SALT LAKE CITY — Andre Agassi, winner of eight Grand Slam tennis events, will headline the PowerShares Series tennis circuit matches, which will come to Utah for the second straight year with three matches at the Huntsman Center Tuesday night.Joining Agassi will be two-time major winner Jim Courier, Australian Mark Phillippoussis and American standout James Blake, who won last year’s event at EnergySolutions Arena, beating John McEnroe in the finals.Agassi said he’s looking forward to playing again in Utah, where he played several times as junior player in the 1980s. Blake and Phillippoussis will meet in the first one-set match at 7 p.m. with Agassi and Courier to follow in the second match. The winners will meet in the finals at 8:30 p.m.“Jim and I have had many battles over the years,’’ said Agassi, who recalls two of the best being the 1991 French Open final won by Courier in five sets and the 1996 Australian Open when Agassi came from two sets down to win.Tuesday’s event, the first in a 12-city tour that runs until May, will be the first-ever tennis event to exclusively use line-calling systems in place of lines people. All line-calling responsibilities will be decided by the Hawkeye Officiating system and players will have unlimited challenges during the match.Other players in the PowerShares series for champion tennis players over the age of 30 include John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras and Michael Chang, but none will be in Salt Lake this year.
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New Delhi: The Indian Air force is still flying 44-year-old MiG-21 fighter jets when no one even drives cars that old, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Tuesday. Questions have been raised about the four-decade-old fighter planes that remain the core of India’s defence fleet since a recent dogfight at the Line of Control, in which Pakistan used superior F-16 jets. “We are still flying MiG-21 which is 44 years old but nobody driving cars of that vintage,” Air Chief Dhanoa said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh by his side. He was speaking at a seminar on modernisation and indigenisation of the Indian Air Force. The Air Chief said the basic version of the Russian fighter jet would be phased out this year. “Hopefully, I will fly the last sortie in September, subject to visibility,” he said.