roddick takes third power shares series title

Andy Roddick won his third career title on the PowerShares Series champions tennis circuit Wednesday defeating Mark Philippoussis 6-4 in the one-set championship match at the Galen Center at the University of Southern California.Andy Roddick, Power Shares Series

Roddick, playing in his first PowerShares Series event in the season, needed only a service break in the third game of the match to separate himself from Philippoussis.

“I had fun,” said Roddick after the final. “It’s great to come out here and pretend to be a tennis player once in a while.”

When asked how he would report on his tournament victory back on his sports broadcasting position on Fox Sports 1, Roddick, who retired from the ATP Tour in 2012, joked to the crowd, “A little out of breath.”

Following a 13-year pro career that included a victory at the U.S. Open in 2003, the world No. 1 ranking and leading the United States to the Davis Cup title in 2007, Roddick returned to competitive play on the PowerShares Series in 2014. He played in three events – winning in Birmingham, Alabama and Denver, Colorado – and enjoyed himself so much that he signed on to play 10 events in 2015.

“People will say I maybe retired early but I never had that time where I didn’t enjoy playing,” said Roddick. “I still enjoy it. I never get tired of it. I still enjoy hitting balls when I am home. It’s even more fun when I can come out here and play in front of people.”

Philippoussis was fresh off defeating Andre Agassi 7-6 (4) Tuesday night to win the title in Salt Lake City, the opening event on the 12-city circuit that runs through May 2. Philippoussis was only added to the Los Angeles field on Monday when Pete Sampras was forced to withdraw from the event with a calf injury suffered last weekend while playing in Sweden.

In the semifinal matches earlier in the night, Philippoussis posted a 7-5 win over Jim Courier while Roddick defeated James Blake 6-2 in the other semifinal.

After two events, Philippoussis leads the PowerShares Series points standings with 600 points, followed by Roddick with 400 points, earned with his tournament win in Los Angeles. Courier, Blake and Agassi are in a tie for third place with 200 points.

The PowerShares Series, the 12-city tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, continues Wednesday, April 1 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Pinnacle Bank Arena where John McEnroe will make his 2015 PowerShares Series debut and join Roddick, Courier and Blake. For full schedule, player and ticket information, go to www.PowerSharesSeries.com

The remaining PowerShares Series schedule with full fields are as follows:

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

ita men’s indoors: virginia takes down usc

Emilio Gomez plays in the ITA National Men/s Tennis Team Indoor Championship

Cavalier Tennis: The second-seeded USC Trojans were no match for top team Virginia at this past weekend’s 2013 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted in Seattle by the University of Washington. Virginia won the final 4-2, taking the doubles point and the top three singles points. USC gets top clothing marks, though, especially with this retro kit from the earlier rounds and the all-black Nike outfit (seen above on Emilio Gomez), which reminds us of the Darth Federer outfit, also by Nike, worn by Roger Federer at the 2007 U.S. Open.

Finn Tearney (Pepperdine) - 2013 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships

Also noted is the change of Pepperdine‘s kits from Quiksilver to adidas (Seen here on Finn Tearney.

(Photo Credit: ITA Facebook)

college tennis: virginia men stays no. 1 for 4th straight week

(February 5, 2013) — For the fourth week in a row, the men of Virginia have claimed the top spot in the ITA College Tennis Rankings. A pair of Top 10 upsets has shifted a few teams with Duke dropping four spots, allowing Pepperdine and Kentucky to move up. On the women’s side, the rankings remain the same for another week, as a new poll will not be published this week with the 2013 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship to begin Friday morning, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, VA.

Follow the Leader: Following Virginia is (in order): USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Duke, and Mississippi State.

Conference Count: Men’s Top 25: SEC – 9; Pac-12 – 5; ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten – 3; Conference USA and WCC – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the Top 10.

New Additions: Two teams are making their first appearances inside the Top 75 this year while another is back after a month’s absence. Old Dominion went from unranked to No. 67 by scoring a big upset over former No. 27 Harvard, 4-3. The Monarchs’ Carlos Lopez Villa clinched the win in a three set battle which gave Old Dominion their first win over a ranked opponent since 2009. Also making their debut inside the Top 75 this year is UC Irvine, who, sits in a tie for 75th after a 5-2 win over former No. 70 Fresno State. The Princeton Tigers return to the Top 75 for the first time since the Jan. 3 rankings. Princeton went 2-1 last week during their tour of the Great Lakes State, coming away with a signature 4-3 win over current No. 48 Michigan State.

Back to the West Coast: For the second time in three years, the University of Washington will host the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club in Seattle, WA. USC, Virginia, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia, Pepperdine, Kentucky, Duke, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Florida, Cal, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Washington will all be vying for the 2013 ITA Men’s National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 15-18.

Coming Up Next: The 2013 ITA Team Rankings continue next Tuesday, February 12th, with a new set of women’s rankings; there will be no new men’s team rankings next week. Singles and doubles rankings for both the men and women are also set to be published on the 12th and will be released every other week after that.

Division I Men’s Top 25 (1/30/13 Rank)
1. Virginia (1)
2. USC (2)
3. UCLA (3)
4. Ohio State (4)
5. Pepperdine (7)
6. Georgia (6)
7. Kentucky (9)
8. Oklahoma (8)
9. Duke (5)
10. Mississippi State (10)
11. Florida (11)
12. Mississippi (12)
13. Cal (13)
14. Tennessee (15)
15. Texas A&M (16)
16. Texas (17)
17. Tulsa (22)
18. Baylor (14)
T-19. Stanford (18)
T-19. Illinois (25)
21. Michigan (20)
22. Auburn (21)
23. North Carolina (19)
24. Washington (23)
25. LSU (24)