NEW HAVEN, CT – Tommy Haas defeated Mark Philippoussis Saturday to win the Oracle Champions Cup at Yale University to claim his third title for the year on the Invesco Series QQQ circuit and retake the No. 1 ranking on the tour’s season-long points rankings.
Haas needed only one service break to beat Philippoussis 6-4 in the one-set championship match in the seventh of the 10 tournaments on the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. The event was held as part of the Oracle Challenger Series tournament at Yale that features men’s and women’s professional challenger level events.
“I had a good time out here,” said Haas in his post-match interview. “Obviously one break in the set against Mark. He served really well at the beginning. He gave me one opportunity, one look, and I took advantage of it. I served pretty well myself. Overall, I’m pretty happy.”
The win earned Haas 400 ranking points that vaulted the former world No. 2 and 2000 Olympic silver medalist back into the No. 1 position on the season-long Invesco Series points rankings with 1200 total points, 200 clear of James Blake in the No. 2 position. Last month, Blake jumped ahead of Haas in the season-long Invesco Series QQQ points rankings after beating Philippoussis in the final of the Invesco Legends San Jose, played in in conjunction with the WTA Tour’s Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
To advance into the final, Haas beat 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick 6-2 in the semifinals after Philippoussis beat Blake 6-4. After his semifinal win over Blake, the local favorite who grew up in nearby Fairfield, Connecticut, Philippoussis jokingly thanked in his post-match interview the “two fans” in the capacity crowd who cheered for him.
Earlier this year, Haas won Invesco Series titles in Newport Beach, Calif., and in Maui, Hawaii.
The remaining 2019 Invesco Series QQQ schedule is as follows:
Toronto, ON – September 26 (Mattamy Athletic Centre): Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis)
Los Angeles, CA – October 26 (Sherwood Country Club) Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish)
Houston, TX – November 15: (Rice University) Andy Roddick, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Juan Carlos Ferrero
Results from earlier this year are as follows:
January 26 – Newport Beach, CA (Newport Beach Tennis Club) F: Tommy Haas def. Andy Roddick 7-6(2); SF: Tommy Haas def. Mardy Fish 6-3, Andy Roddick def. James Blake 6-3
April 4 – Tampa, FL (Innisbrook Resort) F: James Blake def. Jim Courier 6-3; SF: James Blake def. Mardy Fish 6-3, Jim Courier def. John McEnroe 7-6(4)
April 6 – Charleston, SC (Volvo Car Stadium) F: Lleyton Hewitt def. Andy Roddick 6-2; SF: Lleyton Hewitt def. Mats Wilander 6-3, Andy Roddick def. Jim Courier 6-4
May 4-5 – Maui, HI (Royal Lahaina Resort) F: Tommy Haas def. Mardy Fish 6-4; SF: Tommy Haas def. Mark Philippoussis 6-2, Mardy Fish def. Michael Chang 6-3
July 21 – Newport, RI (International Tennis Hall of Fame) F: Todd Martin def. Mats Wilander 6-2 SF: Todd Martin def. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, Mats Wilander def. Jim Courier 6-2
August 3 – San Jose, CA (San Jose State University) F: James Blake def. Mark Philippoussis 7-6(4); SF: James Blake def. Michael Chang 6-2, Mark Philippoussis def. Andy Roddick 7-6(4)
September 7 – New Haven, CT – September 7 (Yale University) F: Tommy Haas def. Mark Philippoussis 6-4; SF Mark Philippoussis def. Andy Roddick 6-4, Tommy Haas def. James Blake 6-2.
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.
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