Tennis Hall of Famers Andre Agassi and Jim Courier will join young retirees Andy Roddick and James Blake in the Camden Wealth Advisors Cup tournament Thursday night at Toyota Center.
They used to call events like this “Old-timers Night.” Or a “Seniors Showdown.” Or the “Legends Tour.”
Roddick, especially, is one odd old-timer. He’s 31. There are 17 active tennis players in the current Top 100 who are older than Roddick, including superstars Roger Federer and David Ferrer.
Matches will start at 7 p.m. Agassi will face Courier, while Blake meets Roddick in one-set contests. The two winners will meet for the title.
I hope Agassi wins. Maybe I’ll get to keep this trophy, too.
Let’s jump in Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine to October 2000.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale called and said he was holding a charity event at Westside Tennis Club. It was the Andre Agassi Celebrity Challenge Cup. Agassi would be the captain of one team. The other team would be led by a young player just turning pro, the No. 1 junior in the world, an 18-year-old kid named Andy Roddick.
“Ken, do you want to play? You’ll be on Andre Agassi’s team.”
Andre Agassi? The best player in the world? Winner of all those Grand Slam titles? And the Olympic gold medal? One of the greatest players in history?
And you’re asking if I want to play tennis with him?
Let me check my schedule. Yeah, I think I can make it.
Inside I was saying, “Are you kidding me? ABSOLUTELY!!!”