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angiel
07-14-2006, 12:36 AM
Sampras, Courier to meet in best-of-3-sets exhibition

July 13, 2006

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports



CARSON, Calif. -- Just like old times: Pete Sampras vs. Jim Courier.


The two retired Grand Slam champions and former No. 1-ranked players will square off in a best-of-3-sets exhibition match Aug. 7 during the WTA Tour stop in Carson.

Sampras and Courier played 20 times as pros, with Sampras winning 16, including their only major final: at Wimbledon in 1993.

Sampras won a record 14 Grand Slam titles, while Courier finished with four.

"Jim and I have played some great tennis matches over our careers so it's exciting to have the chance to rekindle our friendly rivalry in my backyard," said Sampras, who grew up in southern California.

Said Courier: "I look forward to renewing our rivalry."

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Greg-Pete fan
07-14-2006, 07:15 AM
Great news ;) Their last match in ATP took place during Key Biscayne 1999 tournament. Pete defeated Courier 6:3,7:6(3).

angiel
07-14-2006, 10:35 PM
Great news ;) Their last match in ATP took place during Key Biscayne 1999 tournament. Pete defeated Courier 6:3,7:6(3).


That match will be great, American tennis needs a great lift right now. :worship: :worship: :worship: :D

angiel
07-14-2006, 10:56 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:


Sampras-Courier will play exhibition: Pete Sampras and Jim Courier will square off in a best-of-three-sets exhibition match Aug. 7 during the WTA Tour stop in Carson, Calif. The former Grand Slam champs played 20 times, with Sampras winning 16.
:angel: :angel:

angiel
07-14-2006, 10:59 PM
OFF COURT CHATTER


Pete Sampras is back playing World TeamTennis, but our correspondent wasn’t too impressed with his play when he and the Newport Beach Breakers went up to play the Sacramento Caps on Wednesday. Sampras has lost both his world team tennis matches, to former Cal player John Paul Frutterro of St Louis, and to former Stanford standout Sam Warburg of the Caps 5-2. He and Rick Leach also fell to the Caps’ Mark Knowles\Warburg. However, he did win the mixed with Tina Krizan.Although he is rapidly balding, Sampras looks to be in good shape. However, in Sacto, he appeared a little bored, frequently yawning. He also hasn't quite gotten the team concept yet, often sitting by himself and rarely standing up to cheer on his teammates.

Just imagine if Sampras doesn’t win a singles contest during his seven match WTT campaign. Who is going to be whispering comeback then?

angiel
07-14-2006, 11:06 PM
OLN continues to make its mark in the sports world, picking up five World TeamTennis matches, starting with Sunday's 8:30 a.m. match that features Pete Sampras playing for the Newport Beach Breakers against the Sacramento Capitals. Future matches include the Boston Lobsters vs. New York Sportimes (featuring Martina Hingis and Todd Martin) and the Philadelphia Freedoms vs. Houston Wranglers (featuring Venus Williams).

angiel
07-14-2006, 11:09 PM
Plenty to bet on in the summer


Joe Ellison
Nevada Appeal Betting Columnist
July 14, 2006



After poor results for the United States at Wimbledon and the World Cup, many in the media are acting all concerned about American athletes slipping on sports' greatest stages. But the media are loaded with hypocrites.

Too many prominent and influential members of the media are slinging crap like "soccer is boring" or "all that guys in the Tour de France do is ride a bike." Many of these same people then turn around and say that our athletes are failing to excel at the top levels.

The next Lance Armstrong, Pete Sampras or Pélé is out there somewhere, and if he takes the attitude and advice of those idiots in the media, he would never even pursue his best sport. All he would want to do is play baseball, basketball or football.

The fact of the matter is, there is no such thing as a bad sport. The only things bad are peoples' opinions about sports.

If athletes and fans close their ears and open their eyes, they will decide for themselves which sports are great and which ones they should pursue. American attitudes would get better and participation would increase, which would lead to improvement in a wider variety of sports at the world class level.

SUMMER EVENTS

With this being my last article before the next pro football season, it's time to take a look at those sports that will be keeping handicappers busy during the summer:

Every NASCAR race is bettable, with propositions rivaling drivers, manufacturers, teams and rookies. Parlay cards and win, place, and show wagers are also available.

Golf's third major, the British Open begins Thursday, and the pick here is to take the Field at 4 to 1 odds. The celebrity golf tournament begins today at Tahoe, and is also bettable.

The WNBA season is halfway over, but even the most loyal basketball fans have seen enough hoops for a while, so it's hard to get excited about wagering on it.

The Canadian Football League and controversial star Ricky Williams is bettable, but it is not televised locally.

Championship future bets can be made on the Nextel Cup, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA basketball and upcoming boxing matches.

And we shouldn't forget about our friends who love horse racing, which is bettable every day.

The biggest sport to bet on this time of year, of course, is baseball. But, to borrow a phrase, to me, watching Major League Baseball is like watching paint dry or grass grow. I'd rather watch a Little League game.

The big one everybody is waiting for is football. It's hard to believe that the NFL preseason starts in less than a month. Odds are out for the Super Bowl, conference championships, division champions, over/under wins for each team, and the point spreads for Week 1. In college football, one can bet for the BCS champion and the winners of the seven major conferences.

Have a good end to the summer, and see you in September!

angiel
07-21-2006, 12:43 AM
Sampras To Battle Courier in Exhibition

7/14/06 9:42 PM


The 37th Annual Open also includes a Fireworks Extravaganza, Giant Tennis Ball Giveaway and Courtside Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck




CARSON, CA – Pete Sampras, winner of 64 career tennis titles including a record 14 Grand Slam titles, will play an exhibition tennis match vs. Jim Courier, owner of 23 career titles including four Grand Slams, during the ‘Ultimate Tennis Celebration’ at the 2006 JPMorgan Chase Open presented by Herbalife, it was announced today by Tournament Director Bill Peterson.

The two former world No. 1’s will play a best of three sets on Monday, Aug. 7, during the first evening session of the annual southern California stop on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour. Matches begin that evening at 7 p.m. The special match will also feature a guest umpire and guest ball boys.

“If you are going to have an Ultimate Tennis Celebration, then it is natural to have champion tennis players like Pete Sampras and Jim Courier involved,” said Peterson. They are a tremendous addition for us this year and part of the week-long festivities including a weekend post-match fireworks exhibition, great promotions and excellent food inspired by chef Wolfgang Puck held in one of the nation’s best tennis stadiums.”

Sampras, who grew up in Southern California, posted a 762-222 career record and finished the year as No. 1 on the ATP Rankings a record six consecutive years (1993-98) including holding a number 1 world ranking for 286 weeks, also a record. Courier, who retired in 2000 after compiling a 506-227 lifetime record, has four Grand Slam singles titles including two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open.

“Jim and I have played some great tennis matches over our careers so it's exciting to have the chance to rekindle our friendly rivalry in my backyard,” said Sampras.

The two champions met just once in a Grand Slam finals match with Sampras defeating Courier 7-6, 7-6, 3-6,

6-3 for his first Wimbledon title in 1993. They met 20 times during their professional careers, the last time in Key Biscayne, Florida in 1999 with Sampras holding a 16-4 career edge in match play.

“It's fantastic to blend Champions tennis with this tremendous women’s event to give Southern California tennis fans a true tennis feast,” said Courier. “This is going to be an exciting match as Pete and I are both actively playing and have a great history of hard fought matches. I look forward to renewing our rivalry.”

Greg-Pete fan
07-21-2006, 08:47 AM
I gave you some photos with Pete and Jim in other topics a couple of months ago, but it is a special thread, so I`ll post them for you again ;)


1) Sampras vs Courier (Masters 1991 F), Pete won 3:6,7:6(5),6:3,6:4
2) Sampras vs Courier (U.S. Open 1992 SF), Pete won 6:1,3:6,6:2,6:2
3) Sampras vs Courier (Wimbledon 1993 F), Pete won 7:6(3),7:6(6),3:6,6:3
4) Sampras vs Courier (AO 1994 SF), Pete won 6:3,6:4,6:4
5) Sampras vs Courier (French Open 1994 QF), Courier won 6:4,5:7,6:4,6:4
6) Sampras vs Courier (AO 1995 QF), Pete won 6:7(4),6:7(3),6:3,6:4,6:3
7) Sampras vs Courier (U.S. Open 1995 SF), Pete won 7:5,4:6,6:4,7:5
8) Sampras vs Courier (French Open 1996 QF), Pete won 6:7(4),4:6,6:4,6:4,6:4

angiel
07-21-2006, 01:54 PM
I gave you some photos with Pete and Jim in other topics a couple of months ago, but it is a special thread, so I`ll post them for you again ;)


1) Sampras vs Courier (Masters 1991 F), Pete won 3:6,7:6(5),6:3,6:4
2) Sampras vs Courier (U.S. Open 1992 SF), Pete won 6:1,3:6,6:2,6:2
3) Sampras vs Courier (Wimbledon 1993 F), Pete won 7:6(3),7:6(6),3:6,6:3
4) Sampras vs Courier (AO 1994 SF), Pete won 6:3,6:4,6:4
5) Sampras vs Courier (French Open 1994 QF), Courier won 6:4,5:7,6:4,6:4
6) Sampras vs Courier (AO 1995 QF), Pete won 6:7(4),6:7(3),6:3,6:4,6:3
7) Sampras vs Courier (U.S. Open 1995 SF), Pete won 7:5,4:6,6:4,7:5
8) Sampras vs Courier (French Open 1996 QF), Pete won 6:7(4),4:6,6:4,6:4,6:4



Great stuff Greg, that match will be good for them and America needs somebody right now, to cheer them up, their tennis is gone to the dogs. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;) :p

Greg-Pete fan
07-21-2006, 02:33 PM
Great stuff Greg, that match will be good for them and America needs somebody right now, to cheer them up, their tennis is gone to the dogs. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;) :p

Yes, you are right angiel. Pete retired, Andre is going to retire... Roddick, Blake and Ginepri won`t be the same players as Sampras, Agassi, Courier or Chang...

angiel
07-21-2006, 02:39 PM
Yes, you are right angiel. Pete retired, Andre is going to retire... Roddick, Blake and Ginepri won`t be the same players as Sampras, Agassi, Courier or Chang...


America tennis is zippppppppppppppppp, and I dont see who is going to stop it, :sad: :sad: :sad:

Greg-Pete fan
07-21-2006, 02:49 PM
I hope that this situation will change, but I still miss Pete :sad: :sad: :sad:

angiel
07-22-2006, 11:35 PM
I hope that this situation will change, but I still miss Pete :sad: :sad: :sad:


Me too Greg, me too :wavey: :worship: :angel: :D :)

angiel
08-04-2006, 04:51 PM
Billie Jean King honored with Tennis Center name change

Posted: August 3, 2006

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Honoring Billie Jean King, the U.S. Tennis Association will rename the USTA National Tennis Center the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during an opening-night ceremony at the U.S. Open.
"I still am in shock," King said Thursday. "As a product of the public parks, I am so honored."

King, the only woman to win U.S. singles titles on all four surfaces -- grass, clay, carpet and hard -- won a record 20 Wimbledon titles and four U.S. Open championships.

Her mother, Betty Moffitt, attended the announcement at Arthur Ashe Stadium along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor David Dinkins.


"I'm very honored to be next to Arthur Ashe and to Louie Armstrong," said King, who joined Ashe as the Wimbledon singles champion in 1975. "That means a lot to me. Arthur and I were born the same year in 1943. We talked about all the things we wanted to happen for our sport but also for human rights."

The name change will take place during opening-night ceremonies on Aug. 28. The USTA board voted unanimously in mid-July to honor King, who helped form the Virginia Slims tour in 1970 and won 39 Grand Slam titles in her 15-year career.

Pete Sampras, a five-time U.S. Open winner, called it a fitting match.

"She's so respected from all walks of life," Sampras said. "It's fitting because of what Billie has done for the sport of tennis and sports in general. She's a legend."

King co-founded the WTA Tour, which now offers a total of $60 million in prize money at 63 events in 35 countries. She beat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973 and co-founded World Team Tennis and the Women's Sports Foundation.

USTA chairman Franklin Johnson brought up the idea of renaming the center for King in March. He recently called her with the news.

"I didn't think I heard him right because I was at a Team Tennis match in Philadelphia," she said. "So I had him repeat it."

King grew up playing tennis in public parks in Long Beach, Calif.

The tennis center, which has 45 courts and is open to the public, is considered one of the most prominent sports facilities named for a woman.

"Hopefully, this will have an echoing effect," King said. "It's great that a women's name is on something this special, and I think it will send out a great message. It's been my fight for equal opportunity for boys and girls, that's really what I'm about."

The USTA passed up millions in potential naming rights to honor King.

"This was not about the money, this was about doing what was right," said Arlen Kantarian, chief executive of the USTA.




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the_natural
08-06-2006, 07:46 AM
Courier in straight sets, or possible third cos hes still active on the old mans tour. BTW Is there anyway to watch this match like with the Ginepri exhibition?

binky
08-06-2006, 11:12 PM
does anyone know if the sampras vs courier match will air on tv?

Greg-Pete fan
08-07-2006, 09:24 AM
does anyone know if the sampras vs courier match will air on tv?

I don`t know. I know only that Pete and Jim will be playing at 7.00 pm. The natural is right, Courier played many matches in Senior Tour, but I believe in Pete`a magic :)

angiel
08-07-2006, 10:54 PM
does anyone know if the sampras vs courier match will air on tv?


I dont think so :D :)