2014/07/28

Tennis Channel, Wilson Sporting Goods and Melanie Oudin Ring Opening Bell at NASDAQ

NEW YORK, NY – Wilson Sporting Goods Co. President Chris Considine, along with Tennis Channel Chairman and CEO Ken Solomon and Wilson player Melanie Oudin, rang the NASDAQ Opening Bell remotely on Friday from the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York.  Wilson, the leading manufacturer of ball sports equipment, is the official ball and stringer of the US Open.
“For Wilson, the US Open is an incredibly special time of the year.  Not only does this respected event ignite New York’s passion for tennis, it also commands a global stage for players and devoted fans,” said Considine. “We love welcoming and directly engaging with consumers and our customers at our on-site store, while supporting our outstanding athletes.  Ringing the Opening Bell with Melanie and our Tennis Channel partner is a great way for us all to celebrate this incredible tournament.”
Georgia-native Oudin won the hearts of thousands at the 2009 US Open when she became the youngest American Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Serena Williams at the Open in 1999.

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Courier talks about upcoming Olympics and Davis Cup

NEW YORK, NY (July 18, 2012) – Tennis Panorama News had a chance to speak with Hall of Famer, tennis entrepreneur and Davis Cup Captain  Jim Courier at the NASDAQ on Wednesday in conjunction with the announcement of the dates and cities on PowerShares Series tour.

Courier gave us his predictions for the upcoming Olympics as to how he thinks Americans will fare.

“If you are looking at favorites, you just have to look at the Wimbledon results, because it’s easier to line-up what happened with what may happen and the Olympics,” Courier said.

“You may see some more upsets early because of the format – it’s two out of three on the men’s side. The women’s side not as much, it’s standard for them.

John Isner just won Newport. If he believes he can play well at Wimbledon he can and we know Andy Roddick can play well at Wimbledon. His game is perfect for that surface.

“So on the men’s side we know we’ve got a couple of guys that could really push. Ryan Harrison, I think is dangerous. Of course, Donald Young unfortunately missing a lot of confidence right now. He’s been having a rough go but maybe he can turn his year around with a run at the Olympics.

 

“On the women’s side Serena (Williams) should be the heavy favorite. She deserves to be. In the doubles I think that the Americans should be favorites as well.”

 

Courier, in his role as Davis Cup captain is preparing for the US’ semifinal World Group tie against in Spain September 14-16:

 

“That’s going to be the “all-ambulance team” for both groups because think about what these players have been going through from playing the clay court season to the grass court season to the Olympics to the US Open and Davis Cup comes on the other end,” Courier explained.

 

“That’s a big ask for everyone physically. So neither the Spanish captain Alex Corretja or me know exactly what we are going to have player-wise because we have to see who’s standing at the end of the summer. But of course we have a chance to win. Of course we will be the underdogs and that’s Okay.”

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

 

PowerShares Series Tour will Hit 12 Cities This Fall Including New York’s Madison Square Garden

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PowerShares Series Tour will Hit 12 Cities This Fall Including New York’s Madison Square Garden

InsideOut Sports + Entertainment announced on Wednesday that John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Pat Rafter will be competing in the NASDAQ Indexes Cup as part of the PowerShares Series Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on November 5th.  Formerly known as the Champions Series, the PowerShares Series will visit a total of 12 U.S. cities during its seven-week season.

 

In addition to McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras and Rafter, the tour, produced by legendary impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Mats Wilander as well as Davis Cup Champion Todd Martin.  The athletes will be competing for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season.  Each PowerShares Series tournament will showcase four of the legendary players competing for ranking points playing in two, 1-set semifinals followed by a 1-set championship match.

 

Pete Sampras finished the 2011 season as the #1 ranked player, followed by Jim Courier and Andre Agassi.

 

“We are thrilled to be coming to Madison Square Garden with the PowerShares Series,” said Jon Venison, Partner at InsideOut Sports + Entertainment. “New York audiences expect to see the best and this event will showcase four former World # 1’s and US Open Champions competing against each other in a one-night shootout tournament. It will be a fantastic night of tennis at The Garden.”

 

“The name change to PowerShares Series tennis reflects our ongoing support for this highly successful tour which has garnered valuable exposure for PowerShares QQQ,” said Jason Schoepke, Chief Marketing Officer at Invesco PowerShares. “We are confident the 2012 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will continue to advance the PowerShares brand with our core audiences and look forward to this year’s events.”

 

 

The PowerShares Series is a tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, created in 2005 by InsideOut Sports + Entertainment, the New York based firm which is co-owned and operated by former SFX executive Jon Venison and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

http://www.PowerSharesSeries.com/.

 

PowerShares Series 2012 Tour Schedule:

 

October 13 – Surprise, AZ – Surprise Tennis Stadium – McEnroe, Connors, Martin, Courier

 

October 17 – Chicago, IL – United Center – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors

 

October 18 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors

 

October 19 – Boston, MA – TD Garden – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors

 

November 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center – McEnroe, Sampras, Courier, Rafter

 

November 5 –New York, NY – Madison Square Garden – McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras, Rafter

 

November 9 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum – Connors, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier

 

November 10 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center – Connors, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier

 

November 16 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier

 

November 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Hotel – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier

 

November 29 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier

 

November 30 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier

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Jim Courier Announces PowerShares Series and Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell

InsideOut Sports + Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the Champions Series tennis circuit has been renamed the PowerShares Series. As the marketing agent for PowerShares QQQ Trust, an ETF based on the NASDAQ 100 index, Invesco PowerShares signed a multi-year agreement in 2011 to become the title sponsor of the InsideOut owned tennis tour.

 

To commemorate the renaming, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment Founding Partners Jon Venison and Jim Courier were joined on Tuesday morning by Invesco PowerShares Managing Director of Global ETF’s Ben Fulton at The Opening Bell ceremonies at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York’s Times Square.

 

The PowerShares Series will feature Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and other Grand Slam winners competing in twelve one-night tournaments across the United States this fall. Each PowerShares Series tournament will showcase four of the legendary players playing in two, 1-set semifinals followed by a 1-set championship match.

 

The champions will compete for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season. Pete Sampras finished the 2011 season as the #1 ranked player, followed by Jim Courier and Andre Agassi.

 

Event details, including ticket information, player fields, dates and venues, will be announced this summer.

 

“We look forward to a fantastic season of PowerShares Series tennis,” said Jon Venison, founding partner of InsideOut Sports + Entertainment. “With legendary players competing across the United States this fall, PowerShares Series events will bring top flight tournament tennis and star power to the greatest sporting arenas in the country.”

 

“The name change to PowerShares Series tennis reflects our ongoing support for this highly successful tour which has garnered valuable exposure for PowerShares QQQ,” said Jason Schoepke, Chief Marketing Officer at Invesco PowerShares. “We are confident the 2012 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will continue to advance the PowerShares brand with our core audiences and look forward to this year’s events.”

 

The PowerShares Series is a tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, created in 2005 by InsideOut Sports + Entertainment, the New York based firm which is co-owned and operated by former SFX executive Jon Venison and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

 

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