Here in SoFla, if you buy VIP tickets, you get to be in a tennis clinic with Connors the worlds number one for more than 200 weeks and Sampras a 14-time Grand Slam winner and perhaps the greatest tennis player that ever lived, the sports Zeus. The clinic starts at 3 p.m., and theres another an hour later with Courier and the notoriously angry McEnroe (so dont cross him). At 6 p.m., theres a cocktail party with all four. At 7:30 p.m., they square off in one-set, semifinal matches and then a finals (no VIP tickets needed to attend the matches). The stakes are real: At the end of the whole national tournament, the top three players split a $1 million pool.
The HSBC Tennis Cup matches start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the BankAtlantic Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise). Tickets cost $35 and up. Call 800-745-3000, or visit championsseriestennis.com.
Thu., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2011