BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Andy Roddick made his debut on the PowerShares Series
champions tennis circuit a successful one Thursday, fending off a stubborn
John McEnroe 7-5 to win the Champions Shootout at the Birmingham Jefferson
Convention Complex.

Roddick’s debut event was a wildly entertaining affair highlighted by many
of his signature rocket serves and blistering forehands and by being hit
directly in the groin by a first serve by Mark Philippoussis in his
semifinal match.

“I had fun,” said Roddick after the final of his Champions Series debut. “I
honestly had no idea what to expect when I came out here. I hadn’t played at
all. I enjoyed it. Those moments when you want to win and there’s tension in
the match – I haven’t had that for a while.”

The 31-year-old Roddick struggled to find his rhythm against McEnroe – 24
years his senior – in the one-set championship match, admitting after that
McEnroe’s left-handed spins and serve-and-volleying threw him off.

“I was struggling during the match,” Roddick said. “I started thinking that
I don’t think I have hit with a left-hander since I stopped playing (on the
ATP Tour).”

Roddick’s first serve, which guided him to the 2003 U.S. Open title and the
world No. 1 ranking, was ultimately what carried him to victory against
McEnroe. After both players held serve for the first eight games of the
match, McEnroe took advantage of a Roddick double-fault at 40-30 and
blistered an on-the-rise forehand return-of-serve winner to secure a break
point chance that would allow him to serve for the match. Roddick, however,
responded with an ace down the tee to save the break point, followed by two
more service winners down the tee to hold serve and extinguish the threat.

After the two exchanged two more easy service holds, Roddick then broke
McEnroe at love to win the match, highlighted by a stretch backhand drop
volley winner and a running forehand up-the-line passing shot.
The buzz of the night, however, occurred in Roddick’s 6-3 semifinal win over
Mark Philippoussis when the Australian, nicknamed “Scud” for his monster
first serve, connected on a scorching first serve that hit Roddick directly
in the groin, causing a pause in play for about four-minutes before Roddick

“It was awkward,” Roddick said of the direct hit inflicted by Philippoussis.
“That hurt. It really did.” Roddick later predicted that the video of the
episode would probably be aired “27 times” on Fox Sports Live, the sports
television show he now reports for.

In his pre-match interview with event emcee and Tennis Channel broadcaster
Brett Haber before taking the court with Philippoussis, Roddick said of
joining the PowerShares Series just 17 months after leaving the ATP World
Tour, “You know me, I can’t sit still long.” Roddick also took pride in
talking about his last visit to the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center
four years ago in leading the United States to a 4-1 Davis Cup win over

“The win looks better now because I beat a guy named Wawrinka,” said Roddick
of beating the current Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in 2009 in
Birmingham. “At the time, I was supposed to win but it has looked good the
last couple of weeks.”

McEnroe, playing three days before his 55th birthday, continued to show the
intensity and crafty play that earned him the tournament title in the
opening PowerShares Series event last week in Kansas City. He saved three
match points in his semifinal win over Jim Courier, winning the last five
points of the decisive tie-breaker to claim a 7-6 (8-6) win. Despite the
final-round loss, McEnroe maintained his lead atop the PowerShares Series
points rankings after the first three events, securing 200 points with his
runner-up showing to increase his total to 800 points. Courier, who won the
title in Oklahoma City, stays in second place with 600 points, while
Roddick’s 400 points for his title places him in third place. Michael Chang,
with 300 points, Ivan Lendl, with 200 points, and Philippoussis, with 100
points, round out the rankings after three events.

The PowerShares Series, the U.S. tennis circuit for legend tennis players
over the age of 30, continues Friday, February 14 in Indianapolis, Indiana
when McEnroe, Courier and Philippoussis join Ivan Lendl in the field. Good
tickets for all PowerShares Series events are still available starting at
$25 at VIP packages – including meet-and-greet
and play-with-the-pros on-court opportunities – are also available here, by email to, or by phone at 253.315.4299.

The remaining 2014 Power Shares Series schedule with field of players are as

Friday, February 14, Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse – John McEnroe,
Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis

Wednesday, February 19, Denver, Pepsi Center – Andy Roddick, James Blake,
Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis

Thursday, February 20, Houston, Toyota Center – Andre Agassi, Jim Courier,
Andy Roddick, James Blake

Tuesday, February 25, Salt Lake City, Energy Solutions Arena – Pete Sampras,
John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, February 26, Sacramento, Sleep Train Arena – Pete Sampras, John
McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Thursday, February 27, Portland, Moda Center – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe,
Jim Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, March 12, Nashville, Bridgestone Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan
Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash

Thursday, March 13, Charlotte, Time Warner Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl,
Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash

Friday, March 21, Surprise, Surprise Stadium – Pete Sampras, Jim Courier,
Todd Martin, Michael Chang

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