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Roddick wins title in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Andy Roddick defeated his former Davis Cup captain Jim Courier 6-3 in the one-set tournament final Thursday at the Champions Shootout at the Cedar Park Center, the fifth of 12 events on the 2015 PowerShares Series tennis circuit.

The tournament win was Roddick’s fourth in as many events so far this year on the PowerShares Series, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Roddick has previously won events this year in Los Angeles, defeating Mark Philippoussis in the final, Lincoln, Neb., defeating James Blake in the final, and Chicago, defeating John McEnroe in the final. He is now 8-0 in matches played so far this season.

Roddick, ironically, was captained by Courier in Davis Cup play in Austin in 2011, when the United States was defeated by Spain 3-1, in what turned out to be Roddick’s Davis Cup finale. To reach the final Thursday in Austin, Roddick defeated Blake 6-3, while Courier defeated McEnroe 7-6 (6) in the four-player tournament.

The 32-year-old Roddick, who has now won six career PowerShares Series events, holds a commanding lead in the PowerShares Series points rankings with 1600 points. Trailing Roddick in the rankings are Salt Lake City champion Mark Philippoussis with 600 points, Blake and Courier with 500 points, McEnroe with 400 points and Andre Agassi with 200 points.

The PowerShares Series, the 12-city tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, continues Friday, April 17 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Jack Stephens Center at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock. Roddick will go for a fifth straight title and will be joined by McEnroe, Courier and Philippoussis. For full schedule, player and ticket information, go to www.PowerSharesSeries.com

The remaining PowerShares Series schedule with full fields are as follows:

Friday, April 17: Little Rock, Ark. (Jack Stephens Center at the UALR) “Champions Cup” Andy Roddick vs. Jim Courier, John McEnroe vs. Mark Philippoussis

Saturday, April 18: Dallas, Texas (Moody Coliseum at SMU) “Champions Showdown” John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier, Andy Roddick vs. Mark Philippoussis

Wednesday, April 22: Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena at Boston University) “Champions Cup” John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier, Andy Roddick vs. James Blake

Thursday, April 23: Richmond, Va., (Siegel Center at VCU) “Champions Challenge” Jim Courier vs. Andy Roddick, John McEnroe vs. James Blake

Wednesday, April 29: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center) “Champions Shootout” John McEnroe vs. James Blake, Andy Roddick vs. Michael Chang

Thursday, April 30: Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center at Xavier) “Champions Showdown” Andy Roddick vs. James Blake, John McEnroe vs. Michael Chang

Saturday, May 2: Vancouver, Canada (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC) “Champions Showdown” Michael Chang vs. Mark Philippoussis, Pete Sampras vs. John McEnroe

In 2014, John McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte. McEnroe was followed in the points standings by Blake in second place and Roddick in third place.

 

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