NEWS UPDATE: LENDL TO REPLACE CONNORS AT POWERSHARES QQQ CHALLENGE IN INDIANAPOLIS
McENROE, CONNORS, COURIER AND PHILIPPOUSSIS HEADLINE POWERSHARES QQQ CHALLENGE IN INDIANAPOLIS
NEW YORK, October 15, 2013 – Indianapolis will host tennis legends John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis at the PowerShares QQQ Challenge to be played Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7 pm at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, InsideOut Sports & Entertainment announced today.The one-night tournament will feature three matches; two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match.
The PowerShares QQQ Challenge is the fourth event on the 12-city PowerShares Series tennis circuit, featuring legendary tennis players over the age of 30.
“I am excited to get back to Indianapolis and have a chance to compete against these guys,” said Courier, the former world No. 1 and the current U.S. Davis Cup captain. “I have a lot of great tennis memories in Indy, including winning the tournament there in 1993 and playing Davis Cup against Belgium in 1998. This is going to be a special night and it will be thrilling to be a part of a few different generations of tennis clashing in front of the always fantastic Indiana tennis fans.”
Tickets are on sale now exclusively to members of the U.S. Tennis Association for up to a 15 percent discount at PowerSharesSeries.com, TicketMaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Event tickets starting at $25 will be available at each of the ticketing outlets above to all consumers starting Tuesday, October 22. VIP packages will also be available October 22 online at PowerSharesSeries.com, by email to VIP@insideoutse.com, or by phone at 253.315.4299.
McEnroe won seven majors singles titles in his career along with 10 other majors in doubles and mixed doubles. He won the U.S. Open four times and Wimbledon three times and helped the United States to the Davis Cup title five times. He captured 77 career singles titles and 78 career doubles titles, his last being in San Jose, California in 2006 at the age of 47. McEnroe, who will turn 55 on February 9, has continued his fine play, winning numerous champions events around the world in singles and doubles since his final full-time year on the ATP Tour in 1992. He also continues to entertain tennis audiences as one of the best television commentators in the sport’s history.
Connors won eight major singles titles in his career, including five U.S. Open championships. He is the only player in tennis history to win the U.S. Open on three different surfaces (grass, clay and hard) and still owns the record for most ATP singles titles won in a career with 109.
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.
Philippoussis rocked the tennis world with one of the most ferocious serves the game has seen that earned him the nick-name of “Scud.” He reached the final of the U.S. Open in 1998, falling to Patrick Rafter, and at Wimbledon in 2003, losing to Roger Federer. He also helped Australia win the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003.
The full 2014 Power Shares Series schedule with field of players are as follows:
Wednesday, February 5
Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Centre – Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang
Thursday, February 6
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy Arena – Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang
Thursday, February 13
Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Friday, February 14
Indianapolis, Indiana, Bankers Life Fieldhouse – John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Wednesday, February 19
Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
Thursday, February 20
Houston, Texas, Toyota Center – Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake
Tuesday, February 25
Salt Lake City, Utah, Energy Solutions Arena – Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake
Wednesday, February 26
Sacramento, California, Sleep Train Arena – Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake
Thursday, February 27
Portland, Oregon, Moda Center – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake
Wednesday, March 12
Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander
Thursday, March 13
Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Warner Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander
Friday, March 21
Surprise, Arizona, Surprise Stadium – Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Michael Chang
ABOUT INSIDEOUT SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT
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 InsideOutSE.com or powersharesseries.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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