InsideOut Sports & Entertainment has revealed that former American tennis stars Andy Roddick and James Blake will feature in the 2014 PowerShares Series tournament in addition to a host of other tennis legends, reports worldtennismagazine.com.
The pair will compete in the 12-city circuit against fellow American greats Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Tournament rules list the minimum eligible age for entry is 30 years, allowing Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis to also compete in the illustrious competition.
The series will commence on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Kansas City with adjusted rules to compensate for the veteran contenders – each event will be decided by two one-set semi-final matches followed by a one-set championship decider.
Roddick recently revealed his delight to be continuing his involvement in tennis by participating in the PowerShares Series, and looks forward to experiencing life after tennis.
“I am looking forward to playing on the PowerShares circuit,” he said.
“Having a chance to stay connected with tennis and compete on a limited basis through events like these fits perfectly with my life these days.”
Blake has also hinted that his recent retirement from the tour could serve to be an advantage over most of his opponents, bar Roddick.
“Having just retired from the ATP tour, you’d think I have an advantage over some of the guys, but players like Andy, Andre and Pete are so talented and competitive that is going to be a great challenge for me to win some titles. I look forward to the challenge," he added.
The final leg of the series will be played next year on Friday, 21 March at the Surprise Stadium in Arizona.
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