Spectator sports are marked by traditions, like dumping Gatorade on the winning coach and setting the losing coach's Honda on fire. Feel the heat of competition with this GrouponLive deal to see the Champions Challenge at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following reserved seating options:
- For $30, you get one G-Pass for seating in sections 106, 110, 120, 122, or 126 (up to a $59.85 value, including all fees).
- For $50, you get one G-Pass for seating in the rear of sections 103, 115, or 117 (up to a $100.95 value, including all fees).
- For $71, you get one G-Pass for seating in the front of sections 103 and 117 or in section 130 (up to a $142.05 value, including all fees).
Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
In 1989, 17-year-old Michael Chang became the youngest player ever to win the French Open. It was a far cry from the year before, when Chang, facing off against John McEnroe, couldn’t even win five games against the former No. 1, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I haven't been kicked that hard before.” Though Chang has since joined McEnroe as one of the sport’s all-time legends, that first epic rout remains one of the highlights of the pair’s head-to-head career. Chang’s 1989 performance wasn’t the first time a teenager had won at Roland Garros, however. Seven years earlier, 17-year-old Mats Wilander also won the French Open title (at 17 years and 3 months, Chang broke Wilander’s record by just six months). Though he didn’t go pro until he was 18, Jim Courier was just as precocious, reaching the No. 1 ranking on the ATP World Tour in 1992 at the age of 21—the first American to hold that position since 1985. The previous American? John McEnroe, of course.
On November 9, all four tennis icons join their intertwining fates at the Champions Challenge, 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 Courier and Wilander 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 McEnroe and Chang 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.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.