By Jay Betsill
Tennis legends Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Jim Courier will be on hand for the Camden Wealth Advisors Cup, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the the Toyota Center in downtown Houston.
The Camden Wealth Advisors Cup is part of the 12-city PowerShares Series tennis circuit, featuring legendary tennis players over the age of 30. It is a one-night tournament that will feature three matches — two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match.
“We are excited for a fantastic night of world-class tennis in Houston with a virtual who’s who of American tennis over the last 20 years,” said Courier, the two-time French and Australian Open champion, former world No. 1 and the current U.S. Davis Cup captain. “Andre and I will be looking forward to holding off the two tour rookies in Andy and James in an entertaining night that will feature a battle of two generations of American tennis.”
- Andre Agassi is one of seven men in tennis history to capture a career Grand Slam – winning singles titles at all four major tournaments. He won four Australian Open titles, two U.S. Open titles, one Wimbledon title and one French Open title. He and Rafael Nadal are the only men in tennis history to win a career Grand Slam and an Olympic gold medal, Agassi triumphing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
- Andy Roddick was the top American man in professional tennis over the last 10 years, winning the 2003 U.S. Open while also posting runner-up finishes at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009. He achieved the world No. 1 ranking in 2003 and guided the United States to the Davis Cup title in 2007 – the first championship for the U.S. in 12 years. He concluded his sure-to-be Hall of Fame career at the 2012 U.S. Open.
- Jim Courier won a pair of French and Australian Open singles titles in the early 1990s when he became the first American to reach the No. 1 ranking since McEnroe in 1985. Courier was also the youngest player to reach all four major singles finals in a career when he reached the Wimbledon final in 1993 at age 22. He also guided the U.S. to Davis Cup titles in 1992 and 1995 and currently serves as the U.S. team captain.
- James Blake ended his 14-year ATP career, that saw him win 10 singles titles and reach a career high ranking of No. 4, at the 2013 U.S. Open. Blake is best known for playing singles for the U.S. Davis Cup team in helping the United States win the 2007 title. The first win for a U.S. team since 1995.