For all you tennis fans, the legendary Andre Agassi will return to the courts after three years of retirement to compete at the Surpirse Tennis and Racquet Complex October 8-11 for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championship. Tickets to this extraordinary event went on sale just yesterday so act fast and grab your seats!
Agassi and others will be competing to win $150,000 in a round-robin tournament that is the seventh of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series. This highly intensive and competitive string takes place globally and is for tennis champion players ages 30 and over. Other players set to compete against Agassi in Surprise, Arizona are Jim Courier, Jimmy Arias, Aaron Krickstein, Mats Wilander, Wayne Ferreira, Mikael Pernfors and Mark Philippoussis.
The CTCA tournament will feature a field of eight champion players competing in a single knock-out format event over four days. Aside from the $150,000 in prize money, the winner will receive ranking points that determine the year-end No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series. This is CTCA’s second annual tournament in Surprise. Last year, John McEnroe took home the title.
Agassi will be the eighth former world No. 1 to compete on the Outback Champions Series joining Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Pat Rafter, Stefan Edberg, Mats Wilander, Thomas Muster and McEnroe.
Individual session tickets are $45 for gold seating and $35 for silver. If you would like to attend all five sessions, you may purchase a “Series Package” which also includes a player meet-and-greet and ten percent off individual tickets.
Tickets may be purchased at www.surpriseaz.com/tennis, at the Surprise Tennis and Raquet Complex or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.
In his unmatched career, Agassi, 38, is the only men’s tennis player in history to have won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic Gold medal.
Agassi won his first major title at Wimbledon in 1992 and his first U.S. Open title in 1994. He has won four Australian Open titles between 1995 and 2003, while his victory at the 1999 French Open rounded out his “career” Grand Slam. Agassi ranked No. 1 in the world for 101 weeks during his career. He helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 1990, 1992 and 1995 and won 60 career singles titles from 1987 until he concluded his career at the 2006 U.S. Open.
Agassi retired in 2006 after he was treated for sciatica caused by two bulding discs in his back, along with spondylolisthesis and a bone spur. Since then, he has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada as part of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which started in 1994.