Calif., (Galen Center at USC) "SoCal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup" featuring Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
Wednesday, April 1: Lincoln, Neb., (Pinnacle Bank Arena at Univ. of Nebraska) "Champions Cup Presented by Woods Park Tennis" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
Thursday, April 2: Chicago, Ill. (Sears Centre) "PowerShares QQQ Challenge" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
Thursday, April 16: Austin, Texas (Cedar Park Center) "Champions Shootout" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
Friday, April 17: Little Rock, Ark. (Jack Stephens Center at the UALR) "Champions Cup" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Saturday, April 18: Dallas, Texas (Moody Coliseum at SMU) "Champions Showdown" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Wednesday, April 22: Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena at Boston University) "Champions Cup" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
Thursday, April 23: Richmond, Va., (Siegel Center at VCU) "Champions Challenge" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
Wednesday, April 29: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center) "Champions Shootout" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, James Blake
Thursday, April 30: Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center at Xavier) "Champions Showdown" featuring John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, James Blake
Saturday, May 2: Vancouver, Canada (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC) "Champions Showdown" featuring Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Michael Chang, Mark Philippoussis
In 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte. McEnroe was followed in the points standings by Blake in second place and Roddick in third place.
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