Agassi, Sampras headline PowerShares Series
NEW YORK, NY (July 18, 2012)—InsideOut Sports + Entertainment announced today that Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors will headline the 2012 PowerShares Series. Formerly known as the Champions Series, the PowerShares Series will visit a total of 12 U.S. cities during its seven-week season, starting October 13 in Surprise, AZ and concluding November 30 in Anaheim, CA.
In addition to Agassi, McEnroe, Sampras and Connors, the tour, produced by legendary impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Patrick Rafter, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Mats Wilander as well as Davis Cup Champion Todd Martin. The athletes will be competing for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season. Each PowerShares Series tournament will showcase four of the legendary players competing for ranking points playing in two, one-set semifinals followed by a one-set championship match.
Pete Sampras earned $500,000 by finishing the 2011 season as the No. 1 ranked player, followed by Jim Courier earning $350,000 at No. 2 and Andre Agassi collecting $150,000 at No. 3.
“We are looking forward to another successful season of PowerShares Series tennis featuring the legends of men’s tennis,” said Jon Venison, Partner at InsideOut Sports + Entertainment. “Having four legendary players battling in competitive one-night shootout tournaments across the United States is a strong platform to promote the sport and bring a great night of entertainment to these twelve cities.”
“The name change to PowerShares Series tennis reflects our ongoing support for this highly successful tour which has garnered valuable exposure for PowerShares QQQ,” said Jason Schoepke, Chief Marketing Officer at Invesco PowerShares. “We are confident the 2012 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will continue to advance the PowerShares brand with our core audiences and look forward to this year’s events.”
Tickets and unique interactive VIP fan experiences for the 2012 PowerShares Series are on sale now. For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.PowerSharesSeries.com.
The PowerShares 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.
PowerShares Series 2012 Tour Schedule:
October 13 – Surprise, AZ – Surprise Tennis Stadium – McEnroe, Connors, Martin, Courier
October 17 – Chicago, IL – United Center – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors
October 18 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors
October 19 – Boston, MA – TD Garden – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors
November 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center – McEnroe, Sampras, Courier, Rafter
November 5 –New York, NY – Madison Square Garden – McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras, Rafter
November 9 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum – Connors, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier
November 10 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center – Connors, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier
November 16 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion – Agassi, McEnroe, Connors, Courier
November 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Hotel – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier
November 29 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier
November 30 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier