Tennis pros possess just the right mix of power and finesse to shred the ball across the court without literally shredding the ball in the racket's gridded strings. Watch the greats tear it up with this GrouponLive deal to see the Champions Shootout at Wells Fargo Center on Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get one ticket for seating in the rear rows of sections 105–109, 117–119, or 121 (up to a $58.75 value, including all fees).
- For $51, you get one ticket for seating in rows 11–15 of sections 106A, 107, 108A, 113, 118A, 119, 120A, 123, or 124 (up to a $101.50 value, including all fees).
- For $74, you get one ticket for seating in rows 1–10 of sections 102, 103, 111, 112, 114, 115, or 124 (up to a $148.85 value, including all fees).
In 1998, Patrick Rafter defeated Pete Sampras—the top-ranked player in the world at the time still at the top of his form—in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, en route to defending his title in Flushing Meadows and netting the second and final Grand Slam victory of his career. Sampras had his revenge less than a year later, besting Rafter in the 1999 Wimbledon final in a four-set showdown of thunderous serves and precise volleys characteristic of all 16 of their career matchups. Though their careers overlapped very little, Jim Courier and John McEnroe met in the Round of 16 of the 1992 U.S. Open, when Courier notched a straight-set victory over McEnroe, who had by then already secured his 77th and final career singles title. On November 2, both pairs of tennis icons rekindle past rivalries at the Champions Shootout, a one-night, three-match tournament in which they vie for bragging rights and the No. 1 ranking in the PowerShares Series. The first semifinal match takes place at 7:30 p.m., when McEnroe and Courier thrill fans in a one-set match packed with bludgeoning forehands and pinpoint serves. The second semifinal round starts at 8:15 p.m., as Rafter and Sampras square off in a battle that showcases the strength of their will and the absorbency of their sweatbands. The finals start at 9 p.m., as the victors of the semifinals fan the front rows with ferocious swings across an eight-game pro-set match.