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10 January 2007

TIM'S MY POP IDOL

Murray credits Henman for rise up rankings
By Colin Duncan



ANDY MURRAY last night revealed how Tim Henman has been both best mate and father figure to him since joining the ATP tour.

The young Scot has struck up a firm friendship with Henman since overtaking him in the rankings to become British No.1.

Murray admits Henman, who reversed his decision to quit playing Davis Cup tennis earlier this week, has been a massive influence on his career and is the first person he turns to for advice.

He said: "Tim Henman is the one guy I've spoken to the most because he's been through the same sort of things as me. If I have a problem, chances are that he's experienced it and can help me with it. "

Murray, in Melbourne preparing for the Australian Open, was baffled by the criticism levelled at Henman for failing to win Wimbledon.

He said: "The stick Tim got was ridiculous. When he was on top form Pete Sampras was the best in the world, so for Tim to win Wimbledon would have been incredible.



"Sadly he didn't quite do it but got so far so many times. Then when Sampras stopped, Federer came along. If he'd come before or after those two he'd certainly have won Wimbledon."


Murray was one of only a few players to claim the scalp of Roger Federer last year but the teenager said: "I joke about it sometimes to my friends but not to the other players. That would be a bit disrespectful. Who am I to boast about beating Roger Federer?


"The secret is to hope he's playing badly the day you play him. If he plays at his best it's pretty much impossible to win.


"When you do, and not too many people have managed it in the last few years, it's the best feeling imaginable. It's definitely the most special win of my career."


Murray's final appearance in Qatar last week saw the 19-year-old rise to No. 15 in the world rankings.


He was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Ivan Ljubicic but has the opportunity to take instant revenge after the pair were drawn to meet at the AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, the final event ahead of the Australian Open which starts on Monday.


Murray will be seeded in the top 16, ensuring he avoids any of the big guns in the early rounds, although the Dunblane youngster reckons his own temper could be the biggest problem Down Under.


He said: "I've been working on channelling it. I was getting angry on court, throwing my racket, shouting too much.


"This year I'm trying to calm down but there's some matches where my temper's got the better of me. I've got to remain focused and not obsess about what is past."


But while Murray is anxious to look forward he is still struggling to escape an unfortunate episode from his past.


Last summer, prior to Wimbledon he was reported as saying he wanted anyone but England to win the 2006 World Cup.


Murray said: "That was ridiculous because I've explained about 100 times what really happened but my explanation has never been reported.


"An English journalist asked, 'Will you be supporting Scotland in the World Cup? So I joked, 'No, I'll be supporting whoever England are playing'. It does annoy me.


"I'd like to be myself in front of the press but it's difficult when things like this happen and you start getting hate mail."


A full version of this interview appears in the current issue of ZOO magazine.
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Pistol Pete tips his Slam record to fall soon



LOS ANGELES: Pete Sampras thinks he could have held his own against Roger Federer but conceded on Tuesday that the Swiss master is poised to smash his record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

Sampras, who retired after winning the 2002 US Open, considered what the result might have been had the two giants of men's tennis met in their prime.

“I don't think one guy would have dominated the other,” said the American during a teleconference to announce his return to tournament tennis, playing a limited number of events on a tour for over-30 players.

“I think our games are pretty similar. It would have been a great clash to see us in our prime. Roger is doing what I never did; dominate the way he is. He's lost five matches in two years, that's unheard of.

“But I feel like my game is too big to be dominated by someone. When my game was on, my serve was on, I felt I was tough to beat. I felt unbeatable.”

Sampras could soon see how his career stacks up alongside Federer, after the Swiss took another stride towards the record with his third Australian Open crown on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Swiss has won 10 Grand Slams since his maiden title at Wimbledon in 2003 and will break Jimmy Connors's record of 160 consecutive weeks as world number one next month.

After beating Andre Agassi to lift his 14th Grand Slam title, Sampras believed his record would stand the test of time.

But almost immediately an unrelenting Federer launched his assault on the mark.

“I thought it would take longer than seven or eight years,” said the 35-year-old Sampras. “I don't see anyone pushing him so I could see him winning 17, 18, 19 majors. He has 10 already and he's in the middle of his career.

“He just came along at the right time and is playing tremendous tennis and I don't see him stopping now.”

Sampras also believes Federer is capable of achieving a success that eluded him by winning on the red clay of Roland Garros.

The Swiss world number one needs the French Open to complete his set and become only the third player to hold all four majors at once.

“I think he can because he grew up playing on clay and he's come close the last two years,” said Sampras. “I really believe he can win there.

“I'm a fan, of his game, his temperament, how he handles himself on and off the court. I marvel at things he's able to do,” he added.

The two players clashed just once in their careers, with the Swiss prevailing. There will be no re-match.

“When we retire we all have thoughts of playing again but my playing days are over on the ATP Tour,” admitted the seven-time Wimbledon champion. “It's a lot of work, a whole different lifestyle I'm done with.

“I have been hitting the ball pretty well for the past six months and still feel that I can maybe compete against some of the guys. But to think about coming out of retirement is something far-fetched.” – Reuters
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Pete Sampras to Play on Over-30 Tour
By HOWARD FENDRICH Thursday, February 01, 2007





Pete Sampras will play tournament tennis for the first time since 2002, competing on a tour for players over 30, The Associated Press has learned.

Sampras' Outback Champions Series debut, which will come May 2-6 at Boston University's Agganis Arena, is to be announced formally Tuesday. The 35-year-old Sampras will appear in at least one other event on the tour in 2007.

"This is kind of my first dive into the waters, so to speak, to see how I feel and play a match I really want to win," Sampras, owner of a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles, said in a telephone interview with the AP.

"I still love the sport _ I practice two, three times a week _ but I don't miss the grind. This is a time to catch up with old competitors, old friends, and see if I still have a few things left in the bag," he said.

It's the latest step in a gradual return to a sport Sampras dominated for the better part of a decade, then pretty much disappeared from after winning his last match, against Andre Agassi in the U.S. Open final in September 2002.

He didn't announce his retirement until a year later, then never really re-emerged until playing exhibitions and World Team Tennis in 2006. But those didn't get his competitive juices flowing the way he expects the senior events will.

"The stakes are a little bit higher playing in a tournament and against some former greats," Sampras said. "There's a sense of satisfaction in that. Not like it used to be, but you want to win and play well."

John McEnroe and series co-founder Jim Courier also will be in the eight-man field in Boston, where there will be $142,000 in prize money. Michael Chang, Goran Ivanisevic and Mats Wilander are other major champions who have participated in the Outback Champions Series, which is entering its second full season. To qualify, a player must have reached a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five, or played singles on a Davis Cup championship team.

Landing Sampras is a coup for Courier, who began discussing the series with his former Davis Cup teammate more than a year ago.

"Pete's got a great connection with tennis fans in this country. People will enjoy seeing Pete really lace it up and go for it with his 'A' game," Courier said. "Exhibitions are all fine and well and they definitely have their place. Tournament tennis is different. The competitive aspect will make it exciting for everybody, including Pete."

Sampras fleetingly considered making a comeback to elite tennis, perhaps for a final appearance at Wimbledon (his last match there, a second-round loss to 145th-ranked George Bastl in 2002, was "as low as I've been on a tennis court," Sampras said).

He made it clear, though, that won't happen.

"It's crossed my mind when I watch Wimbledon. I miss it. I kind of wonder what I would do today there, especially with the game changing and everyone staying back on the grass there. I kind of lick my chops," Sampras said. "But I won't play for one tournament, and I won't play, period. It was something that just crossed my mind _ that's the competitive guy in me. But it's not realistic for me to do it again."

He also sees no reason to add to a legacy that includes seven titles at Wimbledon, five at the U.S. Open and two at the Australian Open, plus a record 286 weeks ranked No. 1. He'll be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July.

"I just played to win. I didn't play for the limelight. It always was about the titles. Some (come out of retirement) because they want the limelight or they want the attention or they're bored or they have something left to prove to themselves," Sampras said. "I don't have anything left to prove to myself."

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Tennis star Pete Sampras is full of praise for Roger Federer


Washington born tennis star Pete Sampras believes that Roger Federer will pass his record of 14 Grand Slam titles and that Federer will continue doing so well that he may even double his winning tally.

Swiss legend, Roger Federer, 25, has just been winning again in Australia.


Continuing to praise Roger Federer, Pete Sampras said: "Looks like it's going to happen," and he added: "I see him passing me in the next couple of years and even taking it to 17 or 18 majors.

"I don't see two or three guys really threatening him. I think he's just going to get better."

Pete Sampras has an impressive record himself and has won seven Wimbledon titles, two Australian Open crowns and five US Open titles.

And heaping more praise on Roger Federer he continued: "I just see him winning 17, 18, 19 majors. He has 10 already and he's in the middle of his career.

"It's just amazing what he has been able to do and how consistent he has been able to keep it
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Sampras sure about not returning for Wimbledon

Washington, Feb 01: Sampras fleetingly considered making a comeback to elite tennis, perhaps for a final appearance at Wimbledon (his last match there, a second-round loss to 145th-ranked George Bastl in 2002, was "as low as I've been on a tennis court," Sampras said).

He made it clear, though, that won't happen.

"It's crossed my mind when I watch Wimbledon. I miss it. I kind of wonder what I would do today there, especially with the game changing and everyone staying back on the grass there. I kind of lick my chops," Sampras said.

"But I won't play for one tournament, and I won't play, period. It was something that just crossed my mind - that's the competitive guy in me. But it's not realistic for me to do it again."

He also sees no reason to add to a legacy that includes seven titles at Wimbledon, five at the US Open and two at the Australian Open, plus a record 286 weeks ranked No 1. He'll be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July.

"I just played to win. I didn't play for the limelight. It always was about the titles. Some (come out of retirement) because they want the limelight or they want the attention or they're bored or they have something left to prove to themselves," Sampras said.

"I don't have anything left to prove to myself."

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Courier considers Sampras a coup for tournament

Washington, Feb 01: John McEnroe and series co-founder Jim Courier also will be in the eight-man field in Boston, where there will be $142,000 in prize money.

Michael Chang, Goran Ivanisevic and Mats Wilander are other major champions who have participated in the Outback Champions Series, which is entering its second full season.

To qualify, a player must have reached a grand slam singles final, been ranked in the top five, or played singles on a Davis Cup championship team.

Landing Sampras is a coup for Courier, who began discussing the series with his former Davis Cup teammate more than a year ago.

"Pete's got a great connection with tennis fans in this country. People will enjoy seeing Pete really lace it up and go for it with his 'a' game," Courier said.

"Exhibitions are all fine and well and they definitely have their place. Tournament tennis is different. The competitive aspect will make it exciting for everybody, including Pete."

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Sampras not sure about Newport

09:43 AM EST on Friday, February 2, 2007

BY MIKE SZOSTAK

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NEWPORT — Pete Sampras is coming to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July for his induction, but will he return in August to hit with fellow Hall of Famers John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Jim Courier?

Tennis fans are wondering about that possibility now that Courier’s Outback Champions Series is coming to Newport Aug. 22-26 and Sampras has committed to the six-city tour.

But there’s a little wrinkle. Sampras has committed only to the Champions Series event in Boston May 2-6. He wants to see how that week goes before agreeing to play in any of the remaining five events on the fledgling circuit. Here’s what he said Tuesday during a teleconference announcing the Outback Champions schedule and his commitment:

“I’m not plannng on playing (Newport) . . . I’m playing Boston for now and playing it by ear on the rest. I don’t have plans to go back to Newport.”

Sampras will be inducted into the Hall of Fame July 14 during the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He has agreed to play in an exhibition match July 15 to benefit the Hall of Fame and the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation. Tim Gullickson, the 1977 Hall of Fame champion and Sampras’s former coach, died of a brain tumor.

If Sampras has a good time, he may want to return. If he decides to pass on a return visit this year, the inaugural Gibson Guitar Champions Cup at the Hall of Fame should still be a good tennis show. McEnroe draws a crowd just by showing up and opening his mouth. And at 47 he can still play; he finished second in total points behind Courier last year. Wilander and Courier are classy champions. Other possible players include former U.S. Davis Cup stalwart Todd Martin, who beat McEnroe in the 2006 Boston final; popular Australian Pat Cash, who lost to Courier in the Naples (Fla.) final last year; big-serving Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia; Swedes Magnus Larsson, a winner and runner-up last year, Mikael Pernfors and Anders Jarryd and Americans Aaron Krickstein and Michael Chang.

Courier, Wilander and McEnroe have signed. Courier promised yesterday there were five more players who are still competitive and who still love to play tennis. He assured a crowd of tennis enthusiasts gathered at the Hall of Fame that the Champions Series is a lot more than hit-and-giggle entertainment provided by old guys between beers.

“This is legitimate competition for legitimate money. We lay it on the line. We’re established players. We’re competitors, and this is what we do best,” he said.

The format is simple. Eight players in two groups of four compete in a round-robin format for $142,000 in prize money. If they split sets, they play a tie-breaker, the first to 10 winning with a margin of two. Each match is worth points. The top player from each group meet on Sunday for the title. The second-place players play for third place. An undefeated champion will collect $50,000.

Eligibility is also simple. Players must be at least 30 years old and not active on the ATP Tour. They must have been a Grand Slam singles finalist or a singles player on a championship Davis Cup team or have held a top-five ranking as a pro.

Courier joined the Hall of Fame board of directors recently and is excited to bring this event to the Newport Casino.

“I know deep in my heart this is fantastic for tennis, fantastic for the Hall of Fame. This event will light up Newport in August. Every player in this event will be a name you know because of the criteria,” he said.

Courier said fans will have access to the players through a Kids Day, clinics and a pro-am. He is confident his concept will work where other masters and legends circuits have failed because of the prize money, name recognition of the players and their personalities.

The 30-year-old age minimum may also prove critical to the success of this tour. Players that young don’t have much dust on their records yet.

Gibson has signed a three-year sponsorship deal.

“I have six of their guitars, and I play them all, poorly,” Courier joked.

Tickets will be available Feb. 16 at tennisfame.com or by calling 866-914-FAME. Prices range from $15 to $50 depending on the day. Hall of Fame members can buy tickets beginning Feb. 13.

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Los Angeles Based Designer-To-The-Stars Shalena Smith Puts Finishing Touches on Sean Combs' New Nursery



Ga-Ga Designs creates whimsical haven for Diddy's twins.

Los Angeles (PRWeb) February 6, 2007 -- Preparing for children can be tough, unless you're Sean "Diddy" Combs. When he and his longtime girlfriend, Kim Porter, learned they would be expecting twin girls, they wasted no time in contacting celebrity nursery designer, Shalena Smith, owner of Ga-Ga designs, to create a magical and cutting edge nursery for the little girls. The nursery took Smith and her crew three months of hard work to come up with the "French Garden" themed nursery, complete with Custom French Cherub Cribs, a Romantic Sky Mural and Princess accessories. Smith just wrapped the finishing touches on the nursery this week.

"This was a fantastic nursery to decorate. Both Sean and Kim have an amazing sense of style and came to Ga-Ga Designs with specific ideas," explains Shalena Smith, owner and head designer, Ga-Ga Designs. "We blended their vision with our expertise, one of a kind designs and safety recommendations to create the perfect space for Jesse and D'Lila."
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The "Pretty in Pink" themed haven comes equipped with all the custom items purchased through the Ga-Ga Designs Baby Registry Concierge Service provided for Diddy and Kim's baby shower. The cribs were decorated in satin petal pink linens and the room was topped off with a pink chandelier dazzled with teardrop crystals and cream pearls. Smith landscaped the nursery with hand carved Cherub moldings on each custom piece of furniture and brought in famed painter, Christine Dangelo, to create a wall-length mural of sweet fairies and butterflies in a soft whimsical garden setting.

Keeping with Sean Combs' high-end style, Smith incorporated subtle glitz into the cozy room. For the twin girls, Smith exclusively designed custom painted wall hangings and had the girl's names embossed in swarovski crystals on plaques.

"The room is perfect. It's just what we wanted," explains Kim Porter. "We heard Shalena and Ga Ga Designs is the best in the business and she went beyond our expectations. This nursery is a beautiful palace for our little princesses."

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Interior designer Shalena Smith founded Ga Ga Designs in 2001. With more than 12 years of custom juvenile design experience, Smith works with expectant parents and parents with young children to create imaginative, yet functional spaces that incorporate the parents' hobbies, hopes and dreams for their little ones. An expert in current safety specifications for baby furniture and accessories, Smith helps parents create rooms with both style and safety in mind. With her innate sense of design and the ability to put her clients at ease, Shalena makes the design process simple and stress-free.

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Posted on Thu, Feb. 08, 2007
SPOTLIGHT | ON TENNIS
Sampras says he could beat Federer


BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com


There is at least one tennis player in the world who is not afraid of Roger Federer, but chances are, he will never get a chance to test his game against the world No. 1.

Former No. 1 Pete Sampras, who won 14 Grand Slam titles and retired in 2002, admits he sometimes wishes he could play Federer when he sees him on TV. Not only that, he firmly believes he would have beaten the Swiss master -- at least some of the time -- if he had played him in his prime.

''I don't think one guy really would have dominated the other,'' Sampras said last week on a conference call for the Over-30 Outback Champions Series in May. ``I think I would have had my fair share of wins, and I think he would have had his fair share of wins. I think our games are pretty similar, but I would look to come in a little more, little more of an attacking player, whereas he was a little bit of a slasher, shot-maker.

``It would have been a great clash to see us in our primes. What Roger is doing that I never did is dominate the way he is. He's lost five matches in two years. That's unheard of in the sport.

``But I just feel like my game is too big to be dominated by someone when my game was on, when my serve was on. I felt I was tough to beat, felt unbeatable.''

Sampras, 35, has even imagined what his strategy would be against Federer.

''I think it's tough to stay back against Roger,'' he said. ``You see what he's doing against guys that are staying back, he's just chopping them apart. I would just try to come in and see if he could return well and pass off that backhand, which I'm sure he would probably figure out over time. But I think that would be my strategy, would be to rush him. Just have to bring in the gas and hopefully it's good enough.''

Although Sampras has agreed to play in the over-30 series in Boston, along with Jim Courier and John McEnroe, he insists he is not contemplating a full-fledged comeback.

''I think when we all retire, we all have thoughts of playing again, seeing if you can still compete in today's game,'' Sampras said. ``My playing days are over, at least on the ATP Tour. It's a lot of work. It's a whole different lifestyle that I'm done with. That being said, I am hitting the ball pretty well, been hitting pretty consistently for the past six months.

``I still can play at a pretty good level. I still feel like I can maybe compete against some of the guys. To take it coming out of retirement is something that is farfetched. But to play Wimbledon again is something that really isn't realistic.''

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James Blake had less than 48 hours between his rain-delayed Delray Beach final Monday and his flight Wednesday to Czech Republic for the first round of the Davis Cup, but U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said he's not worried about Blake being tired.

''Obviously, he's coming in having played a lot of matches, so he'll have some confidence,'' McEnroe said of the sixth-ranked Blake, who lost to Xavier Malisse in the Delray Beach final. ``Sometimes, players come at the last minute because of the schedule, and we just hope James gets some good practices in and is ready to go on Friday.''

The U.S. team, which includes Blake, No. 4 Andy Roddick, and twins Mike and Bob Bryan, is favored over the Czech team, which has no top-10 players. The 12th-ranked Tomas Berdyk leads the Czechs, and the No. 2 singles player will be 87th-ranked Lukas Dlouhy. In doubles, the Czechs will rely on 37-year-old captain Pavel Vizner.

''On paper, we certainly should win, but we're not playing on paper,'' McEnroe said.

``That's the beauty of Davis Cup.''
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CEO Alex O'Brien is very pleased with the first year for Littlefield Ranch (www.littlefielranch.com). Sales numbers outpaced expectations helped by stellar pricing for USDA Prime Steaks as well as low FedEx second day air costs. This coupled with major athlete/celebrity (Pete Sampras, Rich Eisen) endorsements helped Littlefield Ranch reach the top level of the premier sector for high end online steaks.

(PRWEB) February 9, 2007 -- Littlefield Ranch finished '06 with a bang according to CEO Alex O'Brien. "We had no idea that our first year would be such a strong one. Our main focus for '06 was to put out the highest quality USDA Prime steaks and to make sure we were replicating the experience over and over. This needed to accompany premium packaging and a user friendly website. We think we hit the mark in every area."

We have a pretty simple strategy of offering a high end USDA Prime steak at affordable prices

Littlefield Ranch had a high rate of return business which helped grow sales.

"We have a pretty simple strategy of offering a high end USDA Prime steak at affordable prices," said O'Brien. Littlefield worked mainly off of referrals and corporate business for '06 but O'Brien plans to market to a wider audience including restaurants and groceries in '07.

Littlefield is able to offer such good pricing because of limited overhead and proprietary software systems used to run web operations. Littlefield Ranch (www.littlefieldranch.com) is priced below Omaha, Allen Brothers and Lobels and offers higher USDA graded beef than Omaha.

Littlefield Ranch also benefited greatly from two key celebrity endorsements. O'Brien claimed a huge lift from key celebrity backing, "Pete Sampras and Rich Eisen really gave us a huge boost of confidence and momentum by supporting our Premium Texas steaks with their kind words." O'Brien said that both Sampras and Eisen not only loved the steaks but immediately saw the value in sending an authentic Texas steak to family and friends.

Littlefield Ranch (www.littlefieldranch.com) is a subsidiary of Texas Beef Producers (www.tbp.com), an integrated cattle company with a forty year history in beef production. Texas Beef is a four generation old family run operation that produces 200,000 cattle annually from the Feedyard Division. Many of these cattle were backgrounded on the historic Lit Ranch (www.litranch.com).
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Sampras in Tampa charity event
Old friends compete for charity.

By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published February 20, 2007



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TAMPA - Jim Courier and Pete Sampras have always had a special bond.

As kids, they rose through the ranks of junior tennis together. As young professionals, they were doubles partners on the court and inseparable off it. And as stars, they developed an intense yet friendly rivalry.

Today, long after each retired from competitive tennis, the two remain close.

They still speak often. Still reminisce. Still pound tennis balls together.

And now, they're teaming up for charity.

On April 28 at the St. Pete Times Forum, Courier and Sampras, with significant ties to the area, will be the top draws, along with Chris Evert, at the fourth annual Mercedes-Benz Classic.

"We've come to a place in our lives where we've established ourselves as tennis players," said Courier, raised in Dade City. "We're playing now for the love of the game and the love of competition."

The event benefits the Raymond James Courier's Kids Foundation, sponsor of the First Serve program for at-risk children at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center. The event has raised more than $500,000 for charity.

Sampras, 35, is arguably the sport's greatest player. In a career that ended with him winning the 2002 U.S. Open in his final professional match, he claimed an all-time best 14 major titles while earning more than $43-million. Much of his success came while he was a Tampa resident.

"I think for him, this will be a nice homecoming," Courier said.

The event will feature two major changes. First, it was moved from Monday to Saturday, which could help attendance. Second, it will have a new format. The event will begin with a celebrity-professional match, offer mixed doubles and conclude with Courier facing Sampras one on one.

"I'm incredibly fired up," Courier said. "It's another fantastic lineup."

Tickets, ranging from $21.75 to $96.75, go on sale Saturday.

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Getting Sampras Is Coup For Courier

By JOEY JOHNSTON The Tampa Tribune

Published: Feb 20, 2007




TAMPA - Fifteen years ago, when they were atop the tennis world, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras played a charity exhibition match at the USF Sun Dome.

"That was a long, long time ago," Courier said.

Nearly 18 Grand Slam tournament singles championships ago, to be exact. Both players, once ranked No. 1 in the world, have retired from active play on the ATP Tour. Courier already has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Sampras will go in this summer.

Courier, 36, is now a sports and entertainment entrepreneur living in New York. Sampras, 35, lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

But in a way, they never gave up their old racket.

The longtime friends and rivals are still playing tennis - and still giving back.

Courier, Sampras and Chris Evert are headliners for the fourth annual Mercedes-Benz Classic tennis exhibition, set for April 28 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

All proceeds from the event will go to Raymond James Courier's Kids Foundation, which assists children through mentoring, academic help and tennis programs through the St. Petersburg Tennis Center and First Serve Program.

Courier said the previous three events have raised more than $500,000 for the program.

"Having Pete play is a major, major thing and it continues a run of great names for this event," said Courier, the Dade City native, pointing out the past participation of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, James Blake, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

"Pete has been taking a bit of a hiatus from the game, but he has been curious about what we're doing and is starting to get back in it [Sampras will begin play this year in the Outback Champions Series for over-30 players]. It's obvious he'll add interest here because he's one of the game's all-time greats. And considering he used to live in Tampa, it will be a nice homecoming of sorts."

Courier said the players accept no money for the event - all funds go to charity - so the event's timing is largely based on gaps in their schedules. This year, with a Saturday night date, he's hoping for the largest crowd yet.

What will be on display?

Probably some fun, some trick shots, players wearing microphones and displaying their personalities.

But the event finale - Courier vs. Sampras in a best-of-three match - will be the real thing.

"Legitimate tennis," Courier said. "Pete will come out guns-a-blazing - and they'll be pointing directly at me."

Courier said his relationship with Sampras has evolved since their teenage years. In some ways, they're closer than ever.

"We were kids banding together in the world of pro tennis," Courier said. "We played doubles together, ate every meal together, practiced together, played video games together, chased girls together.

"Then we started running into each other at major championships and certainly had a more professional relationship then. Now we've come to a place in our lives where we've established ourselves as players, and we're playing for the love of the game and the competition. There are very few people in the world I have more in common with than Pete Sampras. There's so much common ground."

Reporter Joey Johnston can be reached at (813) 259-7353 or jjohnston@tampatrib.com.
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The World Poker Tour(R) Will Host Invitation-Only Event at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles March 3–5
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LOS ANGELES (February 22, 2007) – WPT Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: WPTE) will roll out the red carpet on March 3 for the most glamorous stop on the poker circuit—the 5th Annual World Poker Tour® (WPT) Invitational. Each year, the exclusive, invitation-only event welcomes famous Hollywood faces and world-class poker professionals who go head-to-head in a freeroll Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament for charity, cash prizes, and eternal bragging rights.


Held at the prestigious Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, the three-day event will kick off with red carpet arrivals and a cocktail party for over 400 attendees, WPT Champions and celebrity players, including James Woods, Don Cheadle, Camryn Manheim, Woody Harrelson, Jay Mohr, Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, Mekhi Phifer, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Cheryl Hines, Ron Livingston, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Kerry Washington, Marlon Wayans, Rex Lin, Orel Hershiser, Judy Greer and many more. Also enhancing the event will be gifts, entertainment, fare, and more from sponsors Budweiser®, Blue Diamond Almonds™, Helio™, and Yummy Cupcakes. Further elevating the A-list affair in its fifth anniversary season, the WPT also partnered last month with leading nonprofit arts and entertainment advocacy organization, The Creative Coalition (TCC), and will donate $10,000 to the fund.


“The Invitational is one of our favorite events—it’s amazing to watch as the field of A-list celebrities and top pros come together to battle it out, then sit side-by-side in utter awe of each other,” said Steve Lipscomb, founder and CEO of WPTE. “As this fifth anniversary season continues to mark major milestones for the WPT, we expect nothing less than the biggest and best WPT Invitational yet.”


Offering celebrities a chance to brush up on their skills before the event, WPT hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten will level the playing field with a “WPT Academy.” The exclusive tutorials will be hosted February 22 at Premiere Magazine’s “Haven”—a three-day pre-Oscars event in the Hollywood Hills complete with daytime spa treatments, luxury gifts, evening parties and more.


The last celebrity standing in the Invitational will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice and the final six players will go head-to-head March 5 on the WPT set taped for broadcast on the Travel Channel. The winner will receive $100,000, a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship, a WPT Champion title, and of course—bragging rights. The $225,000 prize pool is provided by Commerce Casino.


The WPT Invitational will air July 4, 2007, on the Travel Channel at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. World Poker Tour airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For more information regarding the WPT Invitational, visit: http://www.thecreativecoalition.org/
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