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 PowerShares Series Battle of the Champions at the Pepsi Center on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $31, you get one ticket for seating in the rear of section 138 or in sections 112–114, 134–136, 212–216, 220–222, or 240–252 (up to a $61.35 value, including fees).
- For $52, you get one ticket for seating in the rear of sections 104, 122, 128, or 146, or in sections 106–120, 130–144, or 206–256 (up to a $104.55 value, including fees).
- For $74, you get one ticket for seating in the front of sections 122 and 146 or in sections 102–104, 124–128, or 148 (up to a $147.75 value, including fees).
Andre Agassi and Michael Chang first met in the ATP tour in 1988, when the two relentless baseliners were just emerging as part of a new class of American tennis players destined to replace such stars as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Agassi won the match—and claimed 14 of their next 21 career matchups—but both would leave a mark on the game bolder than the Wimbledon shorts under their Thanksgiving aprons, winning a combined 94 singles titles, including nine major championships. Though their careers overlapped very little, Jim Courier and McEnroe met in Round 16 of the 1992 US Open, when Courier—a contemporary of Agassi and Chang who won four major titles of his own from 1991–1993— notched a straight-set victory over the elder statesman, who had by then already secured the 77th and final singles title of his iconic career.
On November 29, all four tennis icons rekindle past rivalries at the Battle of the Champions, 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 Agassi and Chang thrill fans in a one-set match packed with bludgeoning forehands and puckish passing shots. The second semifinal round starts at 8:15 p.m., as McEnroe and Courier 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 face off in an eight-game pro-set match that promises to be either a clash between two players who helped define the 1990s tennis landscape or a chance for McEnroe to outfox the younger countrymen that inherited his legacy.