PowerShares Series replaced Andre Agassi with John McEnroe in the field of the final two events of the season at the Amway Center in Orlando and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Both events, originally scheduled for December, will now be played in January – the Champions Showdown Orlando being played on Thursday, January 5 and the PowerShares QQQ Cup, the first-ever tennis event held at the Barclays Center, to be played Saturday, January 7.
PowerShares Series fields a strong line up
In Orlando, McEnroe will open up play against Jim Courier at 7 pm to be followed by Andy Roddick taking on James Blake. In Brooklyn, Roddick will play Blake in the opener at 7 pm, followed by McEnroe against Courier. Each PowerShares Series event features two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set championship match and, for the second straight year, players make their own line calls with assistance of electronic line-calling. Tickets, as well hit-with-the-pros opportunities and VIP backstage access, are for sale for Brooklyn now and for Orlando on September 10 at www.PowerSharesSeries.com
Said McEnroe of playing in Brooklyn, “As a New Yorker, I’m thrilled to be part of the first-ever tennis event at Barclays Center. New York has an incredible tennis history, so it’s fitting that Brooklyn is where we will conclude another great year on the PowerShares Series. I’m looking forward to playing in Brooklyn on January 7.”
Agassi out injured
Agassi has been forced off the PowerShares Series for an undetermined time due to back troubles that have plagued him throughout his career. In his only tournament appearances this season, he lost to Roddick in the final of Charleston and fell to Blake in the semifinals of Chicago in April.
Philippoussis leads PowerShares Series rankings
Mark Philippoussis leads the PowerShares Series rankings through eight events with 1600 points, going undefeated in match play while winning five tournament titles in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Roddick is in second place in the rankings with 1100 points and the tournament titles in Charleston, S.C. and St. Louis, Mo. Blake ranks No. 3 with 800 points, along with the tournament title in Chicago. McEnroe is in fourth place in the rankings with 600 points, with a runner-up finishes in Chicago and St. Louis.
PowerShares Series remaining events
The remaining PowerShares Series for this season schedule with player fields are listed below and ticket, schedule and player information can be found at www.PowerSharesSeries.com;
October 27 – Los Angeles (Sherwood Tennis Club) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis
November 4 – Portland, Oregon (Moda Center) – Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis
January 5 – Orlando (Amway Arena) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
January 7 – New York (Barclays Center) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake
The PowerShares Series is the North American circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. In 2015, Andy Roddick won the PowerShares Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Mark Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before 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.