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Pete returns, to the over-30 Tour.

angiel
01-31-2007, 10:57 PM
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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angiel
01-31-2007, 11:39 PM
The Glove
Weed, sports and retirement
By David Glovsky, The Dartmouth Staff
Published on Tuesday, January 30, 2007



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.

almouchie
02-01-2007, 09:55 AM
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

angiel
02-01-2007, 09:10 PM
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:wavey: :wavey:

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.:angel: :angel:

Richard_from_Cal
02-06-2007, 04:54 AM
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...?

angiel
02-06-2007, 09:47 PM
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:( :(

angiel
02-06-2007, 10:26 PM
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:worship: :worship: :angel:

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.

© 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

angiel
02-06-2007, 10:51 PM
Published: February 06, 2007 12:00 am

Hall-of-Famer Sampras back in competitive mode

By Howard Ulman , Associated Press
Eagle-Tribune


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.:angel: :worship: :worship:

angiel
02-10-2007, 12:14 AM
Boston Marks Sampras' Return to Tennis
HOWARD ULMAN
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.


———


AP Sports Writer Ira Podell in New York contributed to this report.

angiel
02-15-2007, 05:57 PM
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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angiel
02-16-2007, 04:30 PM
http://hosted.ap.org/photos/N/NY11601291859-big.jpg



Carolina on his mind
Sampras plans September return in Champions tour

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.

angiel
02-16-2007, 05:42 PM
Posted on Thu, Feb. 15, 2007

MEN'S TENNIS: SENIOR TOUR
Sampras to play in Charlotte event

Senior schedule suits former No. 1 player

RICK BONNELL
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com


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."

Greg-Pete fan
02-16-2007, 05:47 PM
Sampras returning, years after invite
- petepage

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.

Source: Times Union

angiel
03-17-2007, 06:53 PM
Champion's Cup is great




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.



©Marco Island Sun Times 2007

angiel
03-19-2007, 06:13 PM
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.

Eden
04-04-2007, 06:56 PM
:wavey:

Sampras to play in Champions series

Boston, Massachusetts, April 04:
Tennis legend Pete Sampras will return to the tennis court next month when he plays in the outback Champions series, a circuit of former stars.

Sampras, who won a record 14 Grand Slam titles, has not taken to the court competitively since winning the 2002 U.S. Open in his farewell to competitive tennis. He was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in January.

Sampras will make his return in Champions Cup Boston, the second tournament of the series at Agganis arena from May 2-6. He will join stars such as John McEnroe and Jim Courier.

In his first match on May 3, Sampras will face former Australian Open champion Petr Korda. Two nights later, he will take on McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam champion.

http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=363862&ssid=92&sid=SPO

The match between Pete and Johnny Mac will be especially interesting :cool:

Greg-Pete fan
04-04-2007, 07:15 PM
Thank you Eden:worship: Classical matches vs Korda and McEnroe. Wonderful news:)

the_natural
04-08-2007, 05:08 AM
Im interested to see him get Korda!!

angiel
04-09-2007, 08:59 PM
Jim Courier, a former worlds No. 1 tennis player and organizer of the Champions Series told me that Pete Sampras will come out of retirement and play in his tournament this year. Courier rates Sampras, Rod Laver and Roger Federer as the all-time greatest players. "Each in his era," said Courier ...:worship: :worship: :D

angiel
04-09-2007, 09:06 PM
Mike Szostak



Sampras returning to tournament competition

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, April 8, 2007



The last time we saw him at a tournament, he was clearing a railing at the National Tennis Center, making his way through a crowd of cheering admirers and hugging his wife.

That was at the 2002 U.S. Open.

In 3½ weeks, Pete Sampras will return to tournament tennis when he plays the former Australian Open champion Petr Korda at the Champions Cup in Boston. Show time at Boston University’s Agganis Arena will be May 3 at 8:30 because John McEnroe and Pat Cash will lead off the night’s program at 7.

This will probably be one of the few times in his career that McEnroe will be upstaged.

The Champions Cup is part of Jim Courier’s Outback Champions Series, a six-city tour featuring former Grand Slam champions and finalists, Davis Cup champions and players formerly ranked in the Top 5 on the ATP Tour. Wayne Ferreira won the first tournament of 2007 at Naples, Fla., last month. The Champions Cup May 2-6 is the next stop, and the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport Aug. 22-26 the third. Fall tournaments are scheduled for Charlotte in September, Dallas in October and Houston in November.

Sampras has committed to Charlotte as well as to Boston.

The Outback Champions Series is a round-robin format, so tennis fans will have more than one opportunity to see Sampras next month. He is scheduled to play Mats Wilander May 4 at 7:30 and McEnroe May 5 after Cash and Jimmy Arias meet at 7:30. Depending on his results in his three matches, he could return on May 6 for the third-place or championship match.

The Boston field also includes Todd Martin and Courier.

After beating Andre Agassi in the 2002 U.S. Open final, Sampras retired from tennis and the limelight he tried so hard to avoid during his career. He returned last year to play several exhibitions and World Team Tennis.

Sampras, winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July and has shown no interest at this point in returning in August for the Gibson Cup. McEnroe, Courier and Wilander, each a Hall of Famer, have agreed to play in Newport.

MARDY FISH, the ATP’s 2006 Comeback Player of the Year, has entered the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships July 9-15 in Newport for the sixth time in his career.

Fish had two operations on his left wrist in 2005, and his ranking plummeted to below No. 300 in the world. He played his way back to the Top 50 last year and finished the season at No. 47. He reached the quarterfinals at three tournaments, Newport among them, and won his second career title at Houston.

This year, he has reached the quarterfinal at the Australian Open, his best finish in a Grand Slam tournament, and San Jose and the semifinals at Aukland and Memphis. He was ranked No. 22 last week.

Fish is a three-time quarterfinalist on the Hall of Fame grass.

For ticket information, contact the Hall of Fame at tennisfame.com or at 866-914-FAME. The July 14 session featuring the semifinals and the induction of Sampras, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sven Davidson and Russ Adams is sold out.

THE SOUTH COUNTY Community Tennis Association is sponsoring USTA Junior Team Tennis this summer and will begin registration on April 23. Junior Team Tennis is a co-ed program with at least three boys and three girls of similar skill levels on a team. Teams are organized by age group and open to players 6 to 18. Skill development is the primary focus. An informational meeting is scheduled for April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia Road, Peace Dale. Contact Sandy Sweet at 401-783-0721 or at sccta@aol.com.

IF YOU ARE interested in learning how to teach tennis, sign up for the USTA Recrational Coaches Workshop next Sunday at the Sackett Street Recreation Center in Providence. The six-hour program is designed for new coaches and for experienced coaches interested in current techniques. Anyone who completes the session will receive U.S. Professional Tennis Association Develpomental Coach Certification.

The workshop is being sponsored by the Providence After School Alliance in conjunction with the USTA, USPTA and Professional Tennis Registry. The fee is $10 and includes lunch, water and teaching materials. Doug Chapman, USTA community tennis coordinator and a former high-school and college coach, will direct the program. Advance registration is necessary. The center is located at 159 Sackett Street. Contact Patrick Duhon at 401-490-9599, ext. 116 or at pduhon@edpartnership.org.

THE BLACKSTONE Valley Tennis Association is seeking volunteers to help with the Special Olympics, which is introducing tennis to the Northern Area Games at Bryant University May 6 and the Rhode Island State Summer Games June 2 at the University of Rhode Island. An orientation is scheduled for April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Murray Center, Room 202, at Rhode Island College. Contact Joanne Macksoud of the BVTA at 508-212-8187 or at jam10scoach@aol.com.

mszostak@projo.com

angiel
04-09-2007, 09:32 PM
BBC Sports.


http://treywhitaker.blogspot.com/2006%2007%2021%20-%20Sampras%20-%201.jpg




Sampras to face Korda in Boston


Tennis legend Pete Sampras will make his latest competitive appearance against Petr Korda in Boston on 3 May.


The 35-year-old American will play in the Champions Cup Boston, part of the Outback Champions Series for over-30s.

Sampras will first face former Australian Open champion Korda and will also take on John McEnroe on 5 May.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion retired after winning the US Open in 2002 and appeared in the World Team Tennis competition in 2006.

"I still love the sport, and I want to see how I feel and play a match I really want to win," he said in January.

"I will catch up with old competitors, old friends, and see if I still have a few things left in the bag," added the 14-time Grand Slam singles winner.

"The stakes are a little bit higher playing in a tournament and against some former greats.

"There's a sense of satisfaction in that. Not like it used to be, but you want to win and play well."

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.

Sampras won seven Wimbledon titles, five US Opens, two Australian Opens, and spent a record 286 weeks ranked world number one.

He is due to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July.

the_natural
04-22-2007, 06:43 AM
OOOOOhhhh I Hope pete beats all of them, and then goes off to greece and beats The scud and Richard Kraijicek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

angiel
04-23-2007, 08:25 PM
OOOOOhhhh I Hope pete beats all of them, and then goes off to greece and beats The scud and Richard Kraijicek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I cant wait to see what he does this summer:worship: :angel: I am just happy he is playing.:wavey: :D

angiel
04-28-2007, 07:20 PM
After Time Away, Sampras Eager For His Return To Court

By JOEY JOHNSTON The Tampa Tribune

Published: Apr 28, 2007





TAMPA - There was nothing left. Pete Sampras knew it. In the months following the 2002 U.S. Open - and his stunning championship match win against Andre Agassi that erased two seasons of late-career disappointment - Sampras was ready to walk away.

And in truth, he disappeared from tennis with an all-out sprint to a normal family life.

What more was there to prove?

He had a record 14 Grand Slam singles championships, along with more than $43 million in career earnings.

He had a final act that was part-John Elway, part-Ted Williams, part-Ray Bourque - a perfect finish.

He was living the life - retired in California with his wife and two children, sleeping late, playing some golf, hanging out.

"How much golf can you have and how many mornings can you have with really nothing to do?" Sampras said. "When you give up that competitive life - cold turkey - the break is really nice for a while. You can rest your body and rest your mind. As time goes on, though, you have too many days when you don't feel fulfilled.

"When it comes down to it, I believe a man has to work."

Even when that work is play.

Sampras, still unsure where this latest phase will lead, isn't making a complete comeback, but he's back in the game. Tonight, Sampras will participate in the fourth annual Mercedes-Benz Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum, competing in a best-of-three exhibition against his boyhood buddy and longtime rival, Jim Courier.

Next week, Sampras, 35, will head to Boston for an Outback Champions Series event on the fledgling 30-and-over tour originated by Courier's company, InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.

"Pete is one of the greatest champions our sport has ever seen," Courier said. "It will be wonderful to see him engaged and energized in a match. People will respond to him. He gave the sport some unbelievable moments."

The 1990 U.S. Open title - beating Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Agassi in succession - at age 19. Then four more trophies at Flushing Meadow.

Seven Wimbledon championships in eight years.

Two titles at the Australian Open.

Serving on a pair of U.S. teams that won the Davis Cup.

The first man to register a season with 1,000 aces.

Does that Pete Sampras still exist?

"Having not competed for five years, I don't know what to expect," Sampras said. "One thing I can still do pretty good is hold serve. The serve-and-volley is still there. The movement is pretty good. I'm using a bigger racket and that helps with power.

"I'm certainly not expecting miracles out there. As you get older, you're not quite as sharp, you don't practice quite as hard. But we all have a lot of pride. I want to play somewhat at the level where I was. Throughout the whole thing, I just really want to enjoy it."

Sampras once was a prisoner to his ATP Tour schedule, chasing computer points, satisfying sponsors, working through the yearlong grind. Now he will pick and choose.

"Getting tennis back in will add some balance to my life," Sampras said. "Tennis gives me a focus, something I can control, something I'm accustomed to.

"I love my family and cherish the moments I spend with them. But I think getting back into things at this level, this will give me a sense of accomplishment, something to work toward, and hopefully it will make me an even better dad. There just comes a time when you have to get your hands dirty again."

Sampras doesn't miss the week-to-week rhythm of his tennis heyday.

But he does miss Wimbledon's Centre Court, the U.S. Open, the relationships with players such as Courier and Agassi.

Tonight represents a rekindling of those memories - particularly because the event is held in Tampa, where Sampras lived for six years during his ascension to the No. 1 ranking.

"I always had a great time in Tampa because people treated me so well and I got such great training at Saddlebrook," Sampras said. "Those were the days when I was going so hard, and coming home to Tampa was always a great feeling.

"I do miss those days in a way. I miss the arena. I really miss those four weeks of the year [Wimbledon and U.S. Open]. But I don't necessarily miss the limelight and all the attention. I'm definitely in a new phase of my life, but I'm grateful to have a chance to compete again and see what I can do."

AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Fourth Annual Mercedes-Benz Classic tennis exhibition

WHERE: St. Pete Times Forum

WHEN: Tonight

SCHEDULE: Celebrity doubles (Jon Lovitz/Chris Evert vs. Donal Logue/Nicole Vaidisova), 6:30 p.m.; Mixed doubles (Rennae Stubbs/Jim Courier vs. Pete Sampras/Vaidisova), 7:15 p.m.; Men's best-of-three match (Sampras vs. Courier), 8:20 p.m.

TICKETS: $96.75, $56.75, $31.75 and $21.75 (not including service charges), available at the St. Pete Times box office or Ticketmaster outlets (813-287-8844 or 727-898-2100). Group discounts are available by calling (813) 301-6900.

MORE INFORMATION: Call (813) 301-2500 or log onto

www.stpetetimesforum.com.

Reporter Joey Johnston can be reached at (813) 259-7353 or jjohnston@tampatrib.com.

angiel
04-30-2007, 07:25 PM
The Boston Globe.


FIRST PERSON
Racket Man

Tennis great Pete Sampras is back at 35 and playing in the Outback Champions Series, which comes to Boston Wednesday.

By Doug Most | April 29, 2007


How has retirement been?



The first couple years were a lot of fun. I didn't have to worry about playing or training. Had a little baby. After three or four years, I got a little restless – you can only golf so much.

Were you at least playing tennis occasionally, or was your racket literally collecting dust?

It was collecting dust in the basement. I didn't pick up a racket. Had no interest. It's tiring. Now I have more of a reason: I'm competing.

Did you miss competing? How did your life change?

I didn't do anything for two years. I ate what I wanted to eat. Then I saw a picture of myself. What happened? My face – I've got two chins. I used to be an athlete. This has got to stop. Now I'm probably close to my playing weight again. Roger Federer is dominating men's tennis now the way you did in your prime. I'm a fan of his temperament. Not brash. When I watch him play, I see what I could do. That's the competitor in me.

Who would be better in our primes?

I think our games are quite different, our movement's similar.

How would you do against him today?

I hit with him three weeks ago, held my own. I can still hold serve pretty handily. That's half the battle of tennis. But is that good enough for you? What about the rest of the players on this over-30 tour?

Can you be happy just competing again, or do you have to win?

We want to win. There is time to have a little fun and show a lighter side, but we want to play well and win. We're not at the level guys are playing at today, but pretty close. We're not strung quite as tight, needing to win and having to win. That doesn't sound like comeback talk.

The day-in and day-out grind of the sport, the track work and all that, is not in me anymore. I have two boys, 4 and a half and a year and a half old. I'm chasing them around.

Put a racket in their hands yet?

My 4-year-old has a small racket; he loves it. He's got this funky grip. When I tell him to change it, he says, “Daddy, I know.”

You turned pro at 17. Do you think it's smart for athletes to get into professional sports so young?

You need good people around you. Take your time. Look at [golfer] Michelle Wie, who sort of exploded, but it might have hurt her career. It's a fine balance of what you want in your life. Having good parents, a good upbringing, a good agent, setting up your life to be the best in your sport – pick and choose, and be smart about it.
[B]– Doug Most

© Copyright 2007 Globe Newspaper Company.

angiel
05-01-2007, 05:20 PM
Sampras Opens Champions Cup Boston Against Korda; Courier Meets Ferreira


By Tennis Week
04/30/2007


Grand Slam record holders headline the Champions Cup Boston this week. Pete Sampras, who owns a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles, will play his first tournament match since winning the 2002 U.S. Open on Thursday, May 3. Top-ranked Wayne Ferreira, who played in a record 56 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments from 1991 to 2004, meets Jim Courier on Wednesday, May 2.

The round-robin tournament is set for May 2-6 at Boston University's Agganis Arena.

Sampras' first Outback Champions Series match pits him against the man who knocked him out of the 1997 U.S. Open — Petr Korda.

The 35-year-old Ferreira replaces Jimmy Arias in the draw. Arias injured his foot last week. Ferreira won 15 singles titles during his 17-year ATP career, which saw him reach the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1992 and 2003. A silver medalist in men's doubles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Ferreira is bidding for his fourth straight Champions Series final.

On the 2006 Outback Champions Series tour, Ferreira won the Stanford Cup in Houston defeating Magnus Larsson 7-5, 6-3 and reached the Championship Match of the Stanford Championships in Memphis, losing to Larsson 6-3, 6-4. In March of 2007, the South African won the Outback Champions Series event in Naples, defeating Aaron Krickstein in the finals of The Oliver Group Champions Cup.

Featuring a field consisting of Sampras, Ferreira, Courier, John McEnroe, Todd Martin, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, and Korda, Champions Cup Boston is the second tournament of the 2007 Outback Champions Series.

In a match featuring a battle of two seven-time Grand Slam Champions, McEnroe will take on Wilander on Thursday, May 3. 2006.

Defending Champions Cup Boston champion Martin and former Wimbledon champion Cash will kick off play on Wednesday, May 2, followed by four-time Grand Slam winner Courier vs. Arias. The highly-anticipated match between Sampras and McEnroe will take place during the night session on Saturday May, 5.

"We are thrilled to return to Boston and give New England’s fans the opportunity to see world class tennis played by some of the greatest names to ever play the game," said Courier, co-founder of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and The Outback Champions Series. "Last year’s Champions Cup Boston was a big success and the strong field in place for this year’s tournament promises more great action in 2007. With Pete joining the Outback Champions Series, the already competitive level of play gets even tougher and I am looking forward to the challenge Pete will present for all of us. I am also very pleased to have Champions Cup Boston benefit Tenacity for the second straight year. Tenacity is a wonderful tennis and life skills program supporting children in the greater Boston area which makes it an ideal fit for Champions Cup Boston."

Champions Cup Boston features an eight-man round-robin match format with the winner of each four-player group meeting in the championship match on Sunday, May 6 while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. Competitors in Group A feature world No. 1 players Sampras, McEnroe and Mats Wilander along with Korda. Players in Group B consist of former world No. 1 Courier, former Wimbledon champion Cash, Martin and Arias.

Tickets start at just $15 and are available at (617) 931–2000 or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

Champions Cup Boston Schedule of Play

Wednesday, May 2
Night Session Beginning at 7 p.m.
Todd Martin vs. Pat Cash
Jim Courier vs. Wayne Ferreira

Thursday, May 3
Night Session Beginning at 7 p.m.
John McEnroe vs. Mats Wilander
Pete Sampras vs. Petr Korda

Friday, May 4
Day Session Beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Todd Martin vs. Wayne Ferreira
Jim Courier vs. Pat Cash
Night Session Beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Pete Sampras vs. Mats Wilander
John McEnroe vs. Petr Korda

Saturday, May 5
Day Session Beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Mats Wilander vs. Petr Korda
Jim Courier vs. Todd Martin
Night Session Beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Pat Cash vs. Wayne Ferreira
Pete Sampras vs. John McEnroe

Sunday, May 6
Day Session Beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Third Place Match
Championship Match

angiel
06-07-2007, 11:59 PM
The Champions Return
5.17.07 Sportstar Weekly

By his own admission Pete Sampras was starting to miss the crowds; and now, curiously enough, his former low profile is what makes him so refreshingly interesting, writes Vijay Parthasarathy.


Pete Sampras's high profile entry into the outback champions series, as Todd Martin asserts, adds a tremendous amount of legitimacy to what the oldies are doing.

Like, come on, surely it is just a matter of time before Andre retrieves that old Head from the closet and the Nike pairs too, just as surely it is only a matter of time before Roger Federer confronts his demons first and then defects to the Champions Tour to take history itself by the horns.

It happened to McEnroe, it happened to Courier, and while you didn't necessarily see this happening in the case of Pete Sampras, you see the broad pattern: sooner or later they must succumb to boredom and head back to the courts.

The personalities may be different but always there are points of convergence, moments of resonance. McEnroe's genius wasn't averse to announcing itself on a megaphone whereas Sampras was muted and borderline cold towards fellow players; but dash it all, this isn't about a clash of personalities, this is a contest between two of the greatest players in the history of tennis!

Erroneous it might be to compare across generations, yet senior Tours are increasingly throwing up fantasy permutations once solely encountered in video games. Scoff if you will that these old men are past their prime but the prospect of Pete `knock-knees' Sampras taking on a hamstrung Bjorn Borg is even now too dishy to pass up.

No question, today clinical efficiency has taken the place of old-world charm. Take Marat Safin out of the equation and drab characters abound in a sea of faces, and the ones with a minor amount of charm — like Dmitry Tursunov, for example — are more famous for the faces they make than the tennis they play.

All this focus on winning has robbed the game of something.

And while the image of old men knocking a few balls around isn't likely to impress everyone, it does offer a pleasant contrast to that two-horse contest featuring Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Sampras's high profile entry into the Outback Champions Series, as Todd Martin asserts, adds a tremendous amount of legitimacy to what the oldies are doing.

"For me, it's great to know that the best player in our era still wants to compete, still wants to beat me," Martin said, perhaps inadvertently revealing a masochistic streak but making a point nonetheless.

Rest assured, 14-time Slam winner Sampras, whose persona back in the old days was conspicuously devoid of drollness, is not back to flaunt a latent gift for stand-up. There were, uncharacteristically, moments when Sampras smiled; he is even indulging himself by experimenting with a larger racquet, reportedly something in the region of 98 sq. inch, as opposed to his trusty Wilson PS 85. But the power is still there in the serve really, and he is here to win. And win he did, last fortnight in Boston.

Make no mistake — these were not silly, gimmicky exhibition matches on a court divided in two surfaces one clay, the other grass. The players were only contesting two sets and a tie-break, out of kindness to their lungs and ligaments, but otherwise no charity was asked, no charity given. Sampras won some fiercely contested battles, none closer than the final against Martin, his former Davis Cup teammate, when he saved three match points in the tie-break and then took the trophy.

Yes, you would have expected the man most still regard as the greatest player of all time to crack a whip, assert his authority instantly. But this is a man who didn't watch tennis, let alone touch a racquet, for three years after winning the 2002 US Open, a man who in the interim changed more diapers than grips. At 31 his retirement was premature but sensibly he took his fairytale ending and went in peace, his reputation at a peak. Ambition sated, the jowl begins to droop.

But five years away from the Tour and Sampras was itching for competition. He couldn't have had it any other way because tennis for him used to be more than a sport. It was a way of life, the only one he was accustomed to.

You may want nothing to do with a club that wants you for a member, but wait till it withdraws the promise of free parking. Fame came hunting for him, not the other way round and Sampras was a reluctant self-promoter, whose quasi-robotic appeal was anyway limited to connoisseurs. Nevertheless, by his own admission he was starting to miss the crowds; and now, curiously enough, his former low profile is what makes him so refreshingly interesting. We can't get enough of him, of what he has to say — about Federer, about the state of men's tennis, about virtually anything.

After his win, Sampras made the aberrantly bold claim that he could beat anybody, and an exhibition match against Federer, to be held after the Masters Cup, could be arranged.

"I was thoroughly unprepared for a lot of what he had to offer," confirmed Martin, the winner of last year's Boston event. "The only recourse I had was to turn it into a tennis match rather than a skills test, because his skills are better than mine." Like, come on, Agassi being Agassi, must soon tire of the anonymity — Jaden Gil versus Christian be damned, I'd rather watch the fathers.

Lee
06-08-2007, 10:01 PM
:woohoo: One of the HD channels I have will show the matches. Not sure they will show Pete though. :p

Mimi
06-09-2007, 04:07 AM
wish you are able to watch him, have a nice weekend :woohoo: :hug: :woohoo: One of the HD channels I have will show the matches. Not sure they will show Pete though. :p

angiel
06-09-2007, 08:03 PM
:woohoo: One of the HD channels I have will show the matches. Not sure they will show Pete though. :p


What matches Lee???::( :confused:

Lee
06-09-2007, 08:39 PM
Not sure exactly what matches though but I believe Pete will be there.

angiel
06-11-2007, 11:19 PM
Dubai To Host Outback Champions Series Event


InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Outback Champions Series will continue its international expansion as The Dubai Tennis Stadium in Dubai, U.A.E will host a new Outback Champions Series tennis tournament, November 20-24. The Legends Rock Dubai becomes the second Outback Champions Series event to be staged outside of the United States, joining The Champions Cup - Athens that was won by Pete Sampras at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Athens, Greece in May. InsideOut Sports and Entertainment signed a five-year deal with Dubai-based Delwood Sports Marketing for the event to be staged in the U.A.E.

The Outback Champions Series - the champions' tennis circuit co-founded by InsideOut in 2005 - is a collection of tennis events featuring the greatest names in the sport over the age of 30. Dubai will be the seventh event on the 2007 Outback Champions Series calendar. InsideOut also announced that the Stanford Championships in Houston – originally scheduled as the seventh and final event of the 2007 Series - will not be played in 2007 due to construction at the event venue – the River Oaks Country Club.

Headlining the event in Dubai will be Courier, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Pat Cash, Paul Haarhuis and another Champion to be named later. Unlike other Outback Champions Series events, where eight competitors will compete in a round-robin format, the Dubai event will feature a six-player single-elimination tournament with the top two seeded players receiving byes. The event will feature the traditional eight-player round-robin format beginning in 2008.

"Dubai has rapidly become a major international commerce as well as tourist destination and we are excited to be part of its growing sports and entertainment landscape," said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports and Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. "We are very pleased at the welcome reception the Outback Champions Series has received across the United States and now in other locations around the world. We look forward to further growth on the Outback Champions Series in the years to come."

"It is an honor to become a part of the Outback Champions Series,” said Legends Rock Dubai Tournament Director Farbod Dowlatshahi. “Working with InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and especially Jim Courier is a personal pleasure for me as he was always one of my on-court idols. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with both the Outback Champions Series and Jim."

The 2007 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 7-11 in Naples, Fla.., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where Wayne Ferreira of South Africa defeated Aaron Krickstein in the final. Pete Sampras returned to tournament tennis for the first time since the 2002 US Open at the Champions Cup - Boston and won the title, defeating Todd Martin in the final. Sampras also won the third event on the 2007 Outback Champions Series, the Champions Cup – Athens, in his first ever visit to Greece, the homeland of his father Sam and mother Georgia. Upcoming events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series calendar include stops in Newport, R.I., Charlotte, N.C., and Dallas, Texas.

Players participating in The Legends Rock Dubai will receive Champions Series ranking points that will determine the overall 2007 year-end No. 1 player. In 2006, Courier finished the year as the Champions Series year-end points champion with tournament victories in Naples and Charlotte and third-place finishes in both Boston and Houston. John McEnroe finished in second place in the 2006 year-end points standings, led by a runner-up finish in Boston and a third-place finish in Naples. Martin finished in third place in the 2007 points standings, with the tournament triumph in Boston being his best result.

After three events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series, Sampras leads the points standings with 1600 points, followed by Wayne Ferreira of South Africa with 1250 points and Martin with 1200 points.

angiel
06-27-2007, 12:40 AM
http://www.southern.usta.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=437246&iNewsCat=%3CCAT%3E

angiel
06-27-2007, 10:16 PM
http://www.johnpauljonesarena.com/event_details.asp?id=93

angiel
07-18-2007, 10:07 PM
Sampras won't be back for Champions Cup




NEWPORT - Pete Sampras made his first appearance ever at the Casino - and his only one here this summer - a winning one Sunday morning.

Less than 24 hours after being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Sampras beat Todd Martin 7-5 in the Hall of Fame Classic before a capacity crowd at Bill Talbert Stadium Court.

Sampras won't be coming here next month for the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup, which will feature former No. 1 ranked players Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander.

He had played in earlier stops on this tour, including Boston.

"When Jim asked if I was interested in playing I said I'd try a couple. ... They're fun, they're competitive," Sampras said. "But I'm not going to kill myself and play a ton, just a few here and there every couple of months is all I'm looking for."

On Sunday, his entertaining, quip-filled, one-set exhibition with Martin, followed by two doubles matches, benefited the Hall of Fame and the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation, which assists brain tumor patients and their families.

After the Sampras-Martin match, Sampras joined Rod Laver in autographing rackets that were auctioned off to one person for $55,000.

Sampras and Laver on the same court begged the question: Who is the greatest player of all time? Sampras, 35, won a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles. Laver, 68, is the only men's player to have twice won all four Grand Slams in a single season (1962 and '69).

Laver told the crowd that if "you're the best in your era, that's what you should ask for."

He brought up the current rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafal Nadal. "Who's the best of their era? That's what's so great about the world of tennis."

The Rocket also paid homage to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where he was enshrined in 1981. "This is a melting pot of the world of tennis to come to."

Eden
09-25-2007, 10:29 PM
Sampras returns to clay in Charlotte

Tuesday September 25, 2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- When Pete Sampras retired five years ago, he wasn't sure if he would ever play tennis again, never mind ever step foot on a clay court.
This week, Sampras will play in this third event of the year on tennis' new senior tour -- and it's on the surface that haunted him throughout his record-breaking career.
"I didn't think I'd ever play on clay again," Sampras said. "But here I am."
Sampras faces Mikael Pernfors on Wednesday to open The Championships at The Palisades, the third and final event of the year for Sampras in the 2-year-old Outback Champions Series.
And while the surface is green clay -- a bit quicker than the red dirt that always stymied Sampras at the French Open -- it reminds him of the one thing missing from a brilliant career that included a record 14 Grand Slam titles.
"It was always a tough surface for me and it definitely diminished my serve and volley game," Sampras said in a phone interview this week. "It was a tougher surface to move on, especially at the net. I didn't cover the net quite as well. You've got to be patient. You've got to play with a lot of spin and take your time."
The 36-year-old Sampras is clearly enjoying his return to tennis. He retired after winning the 2002 U.S. Open and barely picked up a racket for three years, trading his intense competitive nature for a role as a full-time dad to his two children.
But Sampras slowly started playing again and decided to return on a limited basis this year on the circuit formed by former rival Jim Courier. Sampras committed to play in Boston, Athens and Charlotte, and has enjoyed it so much he's agreed to play a handful of exhibitions, including a November match in Malaysia against world No. 1 Roger Federer.
"I've got Federer in the back of my mind in November, so I've been spending a little bit more time in the gym, trying to get in shape," Sampras said. "I've been hitting the ball pretty good."
Sampras and Federer likely will be linked forever. Federer, after winning the U.S. Open earlier this month, is only two Grand Slam titles shy of Sampras' record. And like Sampras, Federer has never been able to win on clay at the French Open.
Sampras has already conceded Federer will eclipse his Grand Slam title -- and he believes the 26-year-old Federer will also eventually win at Roland Garros.
"I really think Roger can do it," Sampras said. "I think things need to fall into place. And the next two or three years are going to be the key years for him to win that French. I think once he gets to 29, 30, these younger guys are going to be in their prime. But I think he can win there. He grew up playing on clay. I wouldn't be surprised if he can do it."
Sampras, meanwhile, is enjoying his limited return -- and the lack of pressure. He played golf after he arrived Monday in Charlotte, something he never would have done during his career.
Sampras, who beat Todd Martin in the final of the other two senior events he's played, is also enjoying the camaraderie with his former rivals.
Sampras, using a bigger racket than his competitive days, will also face Wayne Ferreira on Friday and Anders Jarryd on Saturday in the round robin event. A matchup with Courier or Martin could loom in Sunday's final.
"I don't want to do six or seven events, but a couple of events a year is plenty for me," Sampras said. "I've enjoyed it and I've played pretty good tennis. It keeps you sharp. It's not quite the intensity it used to be, but we all take pride in playing well."

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