See tennis legend Andy Roddick with special, Yale-only ticket deals

Oracle Champions Cup poster with Andy Roddick

On Saturday, Sept. 7, during the final weekend of the Oracle Challenger Series tournament, former top professional tennis players will arrive at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale for a special men’s legends exhibition, the Oracle Champions Cup. Thanks to dedicated ticket deals for the university community, Yale students, faculty, staff, and alumni have the opportunity to watch the competitors — U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, two-time grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, past top 10-ranked James Blake, and former world no. 2 Tommy Haas — at reduced prices.

The event will kick off at 4 p.m. with a semifinal match between Philippoussis, an Australian who helped lead his country to two Davis Cup titles, and Blake, the Connecticut star who was the first African American since Arthur Ashe to reach the top 10 in the men’s professional tennis rankings. At 5 p.m., hall of famer Roddick will square off against Olympic silver medalist Haas. The victors of the two semifinals will return to the court at 6 p.m. for a final match, which will determine the winner of the inaugural Oracle Champions Cup in New Haven.

Yale faculty, staff, and alumni can purchase reserved bleacher or general admission seating to the Oracle Champions Cup matches at a 20% discount by entering the code CHAMPS20 in the promotional code box on the event’s ticketing website. A special $20 rate for students is available to all Yale undergraduate, graduate, and professional students using the code YALE20; students purchasing tickets at this rate will be required to show their Yale student ID at the entrance to the venue.

Several VIP package options, including a player party, a backstage experience, and the chance to play with the legends, will take place between noon and the start of play. All VIP packages include tickets to the matches, with prices beginning at $250 per person.

The Oracle Champions Cup is just one part of a weeklong showcase of professional tennis at the Yale courts. The Oracle Challenger Series’ stop in New Haven, Sept. 2-8, will feature seasoned players and up-and-comers from the men’s and women’s tours. Thirty-two Americans — including former ATP Tour no. 8 Jack Sock, 2019 Citi Open singles champion Jessica Pegula, and Oracle Challenger Series Houston Champion Bradley Klahn — will be among those vying for the tournament title. The top two American male and female finishers in the Oracle Challenger Series “Road to Indian Wells” will receive wild card entries into the BNP Paribas Open, a combined ATP Tour and WTA Tour tournament scheduled for March 9-22, 2020.

Admission to the Oracle Challenger Series is free by registering for a complimentary ticket. Parking is available on site for $10 per car.

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