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Pete returns, to the over-30 Tour.

Former tennis great Pete Sampras decides to play on over-30 tour

By HOWARD FENDRICH


(AP) - 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."

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 US$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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Weed, sports and retirement

By David Glovsky, The Dartmouth Staff
Published on Tuesday, January 30, 2
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In the most puzzling announcement of the week, Pete Sampras has decided to come back and play in an over-30 tour against players like John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Michael Chang. There are many athletes from whom I expect repeated comebacks: Michael Jordan, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roger Clemens are three athletes whose retirement announcements need to be taken with a grain of salt. I never expected it out of Pete Sampras, a man who as much as he always seemed to love tennis, never really seemed to live and die with his sport the way so many other greats did. To be fair to Sampras, this is more of a glorified exhibition tournament than any real comeback.
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i really didnt want him to play
eventhough i might get a chance to watch

but still i thought after 3 years of retirement
he would at other avenues to explore
sort of leave the tennis court

there has to be something to look forward it
its probably one of reason I suppose if a good junior player
can attend college even if only a year
because it will expose him to so much potential
many players like Andy Roddick pass on college & when their career might end
they have nothing to look forward to,
they never explored their options
& after leaving the game, have no idea what to do

some retire & disappear
other coach or commentate

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i really didnt want him to play
eventhough i might get a chance to watch

but still i thought after 3 years of retirement
he would at other avenues to explore
sort of leave the tennis court

there has to be something to look forward it
its probably one of reason I suppose if a good junior player
can attend college even if only a year
because it will expose him to so much potential
many players like Andy Roddick pass on college & when their career might end
they have nothing to look forward to,
they never explored their options
& after leaving the game, have no idea what to do

some retire & disappear
other coach or commentate


Hello almouchie

Dont worry about Pete my dear, he is a smart guy and he will find what he want, he is still a young man and I hope his sons get to watch him play.
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Hiya, angiel...

I've read two (same text) news pieces on this, and then stumbled here looking for something else. Do I understand correctly that Peter is going to play doubles? Doubles exclusively??

http://cbs.sportsline.com/tennis/story/9976875
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Hiya, angiel...

I've read two (same text) news pieces on this, and then stumbled here looking for something else. Do I understand correctly that Peter is going to play doubles? Doubles exclusively??

http://cbs.sportsline.com/tennis/story/9976875
^^--Naah, it's the lead paragraph of the story...--^

...So, is Michael Chang appearing...?

Play double tennis you say, I dont think so
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Sampras will return to action in Boston
Winner of record 14 Grand Slam titles to play in over-30 series



Updated: 9:53 a.m. ET Feb 6, 2007

BOSTON - The last time Pete Sampras played competitive tennis in Boston, his doubles team notched the only victory for the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Australia in 1999.

The winner of a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles returns in three months for his first tournament since 2002 when he participates in the Outback Champions Series at Boston University from May 2-6. He wants to see how he feels there before committing to any of the other five tournaments in the series for players older than 30.

"I just want to see how it goes,'' Sampras said in a telephone interview Monday. "I don't want to commit to a bunch of them, just see how I enjoy the week, the playing. I didn't want to commit to something I wasn't 100 percent sure about.''



His participation in the event was announced last Tuesday.

Boston is the second stop on the tour and Sampras prefers the hardcourt on which it will be played to other surfaces in the series. He said he enjoyed the city when he played in the Davis Cup where he teamed with Alex O'Brien for a five-set victory. Australia won the quarterfinal 4-1 and beat France in the final.

The 35-year-old Sampras retired after winning the U.S. Open in September 2002 with a victory over Andre Agassi. At first, he didn't miss the grueling routine of tournament tennis and practices.


"Initially, you enjoy it, you decompress, and it's nice not having to worry about tennis,'' he said. "The stress of trying to win the majors was gone. It was fun. I did some things I didn't get a chance to do.''

One of those was golf.

"After a couple of years of that you kind of wake up as the mornings go on feeling you need to do a little bit more and feel more fulfilled,'' he said. "Getting up in the morning to play golf is fun, but you miss a little bit of the structured life you had.''

One reason he's returning is his relationship with series co-founder Jim Courier, who also will be in the eight-man field in Boston along with John McEnroe. Total prize money is $142,000. To qualify for the series, now in its second full year, 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.

"I almost in a way wish he came back and played (regularly),'' McEnroe said Monday night after attending the Rangers' hockey game in New York. "I know he sort of in a way wants to preserve what he's already done. But no one can take that away.''

Sampras said he won't return to the regular tennis tour but is ready for the competition again although it's "nothing as intense as it used to be.''

"I know that he can beat most of these guys still — certainly at Wimbledon — so there's a temptation for him to want to do that,'' McEnroe said. "I know he's right. He can handle these guys but that's his call.''


Sampras did play some exhibitions and World Team Tennis last year.

"I've been hitting the ball pretty well and using the bigger racket with the new technology string,'' Sampras said. "It's really given me the ability to hit the ball better today than I did in my prime.''

For the first time in 4 1/2 years, fans will get a chance to judge for themselves in a tournament setting.

"You still have a lot of pride and you want to play well and you want to win,'' he said., "Every time I step on the court I still want to hit that big shot, hit that big serve.''

The series has tournaments in six cities - Naples, Fla., in March; Boston in May; Newport, R.I., in August; Charlotte, N.C., in September; Dallas in October; and Houston in November.

Sampras, who spent a record 286 weeks ranked No. 1, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport in July.

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Published: February 06, 2007 12:00 am

Hall-of-Famer Sampras back in competitive mode

By Howard Ulman , Associated Press
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BOSTON - The last time Pete Sampras played competitive tennis in Boston, his doubles team notched the only victory for the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Australia in 1999.

The winner of a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles returns in three months for his first tournament since 2002 when he participates in the Outback Champions Series at Boston University from May 2-6. He wants to see how he feels there before committing to any of the other five tournaments in the series for players older than 30.
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Boston Marks Sampras' Return to Tennis
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Updated: 2/7/2007


BOSTON

The last time Pete Sampras played competitive tennis in Boston, his doubles team notched the only victory for the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Australia in 1999.


The winner of a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles returns in three months for his first tournament since 2002 when he participates in the Outback Champions Series at Boston University from May 2-6. He wants to see how he feels there before committing to any of the other five tournaments in the series for players older than 30.


''I just want to see how it goes,'' Sampras said in a telephone interview Monday. ''I don't want to commit to a bunch of them, just see how I enjoy the week, the playing. I didn't want to commit to something I wasn't 100 percent sure about.''


His participation in the event was announced last Tuesday.


Boston is the second stop on the tour and Sampras prefers the hardcourt on which it will be played to other surfaces in the series. He said he enjoyed the city when he played in the Davis Cup where he teamed with Alex O'Brien for a five-set victory. Australia won the quarterfinal 4-1 and beat France in the final.


The 35-year-old Sampras retired after winning the U.S. Open in September 2002 with a victory over Andre Agassi. At first, he didn't miss the grueling routine of tournament tennis and practices.


''Initially, you enjoy it, you decompress, and it's nice not having to worry about tennis,'' he said. ''The stress of trying to win the majors was gone. It was fun. I did some things I didn't get a chance to do.''


One of those was golf.


''After a couple of years of that you kind of wake up as the mornings go on feeling you need to do a little bit more and feel more fulfilled,'' he said. ''Getting up in the morning to play golf is fun, but you miss a little bit of the structured life you had.''


One reason he's returning is his relationship with series co-founder Jim Courier, who also will be in the eight-man field in Boston along with John McEnroe. Total prize money is $142,000. To qualify for the series, now in its second full year, 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.


''I almost in a way wish he came back and played (regularly),'' McEnroe said Monday night after attending the Rangers' hockey game in New York. ''I know he sort of in a way wants to preserve what he's already done. But no one can take that away.''


Sampras said he won't return to the regular tennis tour but is ready for the competition again although it's ''nothing as intense as it used to be.''


''I know that he can beat most of these guys still — certainly at Wimbledon — so there's a temptation for him to want to do that,'' McEnroe said. ''I know he's right. He can handle these guys but that's his call.''


Sampras did play some exhibitions and World Team Tennis last year.


''I've been hitting the ball pretty well and using the bigger racket with the new technology string,'' Sampras said. ''It's really given me the ability to hit the ball better today than I did in my prime.''


For the first time in 4½ years, fans will get a chance to judge for themselves in a tournament setting.


''You still have a lot of pride and you want to play well and you want to win,'' he said., ''Every time I step on the court I still want to hit that big shot, hit that big serve.''


The series has tournaments in six cities — Naples, Fla., in March; Boston in May; Newport, R.I., in August; Charlotte, N.C., in September; Dallas in October; and Houston in November.


Sampras, who spent a record 286 weeks ranked No. 1, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport in July.


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AP Sports Writer Ira Podell in New York contributed to this report.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Pete Sampras' return to tennis will include a stop in North Carolina.

The 35-year-old Sampras, holder of a record 14 Grand Slam titles, will play in the Championships at the Palisades on Sept. 26-30 in Charlotte, part of the Outback Champions Series tour for players over 30.

Sampras, who hasn't played tournament tennis since beating Andre Agassi to win the 2002 U.S. Open title, will also play in an Outback event in Boston in May.

Sampras, who spent a record 286 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world, had virtually disappeared from the game until he played a handful of exhibitions and had a stint with World Team Tennis last year. He'll be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July.

Last year's eight-man round-robin event in Charlotte included John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander, and was played in front of capacity crowds at the Palisades Country Club.

"I'm thrilled that Pete has committed to play in Charlotte, which was a tremendous event last year with sold-out crowds and a fantastic atmosphere," said Courier, co-founder of the tour and a former Davis Cup partner of Sampras. "I am looking forward to battling Pete again as we have had so many great matches over the years, including the Wimbledon finals."

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Carolina on his mind
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Posted: Wednesday February 14, 2007 8:01PM;


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Pete Sampras' return to tennis will include a stop in North Carolina.

The 35-year-old Sampras will play in the Championships at the Palisades in Charlotte. That event, scheduled for September, is a part of the Outback Champions Series tour for players over 30.




Sampras hasn't played tournament tennis since beating Andre Agassi to win the 2002 U.S. Open title. He's won a record 14 Grand Slam titles.

Sampras had virtually disappeared from the game until he played a handful of exhibitions and had a stint with World Team Tennis last year. He'll be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July.

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Sampras to play in Charlotte event

Senior schedule suits former No. 1 player

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He's not the first retiree to ask: "Golf, is that all there is?"

The difference is age. Most men in that position are in their 70s. Pete Sampras is in his 30s. So he could do something about it. He got back in the game.

His game is tennis, of course. He holds the most men's Grand Slam singles titles. And he'll be in Charlotte Sept. 26-30 as part of the senior tour.

"I'd say 2005 was kind of a pivotal year," Sampras, 35, told the Observer in a phone interview. "After I played enough golf and had some fun, I felt the need to be more fulfilled in the work area ...

"I like to work. I like to get my hands dirty."

In other words, he misses the competition, but not enough to go back to the rigors of the main tour.

He believes he could still beat a top-10 player on occasion, because his serve still hums over the net at more than 130 mph. But it's the Spartan lifestyle and all the travel that makes the main tour unappealing.

Instead, he'll play selected events in the Outback Champions Series, against the likes of Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Todd Martin.

Sampras' presence gives a surge to a tour that sold out most seats in its inaugural visit to the Palisades development near Lake Wylie.

"Pete adds a level of electricity," said Courier, another former world No. 1 who founded and plays on this circuit. "His presence is a 1-plus-1-equals-3.

"People who don't know me, I can say `Pete Sampras' and they'll say, `Wimbledon!' The familiarity Pete brings -- the seriousness -- my sense is that's a huge boost."

Is it too much of a boost? Is Sampras so good that he'll dominate every senior event and create a King-and-his-court effect?

Courier lost decisively the last time he played Sampras in an exhibition, but he doesn't buy that Sampras can mow over the regulars on this tour.

"He won 7-6 in the third last time he played Todd," Courier said. "He'll step in as a clear favorite, but it won't be a walkover for him."

Sampras is excited about this because it's just enough to get him motivated, without wearing him down.

"I don't want the day-in, day-out grind all over again, but I still want to train, I still want to have a healthy lifestyle," said Sampras, who regularly plays practice sets against main-tour players.

After years of playing with a familiar but outdated racquet, he's updated his equipment.

"I'm hitting the ball better than ever," he said. "And that's all about the technology."
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Tennis legend, 35, to play on July 18 in Central Park

First published: Tuesday, February 6, 2007


SCHENECTADY -- Nearly 20 years ago, a little-known tennis player named Pete Sampras came to Central Park for the OTB Open. He was 16 and ranked No. 247 in the world.

As Sampras played on Court 6, tournament director Nitty Singh snapped photos of the skinny teen smacking the ball over the net with power and precision. Sampras later asked Singh why she wasn't taking pictures of anyone else.

"Because you're going to be No. 1 someday," Singh said.

Sampras reached the semifinals of the tournament before losing to No. 1 seed Tim Mayotte 6-2, 7-6 (5). Singh invited Sampras to dinner, but he declined because Indian food wasn't part of his diet. He did, however, say he would accept the offer if he reached the U.S. Open that summer.

One month later, Sampras made it to the U.S. Open and, as promised, took up Singh's offer. Over Indian cuisine, Singh asked Sampras if he would play in Schenectady the next summer. In reply, he rubbed his thumb against his middle and index fingers, indicating his appearance would cost Singh.

"You're an ungrateful wretch," Singh joked, and that talk ended.

Nearly 20 years later, Singh is getting her wish.

Sampras, now 35, the winner of a record 14 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest tennis player ever, will return to Schenectady on Wednesday, July 18 for a World TeamTennis match as a member of the Newport Beach Breakers.

Singh, owner of WTT's New York Buzz, made the announcement Monday during a news conference at City Hall. She also released the Buzz's schedule, which includes seven home matches in July at CDPHP Stadium in Central Park.

Singh said Sampras is the biggest name to come to Central Park in the 13 years WTT has been played there. Stars who have played in Schenectady include Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Anna Kournikova and Lindsay Davenport.

"Sampras is the greatest tennis player of all time," Singh said. "He was No. 1 in the world six years in a row. Roger Federer is not even close. Sampras has 14 Grand Slam titles, and Federer only has 10."

Singh also announced Sportime at Schenectady is sponsoring the Buzz in 2007. Sportime purchased the former Schenectady Racquet Club, which will be the Buzz's practice facility and will host matches when the weather is poor.

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By: Doug Browne
03/15/2007









"The sport of a lifetime" is a phrase in tennis used to promote our game and it was never more accentuated this past week during the Champion's Cup tournament at the Player's Club in Naples, which featured the likes of John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Aaron Krickstein, Jimmy Arias, Wayne Ferreira, Petr Korda and host Jim Courier.

Most of the audience in Lely Resort hover near the 50-plus age group, but we also had a group of young ball boys who watched these "stars" of the past still thriving at the game they loved their entire lives.
Ironically, the player that most people either love or hate, John McEnroe, continues to be a great draw for a variety of reasons.
To be clear, the fiery 48-year-old New Yorker is in superb physical condition, moves from sideline to sideline like a cat and despite his age, has not lost his intensity.
And, there is nothing quite like watching a classic McEnroe meltdown over a bad-line call, staged or otherwise.
In this era with big looping semi-Western forehand topspin drives, McEnroe's classic drop-back-groundstroke style is a welcome contrast.
Unlike his younger opponents, who possess dynamite groundstrokes, McEnroe must win with a deft touch and an imaginative mind to unsettle his foes.
Old reliable
McEnroe even uses a unique Dunlop tennis racket that looks and feels like the old reliable wood frames we routinely viewed during the 1950s and 1960s.
If you didn't know any better, one may think that host Jim Courier is still winning on the ATP Tour as he continues to rip shots from baseline to baseline.
Along with recently retired (ATP Tour) South African Wayne Ferreira, the crowd was treated to an amazing display of big serves and powerful forehand drives. And, there is so much more to report - Krickstein and buddy, Arias, still can hit a winning forehand from anywhere on the court and they both slide on the hydro-grid courts as they did at Roland Garros in Paris during the French Open in days past.
Former world-ranked No. 1, Mats Wilander may have lost a step over the years, but still moves and competes like a champion.
Last year's finalist, Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, has aged gracefully and has actually become a better clay court player as a senior. He still serves huge cannonballs and has a nasty "kick" second serve that enables him to move in to the net for his trademark volley to finish off the point.
With newcomers like Wayne Ferreira, Todd Martin, Pete Sampras and Courier, this tour will offer incredible entertainment and will not disappoint.
Disappointingly, most of our Collier and Lee county residents did not turn up to watch this fabulous tournament. Other than Friday night's sell out, there were too many vacant seats throughout the four-day event.
We have at least 3,000-4,000 players participating in various recreational leagues throughout the county and if every single player attended at least one session, we would have full houses during the Champion's Cup.
If we want to see "our" game continue to rise in Southwest Florida, I urge every interested player to experience the Champion's Cup at the beautiful Player's Club in Lely Resort.
And, who knows, maybe 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras will come to Naples!


Stars in Naples
Please do not miss the Perez ASG Calcutta tennis tournament this Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, at beautiful Cambier Park.
Here is the line-up of stars competing: Brenda Schultz, Kathy Rinaldi, Jimmy Arias, Johan Kriek, Jene Fillipe Flurian, Lori McNeil and Lely High graduate and former Florida State High School Champion, Jesse Witten.

Doug Browne is the Hideaway Beach Director of Tennis and the Community Tennis Association President. Doug and his wife Leslie have enjoyed teaching players of all abilities at Hideaway Beach for over a decade. He can be reached by e-mail at DBrowne912@aol.com.



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Re: Pete returns, to the over-30 Tour.

Martin, Wilander and Cash join Sampras and McEnroe in Boston field



InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Todd Martin, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Jimmy Arias and Petr Korda have joined the field of eight tennis legends at Champions Cup Boston to be played May 2-6 at Agganis Arena in Boston. These five tennis standouts join previously announced players Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Jim Courier to round out the field in the second tournament of the 2007 Outback Champions Series. Champions Cup Boston will mark the first time Sampras will play in a tournament since retiring from the ATP Tour after winning the 2002 U.S. Open.

The 2007 Champions Cup Boston session schedule was also released (attached). Tickets start at just $15 and are available at (866) 448-7849, (617) 931–2000 or www.championsseriestennis.com. Martin won the Boston event last year, defeating John McEnroe 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in the championship match.

“This year’s already impressive field has been made even more competitive with the addition of Martin, Wilander, Cash, Arias and Korda,” said Jon Venison co-founder of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and The Outback Champions Series. “With Pete Sampras’ return to tournament play alongside Jim Courier, John McEnroe and these five legends, Boston will be one of the most exciting stops on the 2007 Outback Champions Series.”

All Outback Champions Series events feature eight-man round-robin match formats with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second-place finishers in each division play in the third-place match. Each event features $142,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $50,000 as well as Outback Champions Series ranking points that will determine a 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.

Martin, 36, attained a career-high ranking of No. 4 and reached the men’s singles final at the 1994 Australian Open and the U.S. Open in 1999. He represented the United States in Davis Cup play for nine years, helping the team to clinch the title in 1995. Martin won eight singles and five doubles titles during his professional career. Martin finished third in overall points in the inaugural year of the Outback Champions Series in 2006, led by a first place finish in Boston.

In 2006, Wilander finished in 10th place in the overall point standings on the Outback Champions Series. During his ATP career, the Swede won 33 singles titles, including seven Grand Slam tournament titles (three Australian Opens, three French Opens and one US Open title).

Cash, 41, joined the illustrious list of Australian players to win Wimbledon when he defeated Ivan Lendl to win the title in 1987. Cash was a singles finalist at the Australian Open in 1987 and 1988, a semifinalist at the US Open in 1984 and led Australia to victory in the Davis Cup in 1983 and 1986. He won seven career ATP singles titles and achieved a career high singles ranking of No. 4 in 1988.

Arias, 42, turned pro at age 16 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in April 1984. He enjoyed his best year in 1983 with four singles titles, including the U.S. Clay Court Championships and the Italian Open. That same year, at age 19, he reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Arias holds five career titles, all in singles.

Korda, 39, reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 and was involved in four Grand Slam finals, two in singles and two in doubles. Korda is best known for winning the Australian Open in 1998 over Marcelo Ríos 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. In his first Grand Slam final, Korda was defeated in strait sets by defending champion Jim Courier at the 1992 French Open. Before leaving the ATP tour in 1998, Korda won 10 singles titles and 10 doubles titles.


Champions Cup Boston Schedule of Play (Two Matches Per Session):

Wednesday, May 2 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 3 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 4 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 2:30 p.m.
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