Has anybody seen this???????. SAMPRAS TO PLAY APRIL 5th, 2006.
Feb. 20, 2006, 1:37AM
Sampras-led River Oaks field nearly set
Dent, Fish are in; Blake's Davis Cup duties take priority
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
Getting Pete Sampras for a single night is a huge coup for the River Oaks International.
But the tournament itself — the club's 72nd going back to 1931 — is shaping up nicely now that the Davis Cup second-round pairings are complete and tennis director Van Barry has been able to see who's available.
Among the top Americans, Taylor Dent and Mardy Fish are in and Robby Ginepri, the U.S. Open semifinalist last fall, will be coming unless he somehow winds up on the Davis Cup team for the second-round tie somewhere on American soil against Chile.
For now, though, all indications are that James Blake will remain the No. 2 singles player for captain Patrick McEnroe, so he won't be returning to defend his 2005 championship, the title that re-started his career.
Others who have signed on include former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis, who beat 12th-ranked Tommy Robredo of Spain in San Jose last week, 2004 River Oaks co-champion Jiri Novak, top Austrian Jergen Melzer and a pair of workhorse thirty-something Americans, Paul Goldstein and Vince Spadea. Goldstein recently set a record for the most prize money won on the USTA's satellite circuit.
Young vs. old
Here's the perfect matchup for Pete Sampras in his exhibition debut: Donald Young Jr. The past vs. the future of American tennis.
Young, 16, finished 2005 as the No. 1 junior in the world (he's currently fourth) and was too young to face off against the Grand Slam king, who hasn't played competitively since winning the 2002 U.S. Open.
Sampras' last match was a victory over Andre Agassi at the Open.
In his last match in Houston, also in 2002, he lost to Agassi in the U.S. Clay Court semifinals at Westside Tennis Club
Last edited by angiel; 02-20-2006 at 09:23 PM.