Four Former World Tennis Champions Duke it Out at Chicago’s United Center
The spotlights beamed down on the crystal blue tennis court which became the center of attention Thursday night at the United Center as four tennis greats challenged each other – having combined decades of experience, talent, and a never ending drive to become number 1 in the world of tennis.
The “PowerShares QQQ Challenge” showcased the tennis expertise of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, and Todd Martin (Hinsdale native and Northwestern alumni) while thousands of spectators gathered on a rainy, cold, windy Chicago evening ….
These 1980’s and 90’s tennis icons sparked the crowd and once again made the sport come to life as if no time had passed and McEnroe was still breathing fire at the nearest line judge (like a scene out of the early 80’s.)
All the players satisfied die-hard fans, the media, and children alike with question and answer sessions before the intense matches began. Going into tonight’s action, Pete Sampras had an 800 point lead on Agassi, with Michael Chang and Jim Courier positioned in 3rd and 4th place. Todd Martin, whose only appearance in the 2011 Champion Series happened in Minneapolis with a victory, was defeated by Jim Courier in the evening’s first semi-final contest. Agassi became a hometown hero last Saturday with a victory in Las Vegas and continued his winning ways against the always outspoken John McEnroe, and advanced to the final round.
The pinnacle tennis match became the dual between Courier and Agassi who played up until 11:00 P.M., with Courier being the winner. The overall tour winner will be announced after the conclusion of the tour.
Contributor : JPW
Photos of the match by: Will Byington