$142,000 Championships at The Palisades
Palisades Country Club
Outdoor – Clay
Results From Sunday, September 30, 2007
Pete Sampras, United States, def. Todd Martin, United States, 6-3, 6-4
Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, def. Jim Courier, United States, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 10-5 (Champions Tie-Break)
SAMPRAS BEATS MARTIN FOR CHARLOTTE TITLE
Seven-time Wimbledon Champion Remains Undefeated In Outback Champions Series Play With Third Tournament Title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Pete Sampras defeated Todd Martin 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to win the Championships at The Palisades and claim his third tournament title for the year on the Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events around the world featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. Sampras, in fact, is undefeated in 12 matches on the circuit since he ended his five-year hiatus from competitive tournament tennis in Boston last May in his debut event on the Outback Champions Series.
In addition to the $50,000 first prize paycheck for defeating Martin and going 3-0 in round-robin play, Sampras earned 800 Stanford Champions Ranking points that determines the year-end champion on the Outback Champions Series. Martin earned $32,000 and 600 Stanford Champions Ranking points for his runner-up showing. After five events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series, Martin remains in the No. 1 position with 2600 total points, followed by Sampras with 2400 points.
“I’d rather not play enough than play too much,” said Sampras of his return to tennis after an ATP career that included a record 14 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. “These events are competitive, fun and it’s real tennis. There is prize money on the line and pride…It’s nice to win. I’ve won the big things and it’s still nice to go out and perform well.”
Sampras, 36, defeated Martin in the finals of his two previous Outback Champions Series events in Boston and Athens, Greece, but his win over Martin in Charlotte was his only win over Martin of the three in straight sets. Despite the relatively routine match score, Sampras said he found Martin difficult to play on the slippery but fast clay court.
"Todd, on this court, was very tough to play,” said Sampras. “Todd’s got a game I still don't feel totally comfortable with. His serve bounces so high."
Said Martin, “The court was very fast and there was a thin layer (of clay), which definitely speeds things up. I actually think I match up better with Pete on a fast court.”
In addition to his runner-up finishes to Sampras in Boston and Athens, the 37-year-old Martin won the title at the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup in Newport, R.I., in August to move ahead of Sampras in the Stanford Champions Rankings. Martin was a runner-up in Charlotte for a second straight year after losing to Jim Courier in the 2006 final in a Champions Tie-Break. Martin, however, avenged his loss to Courier in Saturday night’s final round-robin match, defeating the defending champion 6-4, 6-7 (4), 10-5 (Champions Tie-Break).
Courier, the co-founder of the Outback Champions Series, finished play Sunday, losing to Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 3-6, 7-6 (2), 10-5 (Champions Tie-Break) in the third-place play-off.
“Today was a high level of tennis,” said Courier. “Wayne served really well and I didn’t serve too well today. Overall, this tournament was a big success in Charlotte. We had terrific crowds. Everyone enjoyed themselves."
Said Ferreira, “"It's been great here all week. I was here last year and really had a good time and I enjoyed myself here again this year."
The final two events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series will be held in Dallas, Texas at The Stanford Championships Oct. 18-21 and in Dubai, U.A.E. at The Legends Rock Dubai, November 20-24.
The Championships at The Palisades is the fifth of seven events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events around the world featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. Each event features an eight-man round robin format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match and the second-place finishers from each division playing in the third-place match. An undefeated winner of the event will take home $50,000 as well as Stanford Champions Ranking points that will determine the year-end champion. To be eligible to compete in the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached at least a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team. Each event also has the right to choose a “wild card” entrant. Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features seven events where champion tennis players continue to exercise their competitive instincts in tournament formats that feature prize money and Champions Series ranking points that determine a year-end No. 1 player.
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Round Robin Standings
Round Robin Group A
Pete Sampras 3-0
Wayne Ferreira 2-1
Anders Jarryd 1-2
Mikael Pernfors 0-3
Round Robin Group B
Todd Martin 3-0
Jim Courier 2-1
Aaron Kricstein 1-2
Jimmy Arias 0-3
STANFORD CHAMPIONS RANKINGS
(Through Five Events)
1) Todd Martin 2600 points
2) Pete Sampras 2400 points
3) Wayne Ferreira 1650 points
4) Jim Courier 1500 points
5) John McEnroe 1400 points
6) Pat Cash 900 points
7) Aaron Krickstein 800 points
8) Richard Krajicek 400 points
8) Magnus Larsson 400 points
10) Petr Korda 300 points
10) Anders Jarryd 300 points
12) Cedriic Pioline 200 points
12) Mats Wilander 200 points
12) MaliVai Washington 200 points
12) Jimmy Arias 200 points
12) Mikael Pernfors 200 points
17) Tim Mayotte 100 points