The Invesco Series QQQ tennis circuit is returning to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut for a fourth straight year as Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas, Mark Philippoussis and Fairfield, Connecticut native James Blake will compete on Saturday, September 7 at the Oracle Champions Cup as part of the new Oracle Challenger Series event.
The one-day Invesco Series event will be played on semifinal Saturday of the first event in the 2019-2020 Oracle Challenger Series, which aims to provide opportunities for up-and-coming American players to secure both ranking points and prize money. The combined men’s and women’s event will be held September 2-8. The last three years, the event was played in August as part of the Connecticut Open WTA Tour event at Yale.
“We have always enjoyed our events in New Haven as part of the Connecticut Open and are thrilled to continue a new Invesco Series relationship there with Oracle as part of the Oracle Challenger Series,” said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of the Invesco Series. “Combining our event with the Challenger in Newport Beach, California held in January this year was a great success so we are looking forward to yet another beneficial partnership with Oracle at this event in New Haven.”
Each Invesco Series QQQ event features two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set championship match with players making their own line calls with the assistance of electronic line-calling. Play on Saturday, September 7 will begin with Mark Philippoussis and James Blake playing in the first semifinal followed by Andy Roddick against Tommy Haas in the second semifinal. The one-set championship match will immediately follow the second semifinal. Tickets and VIP experience packages are available for sale at www.InvescoSeries.com starting June 27.
Buoyed by strong support from local fans, Blake won the Invesco Series QQQ title in New Haven last August, beating John McEnroe 6-4 in the one-set final. He also won the Invesco title in New Haven in 2016 and won two of his 10 career titles on the ATP Tour at Yale, winning in 2005 and in 2007. Haas, the former world No. 2 and the 2000 Olympic silver medalist, also played in New Haven last year, losing to Blake in the semifinals. Philippoussis, a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2003 and at the U.S. Open in 1998, won the Invesco title in New Haven in 2016, beating Blake in the final. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, will return to New Haven for the first time since 2016 when he lost in the semifinals to Philippoussis.
The Oracle Champions Cup will be the seventh of 10 events on the 2019 Invesco Series, the North American tennis circuit for players over the age 30. Earlier this season, Haas kicked off the 15th season of this Champions Series tennis tour by defeating Roddick 7-6 (2) in the title match at the Oracle Champions Cup in Newport Beach, California. Blake won the second event of the season at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., in April defeating Jim Courier 6-3 in the final. Lleyton Hewitt won the third title of the season in Charleston, S.C., while Haas won his second title of the season in Maui, Hawaii in May.
The remaining 2019 Invesco Series QQQ schedule, with player fields, is as follows:
Newport, RI – July 21 (International Tennis Hall of Fame): Todd Martin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander
San Jose, CA – August 3 (San Jose State University): James Blake, Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Michael Chang
New Haven, CT – September 7 (Yale University): Tommy Haas, James Blake, Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis
Toronto, ON – September 26 (Mattamy Athletic Centre): Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis, Tommy Haas
Los Angeles, CA – October 26 (Sherwood Country Club): Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish
Texas – November: Venue and Players TBA
In 2018, Blake won his first Invesco Series QQQ year-long points championship by winning titles in Winston-Salem, New Haven and Houston, while also finishing as runner-up in Los Angeles and Orlando.
In 2017, the year-long points championship was decided in the final match of the season when Andy Roddick defeated James Blake in the Los Angeles final at the Sherwood Country Club. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and world No. 1, won four Invesco Series QQQ titles in all in 2017, winning in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Lincoln, Neb., and Los Angeles. Blake, the former world No. 4 and former U.S. Davis Cup star, won series titles in Charleston, S.C., Winston-Salem, N.C. and in Lynchburg, Va.
In 2016, Mark Philippoussis won the Series points title with 1600 points and tournament titles in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Roddick finished in second place, also earning 1600 points but losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Philippoussis 5-2, while winning titles in Charleston, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Orlando. Blake finished in third place with 1100 points and tournament titles in Chicago, Portland and Brooklyn.
In 2015, Roddick won the Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Invesco Series QQQ tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.
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 $5 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 InvescoSeries.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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ABOUT THE ORACLE CHALLENGER SERIES
The Oracle Challenger Series was established to help up-and-coming American tennis players secure both ranking points and prize money. The Oracle Challenger Series is the next chapter in Oracle’s ongoing commitment to support U.S. tennis for men and women at both the collegiate and professional level. The Series features equal prize money in a groundbreaking tournament format that combines the ATP Challenger Tour and WTA 125K Series.
The Series offers an unmatched potential prize of wild cards into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open, widely considered the top combined ATP Tour and WTA professional tennis tournament in the world, for the top two American male and female finishers.
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