New tennis tour featuring Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe coming to Los Angeles
A new sort of tennis tour, which will feature a one-month, 12-city (including Los Angeles) event and include American legends Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and current Davis Cup captain Jim Courier, will begin next fall.
The official announcement of this new Champions Series tennis event will be made at 11 a.m. May 3 at Staples Center's Star Plaza. After the announcement, Sampras, Agassi and Courier will play a tennis exhibition.
In addition to Agassi, Sampras, Courier and McEnroe, the U.S. tour will feature Michael Chang, Mats Wilander and Bjorn Borg competing for a prize pool totaling $1 million. Each of the one-night tournaments will feature four champions paired in one-set semifinals, culminating with the winners competing for the title in an eight-game, pro-set championship match.
Tickets for the 2011 Champions Series go on sale beginning May 9. For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.
Last February, Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe and Ivan Lendl sold out Madison Square Garden in New York with McEnroe trying to play Lendl (McEnroe sprained an ankle and had to retire early in the match) and Sampras beating Agassi, 6-3, 7-5, in a match that featured competitive, high-quality tennis.
-- Diane Pucin
Photo: Pete Sampras, left, and Andre Agassi look up at a monitor playing highlights of one of their U.S. Open Final matches during their exhibition match at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 28. Credit: Mike Segar / Reuters