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Pete Sampras Tennis Match October 29 to benefit LSU Med Student relief efforts.

angiel
08-16-2006, 08:30 PM
Aug 16, 2006


Pete Sampras tennis match October 29
to benefit LSU Med Student relief efforts


Baton Rouge – The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation has announced plans to sponsor an exhibition tennis match between Pete Sampras and Todd Martin, October 29, 2006 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center to help alleviate the financial challenges facing LSU Health Sciences Center students.

Billed as “Duel Under the Oaks”, the exhibition match and other complementing events, are being presented in cooperation with the LSU Foundation, the Tiger Athletic Foundation and the LSU Department of Athletics. Paula Pennington de la Bretonne, of the Pennington Family Foundation, is organizing the match to assist the thousands of students who were victims of either Hurricane Katrina or Rita. 100% of proceeds derived from the event will go the LSU Health Sciences Center – Student Relief Fund.




Pete Sampras became the youngest man to win the U.S. Open in 1990 when he was 19 years old. He has won seven Wimbledons, five U.S. Opens and two Australian Opens throughout his career. In 2001, Sampras won his 9th ESPY award, the ESPY award for Male Tennis Performer of the year and Record Breaking Performance of the Year. He finished his career defeating Andre Agassi in the 2002 U.S. Open to claim his 14th Grand Slam Title.

Todd Martin was a finalist at the 1999 U.S. Open and the 1994 Australian Open. He reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Grand Slam Cup in 1994. Martin played the Davis Cup for the United States every year between 1994 and 2002. He was twice recognized, by his peers, with the Tour Sportsmanship Award due to his abiding respect for the sport and his fellow competitors.

Sampras and Martin partnered at the Davis Cup in the United States in 1995 to win the doubles title. They competed in the 2001 Australian Open, with Martin beating Sampras in the fourth round.

The “Duel Under the Oaks” activities begin at 9 am, Sunday, October 29th at a tennis clinic for youth, ages 7 – 17 on the LSU tennis courts on the Baton Rouge campus. At noon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) there will be an LSU Tennis Team Exhibition, followed by a Celebrity Match (featuring Randy Jackson of American Idol fame). The Sampras/Martin exhibition follows at 2 pm.

Tickets are $25 & $20, with special $10 tickets available for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lsusports.net or by calling 800-960-8587 or 225-578-2184 or by visiting the LSU Athletic Ticket Office.
For more information visit www.dueloaks.com.

Sponsors include: Pennington Family Foundation, Stanford Private Wealth Management, The Advocate, WBRZ Channel 2, General Health Systems, Eagle 98.1 and Baton Rouge Printing.

angiel
08-16-2006, 08:35 PM
Another Reminder

If you haven't purchased your tickets for the Pete Sampras/Todd Martin exhibition being held at the Pete Maravich Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge on October 29th, you'd better hurry. Many people I've spoken with have told me that they have their tickets. Don't wait or you'll miss a fun day watching two of the true gentlemen of the sport.

Greg-Pete fan
08-16-2006, 08:48 PM
Another Reminder

If you haven't purchased your tickets for the Pete Sampras/Todd Martin exhibition being held at the Pete Maravich Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge on October 29th, you'd better hurry. Many people I've spoken with have told me that they have their tickets. Don't wait or you'll miss a fun day watching two of the true gentlemen of the sport.

Great news :worship: It`s good that Pete wants to play many tennis matches ;)

angiel
08-16-2006, 08:54 PM
Great news :worship: It`s good that Pete wants to play many tennis matches ;)


I think so too Greg - cheers. :angel: :D :)

Greg-Pete fan
08-16-2006, 09:03 PM
I think so too Greg - cheers. :angel: :D :)

Pete should win against Todd Martin ;) I think he can do it ;) He played very well in his match against Courier, so.... :)

the_natural
08-20-2006, 12:31 PM
Yep of course, and I wonder if he needs revenge for the loss at the Aussie Open in 01.

angiel
08-22-2006, 07:41 PM
Yep of course, and I wonder if he needs revenge for the loss at the Aussie Open in 01.


Maybe he will avenge that loss, but it should be a good match. :wavey: :worship: :worship: :D

angiel
08-24-2006, 09:08 PM
The Tickets Are Gone

If you've been waiting to get tickets for the Sampras/Martin exhibition at the Pete Maravich Center on the LSU campus, you've waited too long. The event has been sold out. :wavey: :wavey:

the_natural
08-27-2006, 11:54 AM
Thats good, I hope we get vidfeo or somethin, I just wanan see him play his old rivals

angiel
08-27-2006, 06:04 PM
Thats good, I hope we get vidfeo or somethin, I just wanan see him play his old rivals


Hope so too. :wavey: :wavey: :D :)

angiel
09-22-2006, 10:00 PM
Duel Under the Oaks features Pete Sampras v. Todd Martin exhibition

8/31/06 3:21 PM





On October 29, 2006 Pete Sampras will play Todd Martin at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA to benefit LSU Health Sciences Student Relief Efforts. The Irene W & C.B. Pennington Foundation is sponsoring the event which will include a youth tennis clinic, exhibition match and a celebrity tennis match. Paula Pennington de la Bretonne from the foundation is organizing the fundraiser which will donate all proceeds to LSU’s relief efforts.

The day will commence at 9 am with a youth tennis clinic for 7-17 year olds at the LSU tennis courts in Baton Rouge. At noon there will be an LSU Team Tennis Exhibition followed by a celebrity match between Baton Rouge natives Randy Jackson and Wes Brown. Randy Jackson is a judge on TV show American Idol. Wes Brown will be co-starring with Matthew McConaughey in We Are Marshall due out in December 2006. At 2 pm Sampras and Martin will compete in an exhibition match.

Sampras and Martin partnered at the Davis Cup in the United States in 1995 and won the doubles title. In 2001, they competed against each other in the 2001 Australian Open and Martin won in the fourth round.

Sampras is the youngest man to win the US Open in 1990 at the age of 19. He has also won seven Wimbledons, five US Opens, and two Australian Opens. In 2001, Sampras won his ninth ESPY, the ESPY award for Male Tennis Performer of the Year and Record Breaking Performance of the Year. The accomplished player finished his career at the 2002 US Open by defeating Andre Agassi and claiming his 14th Grand Slam Title.

Martin was a finalist in the 1999 US Open and the 1994 Australian Open. He reached the semis at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Grand Slam Cup in 1994. Martin played Davis Cup for the US every year from 1994-2002. He is a two-time recipient of the ATP Tour Sportsmanship Award.

Other major sponsors include: Stanford Financial Group, The Advocate, WBRZ-TV2, Eagle 98.1, and the General Health System.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.lsusports.net or call 800-960-8587 or 225-578-2184 or the LSU Athletic Ticket Office.

Greg-Pete fan
09-30-2006, 10:00 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Sampras%2C+Pete&player2=Martin%2C+Todd

Sampras leads 18-4:worship:

angiel
10-02-2006, 12:17 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Sampras%2C+Pete&player2=Martin%2C+Todd

Sampras leads 18-4:worship:


Wide lead, I saw Martin playing on the senior tour on TV last week, with Courier.:D :wavey: :)

Maxpowers
10-02-2006, 01:44 PM
Any news about TV or internet coverage? I enjoyed watching Sampras play Ginepri online. It would be great if they televised this.

angiel
10-03-2006, 04:30 PM
Any news about TV or internet coverage? I enjoyed watching Sampras play Ginepri online. It would be great if they televised this.


I dont think there will be any this time, sorry.:D :) :wavey:

angiel
10-17-2006, 05:19 PM
LSU to Host 'Duel Under the Oaks' Tennis Exhibition
Courtesy: LSU Sports Interactive

Release: 10/16/2006









BATON ROUGE -- The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation is sponsoring an exhibition tennis match between tennis greats Pete Sampras and Todd Martin Oct. 29 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center to help alleviate the financial challenges facing LSU Health Sciences Center students impacted by the hurricanes that ripped through Louisiana in 2005.

Billed as “Duel Under the Oaks,” the exhibition match, youth tennis clinic and celebrity tennis match are being presented in cooperation with the LSU Foundation and the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Paula Pennington de la Bretonne of the Pennington Family Foundation is organizing the match to assist the thousands of students who were victims of either Hurricane Katrina or Rita.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds derived from this event will be donated to the LSU Health Sciences Center – Student Relief Fund,” said de la Bretonne. “Many of these students lost everything and this fundraiser is a way of easing some of the hardships these dedicated students are enduring.”

LSUHSC programs include: medical, dental, nursing, public health, allied health professions and graduate studies.

“The LSU Health Sciences Center students, faculty and staff are very grateful for the efforts of the organizations and individuals who have come together to coordinate this event,” said Florence Andre’, President of the LSU Health Sciences Center Foundation. “The devastation to our programs by the hurricanes has been catastrophic, but through the support of the citizens of Louisiana and the dedication of the LSUHSC family, we are working our way back to excellence.”

The “Duel Under the Oaks” activities begin at 9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 29 with a tennis clinic for boys and girls, ages 7 to 17, at W.T Robinson Tennis Stadium on the LSU campus.

Stella Sampras-Webster, Pete Sampras’ sister and women’s tennis coach at UCLA, will be assisting Sampras and Martin with the clinic. Sampras and Martin will show the youngsters the fundamentals as they hit with the LSU men’s and women’s tennis teams. Prizes will be given throughout the clinic.

At noon in the Maravich Assembly Center, there will be an LSU tennis team exhibition, followed by a celebrity match featuring actor Scott Foley of TV hit “The Unit” and Baton Rouge actor Wes Brown, currently co-starring with Matthew McConaughey in the movie “We are Marshall” to be released in December 2006. The Sampras/Martin exhibition follows at 2 p.m.

Pete Sampras became the youngest man to win the U.S. Open in 1990 when he was 19 years old. He has won seven Wimbledon titles, five U.S. Opens and two Australian Opens throughout his career. In 2001, Sampras won his eighth and ninth ESPY awards for Male Tennis Performer of the year and Record Breaking Performance of the Year. He finished his career defeating Andre Agassi in the 2002 U.S. Open to claim his 14th Grand Slam Title.

Todd Martin was a finalist at the 1999 U.S. Open and the 1994 Australian Open. He reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Grand Slam Cup in 1994. Martin played the Davis Cup for the United States every year between 1994 and 2002. Twice his peers recognized him with the Tour Sportsmanship Award for his abiding respect for the sport and his competitors.

Sampras and Martin partnered at the Davis Cup in the United States in 1995 to win the doubles title. They competed in the 2001 Australian Open, with Martin beating Sampras in the fourth round.

Tickets are $25 and $20, with special $10 tickets available for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lsusports.net or by calling 800-960-8587 or 225-578-2184 or the LSU Athletic Ticket Office. For more information please visit www.dueloaks.com.

angiel
10-17-2006, 05:24 PM
Fundraiser benefits LSU students in N.O.

By JOHN BOYD
Advocate staff writer
Published: Oct 13, 2006



Six forty-five on a Monday morning in September — an odd time for Mardi Gras but Derek Vonderhaar, 25, wasn’t sure how else to describe the scene outside his car window.

The streets were filling, a glorious excitement rumbled in the belly of the city and a frenetic energy wafted from the Superdome, as palpable as the smell of tailgate barbecue.

The Saints were back, and the spirit of New Orleans had come to greet them.

Vonderhaar was glad to be back home.

“My history is here, this is where I grew up,” he said. “I want nothing less than to stay in this city.”

However, like other medical students in his class at LSU’s Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Vonderhaar said he worries about his future in the Crescent City, worries that Katrina washed away many of the opportunities New Orleans offered for the area’s up-and-coming medical professionals.

Their concerns have become the concern of the Health Sciences Center Foundation, which hosts a tennis-themed fundraiser to benefit the HSC’s students on Oct. 29 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Organizers say they hope the money raised will allow students, such as Vonderhaar, to stay in southeast Louisiana to practice medicine.

An encounter between tennis greats Pete Sampras and Todd Martin highlights the fundraiser, titled the “Duel Under the Oaks.”

The day begins with a morning youth tennis clinic taught by Stella Sampras-Webster, women’s tennis coach at UCLA and Pete Sampras’ sister, and will be followed by a tennis demonstration by the LSU tennis squads.

Baton Rouge actor Wes Brown (“Glory Road”) and “The Unit” star Scott Foley square off in a celebrity tennis match afterward, leading up to the main event between Sampras and Martin.

Co-organizer Paula Pennington de la Bretonne, a longtime tennis fan, helped convince Sampras to participate in the event. Pennington de la Bretonne’s son was a student at the HSC when Katrina hit New Orleans, leaving the center empty, sitting in water and its students scattered across the country.

The storm came as many students were expecting to receive financial aid from the school. Unlike undergraduates who might hold part-time jobs to earn extra cash, medical students are discouraged from outside work. Many rely solely on aid from the school to pay not only tuition, but rent and basic living expenses.

Kizzy Eymard, 27, a third-year student at the center, said the storm delayed her first financial aid check since the previous January. With no money, she relocated to Baton Rouge where classes picked up in late September 2006.

She continued to pay rent for her abandoned New Orleans home throughout the 2005 fall semester, in addition to the partial rent she paid to a Baton Rouge friend who took her in.

Rather than paying for dual-residency for the spring semester, Eymard moved back to New Orleans that winter semester, commuting to Baton Rouge for classes each morning.

What couldn’t be borrowed was put on credit cards, Eymard said.

Similar occurrences are the reason why many HSC students are swimming in hurricane debt now that classes have returned to New Orleans, associate dean of student affairs Dr. Joseph Delcarpio said.

“Part of the money that we’ll be receiving (from the fundraiser) will hopefully defer some of those costs,” Delcarpio said.

As problematic for many of the students is the lost opportunity.

Charity Hospital, the largest public hospital in the city, will not be reopening in New Orleans. Serving a medical school rotation at Charity “pretty much speaks for itself,” Eymard said, an experience a student can build a reputation on.

“Most of us came to New Orleans to get experience at Charity and that’s not going to happen,” she said.

Instead its patient load will be distributed to other hospitals, including University Hospital, which will continue seeing patients in November.

Larry Hollier, chancellor of the Health Sciences Center and Dean of the School of Medicine, said students will receive the same “Charity experience.” Most actually will receive a greater patient volume and more hands-on experience than they probably would have if Charity remained open, he said.



“It just won’t be all in this one monolithic experience,” he said. “That’s what people are going to miss.”

Otherwise, life at the Health Science Center is inching toward normal.

Vonderhaar returned to New Orleans in May to help relocate Ozanam Inn, a student-run shelter and clinic for the city’s homeless. He and Eymard both have been selected to receive scholarships from the money raised by “Duel Under the Oaks.”

A log-jam of small victories has turned the center into one big victory, the administration says. Only the center’s dental school remains in Baton Rouge. The other five have returned to New Orleans, “still stretching” a little, Delcarpio said, but there.

“We have facilities problems and they’re slowly getting fixed but not as fast as you’d like it to happen,” he said.

After a year of obstacles, such inconveniences hardly seem worth fretting about, or at least that seems to be a common consensus among both students and administrators.

For now, students, such as Vonderhaar, say they are willing to stick it out.

“It’s a great feeling to be back because this is where the students wanted to be,” he said. “We chose to come to school here for a reason.”

angiel
10-23-2006, 11:07 PM
Sampras lends a helping hand
Exhibition vs. Martin in Baton Rouge to aid students at LSU

Sunday, October 22, 2006
By Kyle Whitfield


Pete Sampras and Todd Martin met 22 times in an 11-year span during their pro tennis careers. They have played in high-stakes events such as Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and each won millions of dollars in prize money.

But when the two retired stars meet next Sunday at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, they will not be playing for a major championship or a big paycheck.

Instead, Sampras and Martin will be playing in the Duel Under the Oaks, an exhibition to help raise money for LSU Health Sciences Center students impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.



The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation is sponsoring the event.

Sampras, 762-222 in singles play, said he witnessed the misery caused by Katrina on television and is eager to assist in the recovery.

"I felt once this opportunity came up I would do my part, playing tennis and being who I am, that can hopefully draw some people into a stadium, sell some tickets and make some money," said Sampras, who won a record 14 Grand Slam titles.

Though he is retired, Sampras said he still enjoys playing and does not mind a friendly, competitive match every now and then.

"I enjoy playing, but what I think I really enjoy is the preparation and the work," Sampras said. "It's not something that I have to do every day and really have the life that I used to have. But it's something that gives me a little structure and focus."

Sampras said he expects a competitive match against Martin, even though he has an 18-4 advantage against him.

"I've had a little bit of a better end of it with Todd, but he's always given me problems because he is a tall, lanky guy with a pretty big serve and returns well," Sampras said. "We've always had pretty good matches."



Sampras most recently played about a month ago in an exhibition match that raised more than $350,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. In the match, Sampras defeated Andy Roddick 5-3, 5-3.

"Actually performing and playing against a Roddick, it gets my juices going a little bit, and I do look forward to it," Sampras said. "When you don't do something for a long time, you miss it and you appreciate what you had."

Martin said he also enjoys competing in his retired years, and the decision to play in the exhibition to help raise money was a no-brainer.



"Playing an exhibition here and there is to my liking, and just about perfect for my (routine) because I don't want to be out in a training capacity every day of the week," said Martin, who has won eight singles titles and compiled a 411-234 career singles record.

Now living in Jacksonville, Fla., Martin said he knows firsthand the danger associated with a powerful hurricane making landfall along the Gulf Coast.

"To see last year, the storm on the radar track to New Orleans, was scary," Martin said. "The footage of everything -- the footage of the storm, the footage of the aftermath and the footage of the personal suffering in the area -- was heart-wrenching."

Baton Rouge resident Paula Pennington de la Bretonne, a Pennington Foundation trustee and co-organizer of the event, said she always wanted Sampras to play a match in Baton Rouge but did not know if it would ever materialize.

De la Bretonne met Sampras at Wimbledon in 2000 and has stayed in contact with him. She said she pitched to Sampras the idea of playing in Baton Rouge a couple of times, and he agreed this past January to do so.

After Sampras pledged to play in Baton Rouge, and after witnessing the hardship the LSUHSC students were enduring, de la Bretonne decided the match would be an ideal platform to raise money.

"My son, Michael Blackstone, was a senior at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans when Katrina hit, and his wife was eight months pregnant," de la Bretonne said. "They just thought they were going to be (in Baton Rouge) for two or three days, and they just packed for that amount. So what they had was the clothes on their back."

"They had 6 to 8 feet of water in their house in Lakeview," she said.

Florence Andrè, president of the LSUHSC Foundation, which raises money to help support the center, said this is the first fund-raising event of its kind since Katrina, where the money from the event will go directly to the students.

"It's a feel-good event," Andrè said. "You feel good about going because you're seeing these tremendous players, and you feel good about giving money to it because you know it's going not to the [players] but to the students."

De la Bretonne said she has been pleasantly surprised by the city's reception to the event. So far about 6,000 tickets have been sold, and all the available sponsorship slots have been filled.

"When I first approached people about this, they were very skeptical," de la Bretonne said. "They said, 'Oh, this won't happen. This is Baton Rouge. This is not going to happen,' It's been very surprising."