Want to play tennis with Jim Courier?

The legends of tennis are coming to Charlotte, Sept. 24-28.

With an event this cool, we couldn't just offer tickets – we had to step up our game. The winner will have the chance to play for an hour with all eight tournament players, including Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis (more to be announced). The field has previously included Pete Sampras and John McEnroe.

The coveted spot in the private players' clinic would be for one person, and would take place during the week of the tournament at the Tim Wilkison Signature Sports Complex at The Palisades.

How to enter: Send e-mail to wintickets@charlotteob server.com. In the subject line, write “The Championships at The Palisades”; in the body of the e-mail, briefly tell us why you feel you deserve this opportunity. You must include your name, hometown and a daytime number.

Second prize: Four tickets to The Championships at The Palisades finals ($1,000 value).

Third prize: Two tickets to the finals ($500 value).

Deadline: 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

About the tournament: The Championships at The Palisades is part of the Outback Champions Series, which has six events across the United States, one in the Grand Caymans, and one in Dubai.

Tickets for the event are available now and can be purchased by calling 877-332-TIXX. Prices start at $15.

Details: www. champions series tennis.com.