Pete Sampras held off Andre Agassi in the finals to beat his arch rival after an early break of serve to win the tournament. Agassi easily disposed of McEnroe earlier before Sampras beat Courier in a tough tie-break set. They both held serve all the way to the tie-breaker and Sampras plays so fluidly and easy going. He is so tough to break with his great serve and volleys. That was the best match of the night as there were some fabulous shots and Courier is very light-hearted while joking around with the fans. Sampras leads the Tour in points and is close to securing the top spot.
CHAMPIONS SERIES TOUR ANNOUNCES DRAW FOR 2011 HSBC TENNIS CUP PRESENTED BY CANCER TREAMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA
OCTOBER 14th AT LOS ANGELES’ STAPLES CENTER
John McEnroe to Face Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras to Battle Jim Courier with Winners Competing in Championship Match
*Tickets on Sale Now*
NEW YORK, (October 11, 2011) — InsideOut Sports + Entertainment announced today that John McEnroe will face off against Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras will battle Jim Courier in the 2011 HSBC Tennis Cup presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at the STAPLES Center Friday, October 14th. Each one set semi-final will be a competition for ranking points culminating with the winners competing in an eight-game pro-set championship match.
In addition to McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras and Courier, the five-week tour, co-produced by legendary impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Jimmy Connors, Michael Chang, Ivan Lendl, Bjorn Borg, Todd Martin and Mats Wilander. The athletes will vie for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the five week season.
“Competing against my friends and foes at the STAPLES Center is going to get my adrenaline pumping” said Jim Courier. “With the star-studded lineup coming to Los Angeles we are all looking forward to giving this tennis crazy area an exciting and competitive night of tennis. May the best man win!”
Tickets and unique interactive VIP fan experiences for the 2011 Champions Series are on sale now and start at $35. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and the STAPLES Center Box Office.
The Champions 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.
InsideOut Sports + Entertainment is a New York City-based independent producer of proprietary events and promotions founded in 2004 by former world No. 1 and Hall of Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. In 2005, InsideOut launched its signature property, the Champions Series, a collection of tournaments featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events including “Legendary Night” exhibitions, charity events and corporate outings. Since inception, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment has have raised over $4 million for charity. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
ABOUT LARRY MAGID ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Promoting and producing over 16,000 concerts and live events, Larry Magid is considered one of the architects and contemporary leaders of the live entertainment business. He has spent 49 years in the entertainment business with some highlights including producing Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, the largest grossing non-musical in Broadway’s history and receiving a Tony Award and producing the U.S portions of Live Aid and Live 8.