A highlight of the 2018 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open will be the return of the QQQ Legends Newport event, featuring some great match ups of popular tennis legends.
Hall of Famer Jim Courier, 2-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt, and former ATP World Tour stars Tommy Haas and James Blake, who both held rankings in the world top-5, will compete in the one-day tournament set to be hosted on the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 22 at 11 am.
The QQQ Champions Series by Invesco is the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Newport is one stop among the 10 events on the series set for 2018.
QQQ Legends Newport will feature two one-set semifinals, followed by a one-set championship match. The event is set for 11 am on Sunday, July 22 and will be followed by the Singles Final of the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open at 3 pm. One ticket grants admission to both events.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 5, starting with a Pre-Sale for participants in the ITHF Advantage Program. Tickets will go on sale to the General Public on March 12.
“Hosting QQQ Legends Newport on our Final Sunday offers an opportunity for Newport fans to see some of our sport’s most exciting champions from the past competing still at a very high level, along with dynamic current stars on the quest for an ATP title all with one ticket,” commented Todd Martin, International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO & Tournament Director. “It’s a great event for the Hall of Fame, where we pay tribute to tennis history every day, while striving to inspire its future. We look forward to welcoming Jim, Lleyton, Tommy, and James for a great tournament in Newport this July.”
Hewitt and Haas are making their QQQ Champions Series by Invesco debuts this season.
“I have followed some of my former rivals on the QQQ Champions Series with great interest over the past few years and am really excited to finally get back out on court against them in this super entertaining format,” said Hewitt.
In Newport, Hewitt will be returning to a court that he last departed with fond memories. The Aussie’s last appearance in Newport was in 2014, when he won both the singles and doubles titles. Hewitt is a two-time major champion, having won titles at the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon. The former world No. 1 won 30 ATP World Tour titles and was a member of two championship Davis Cup teams for Australia.
Haas was the silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He achieved a career-high ranking of No. 2 and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1999, 2002, and 2007, and Wimbledon in 2009. He won 15 career singles title in his career, including the title in Halle in his native Germany last year, defeating Roger Federer in the final.
“As professional athletes, we never lose that urge to compete and the QQQ Champions Series will give me that opportunity to continue to play the sport that I love,” commented Haas. “It will be great to compete once again against the likes of James Blake and Jim Courier.”
Hall of Famer Jim Courier will be making his second straight appearance in the Newport event. Courier, a former world No. 1 and 4-time major champion was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. During his career, Courier won two singles titles at the French Open and two at the Australian Open. He holds the record for being the youngest man to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments, at the age of 22 years and 11 months. Courier was an integral member of two championship Davis Cup teams for the US. He won 23 singles titles and 6 doubles titles during his career.
Blake, a Connecticut native, also returns for repeat appearance at QQQ Legends Newport, having played at the tournament in 2016 and 2017. During his career, Blake reached a career high of world No. 4, winning 10 career titles. He was a semifinalist at the Beijing Olympics, and a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open and the US open. Blake was an integral part of the US Davis Cup team that won the title in 2007.
QQQ Legends Newport will take on Sunday, July 22 at 11 am. The event will be followed by the singles final of the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open at 3 pm that day. One ticket grants admission to both events.