HAWAII TO HOST POWERSHARES SERIES TENNIS TOURNAMENT
FOR FIRST TIME AT MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS ON MAY 6
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, February 13, 2018 – The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on Kohala Coast, Hawaii will host Hawaii’s first ever PowerShares Series tennis tournament Sunday, May 6, InsideOut Sports & Entertainment announced today.
John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish and Tommy Haas will be the four competing players in the Champions Cup Presented by Hawaii Tourism Authority and will play two one-set semifinal matches and a championship match between the winners. The tournament will be one of ten events in 2018 on the PowerShares Series, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows was also the host venue for the 1992 Davis Cup first round tie between the United States and Argentina, featuring McEnroe.
The Champions Cup Presented by Hawaii Tourism Authority will be part of a weekend of events that kicks off Saturday, May 5 with kids clinics and VIP hit-with-the-pros sessions and a VIP party. USTA members are invited to purchase tickets early via a special presale starting at 10 am HST on February 16 through 11:59 pm HST on February 19. Tickets for the general public are on sale starting on February 20 at 10 am HST.
“It’s great that the PowerShares Series has made its way to Hawaii, which will undoubtedly be a very enjoyable event,” said McEnroe. “I have some good memories of playing at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in Hawaii from our first round Davis Cup match against Argentina in 1992, when we went on to win the title. It’s going to be great to come back, play some great tennis and enjoy a bit of Hawaiian paradise.”
Festivities will begin on Saturday May 5 at 2 pm with a charity kids clinic, following by VIP hit-with-the-pros sessions and VIP Player Party.
On Sunday, doors will open at 1 pm and the program will start with a local exhibition match. Haas and Fish, the Olympic silver medalists from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, respectively, will play the first semifinal at 2 pm, following by McEnroe, the four-time U.S. Open and three-time Wimbledon champion against Courier, the two-time French and Australian Open champion. The winners will then face off in the championship match to follow.
“The Hawaii Tourism Authority is pleased to bring the PowerShares tennis event to Kona this spring,” said Rick Fried, Chairman of the Board of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Hawaii is a world-class destination and we look forward to welcoming world-class tennis legends like John McEnroe and Jim Courier to our state.”
“We are excited to bring PowerShares and tennis greats John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas and Mardy Fish to Hawaii for the first time,” said Ron Romano, Executive Director of the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section. “Visitors and residents will have a unique opportunity to experience great tennis in a fun setting. PowerShares, like the Fed Cup we hosted in 2016 and 2017, is key to the USTA’s mission to promote tennis and HTA’s mission to promote Hawaii as a visitor destination.”
For more information and to purchase these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, go to www.PowerSharesSeries.com
ABOUT INSIDEOUT SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT
InsideOut Sports + Entertainment is a Los Angeles based producer of proprietary events and promotions founded in 2004 by former world No. 1 and Hall of Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. In 2005, InsideOut launched its signature property, the Champions Series, a collection of tournaments featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events including “Legendary Night” exhibitions, The World Series of Beach Volleyball and numerous corporate outings. Since inception, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment has raised over $4 million for charity. In 2014, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment merged with Horizon Media, the largest privately held media services agency in the world. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.powersharesseries.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
ABOUT HORIZON MEDIA
Horizon Media, Inc. is the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York and has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. Horizon Media was chosen as 2011 Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost, 2010 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek as well as by Ad Age and as one of the world’s ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company in 2011. In 2012, Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, was honored by Advertising Age as Industry Executive of the Year. Most recently, in 2014, Bill Koenigsberg was named 4As Chair of the Board and is the first person from a media agency to hold this prestigious position in the 100 year history of the 4As, the marketing industry’s leading trade association. The company’s mission is “To create the most meaningful brand connections within the lives of people everywhere.” By delivering on this mission through a holistic approach to brand marketing, Horizon Media has become one of the largest and fastest-growing media agencies in the industry, with estimated billings of over $5.3 billion and over 1,200 employees. The company is also a founding member of Columbus Media International, a multi-national partnership of independent media agencies. For more information, please visit horizonmedia.com.
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