Champions Series (senior men's tennis tour)

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Since 2006, the Champions Series is a series of tennis tournaments designed for former members of the ATP tour. The Champions Series consists of tournaments played in select markets where legends of the sport compete in a highly competitive, fan-friendly, round robin format with a champion crowned on the last day of each event.

Eligible players competing on the Champions Series have either held a Top 5 singles ranking; been a Grand-Slam singles finalist, or a singles player on a championship Davis Cup team during their ATP tour playing careers. The Champions Series allows one wild card of their choice at each event. The series is produced by Inside Out Sports & Entertainment, based in New York City. The minimum age to participate in a tournament is 30.

Starting in 2009, some tournaments will use a six-player field, and the top two will automatically advance to the semifinals, while the other four competitors will have to play in order to advance to the semifinals.

All matches are two sets each, with a tiebreaker to ten points (must win by two) if the match is tied at one set each.

Sponsorship[edit]

In October, 2011, PowerShares QQQ™ signed a multi-year agreement with the Champions Series to become the title sponsor of this national tennis league of erstwhile ATP professionals.[1] A new match format was introduced to complete all play on a single evening, with only four players involved. The new format is two semi-final matches consisting of a best-of-one-tiebreak set, followed by an 8-game pro-set for the championship. Prior to PowerShares QQQ, Outback Steakhouse served as the title sponsor of this seniors' league (as before Outback, the series was known simply as Champions Series Tennis). No matches were played in 2013 as the series realigned from the fall to the spring, the next matches will be in March and April 2014. [2]

Player rankings[edit]

Players are ranked based upon performance in each event and a cumulative total is kept each calendar year. Top ranked players of the past include:

2008[edit]

2007[edit]

2006[edit]

2008 Events/ Results[edit]

The Oliver Group Champions Cup, March 12-16, 2008

  • Todd Martin (USA) def. John McEnroe (USA), 6-3,6-1

The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championship, April 16-20, 2008

  • Jim Courier (USA) def. Wayne Ferreira (RSA), 7-6(3),7-6(6)

Champions Cup Boston, April 30- May 4, 2008

  • John McEnroe (USA) def. Aaron Krickstein (USA), 5-7,6-3,10-5(TB)

Former international events[edit]

2007 Events/ Results[edit]

The Oliver Group Champions Cup, March 7-11, 2007

  • Wayne Ferreira (RSA) def. Aaron Krickstein (USA), 6-3, 6-3

Champions Cup Boston, May 2-6,2007

  • Pete Sampras (USA)def. Todd Martin (USA), 6-3,5-7,11-9(TB)

Champions Cup Athens, May 17-20, 2007

  • Pete Sampras (USA) def. Todd Martin (USA), 6-3,1-6,10-6(TB)

The Gibson Guitar Champions Cup, August 22-26, 2007

  • Todd Martin (USA) def. John McEnroe (USA), 7-5,7-5

The Championships at the Palisades, September 26-30, 2007

  • Pete Sampras (USA) def. Todd Martin (USA), 6-3,6-4

The Stanford Championships, October 18-21, 2007

  • Wayne Ferreira (RSA) def. Jim Courier (USA), 2-6,6-3,11-9(TB)

The Legends Rock Dubai, November 20-24, 2007

  • Paul Haarhuis (NED) def. Jim Courier (USA), 6-1, 6-4

2006 Events/ Results[edit]

Champions Cup Naples, March 10-13, 2006

  • Jim Courier (USA) def. Pat Cash (AUS), 6-4,7-6(8)

Champions Cup Boston, April 27-30, 2006

  • Todd Martin (USA) def. John McEnroe (USA), 6-3,4-6,10-8(TB)

The Championships at the Palisades, September 20-24, 2006

  • Jim Courier (USA) def. Todd Martin (USA), 5-7,7-6(6),10-4(TB)

Stanford Championships, October 4-8, 2006

  • Magnus Larsson (SWE) def. Wayne Ferreira (RSA), 6-3,6-4

Stanford Cup, November 8-12, 2006

  • Wayne Ferreira (RSA) def. Magnus Larsson (SWE), 7-5,6-3

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/powershares-qqq-signs-multi-year-deal-to-become-title-sponsor-of-champions-series-132303038.html
  2. ^ http://www.powersharesseries.com/