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Sampras Goes Greek.

angiel
04-17-2007, 05:46 PM
TennisX News.


April 17th, 2007

Sampras Goes Greek for New Senior Tour Event

by Richard Vach



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Jim Courier’s Outback Champions Series has expanded outside the U.S., announcing an event in Greece that will be played by Greek-American Pete Sampras, and Greek-Aussie Mark Philippoussis.
Philippoussis will become the first active ATP player to compete in an event on the circuit for players 30 years and older.
Other players in the field will be tour founder Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Richard Krajicek, Mats Wilander and Pat Cash. The eighth and final player in the field will be announced at a later date.
The event will be May 17-20, following Sampras’ senior tour debut at the May event in Boston.
“Playing in this event in Greece is going to be very exciting for me and something that I am really looking forward to,” Sampras said. “I’ve never had the opportunity to travel to Greece, but this event will give me the chance to see the country, meet the people and allow me to play in a tournament with a different kind of pride as a Greek-American playing in the land of my heritage.”


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For Philippoussis, who has struggled with injury, it will be an Outback Series debut.
“We are very proud of the quality of tennis and the competitive nature on the Outback Champions Series and now with a current ATP player like Mark Philippoussis playing in Athens, the bar will be further raised as we go international,” Courier said. “With golfers like Fred Funk and Craig Stadler
competing on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour in golf, it will be interesting to see Mark Philippoussis do the same in tennis on the ATP Tour and Champions Series circuits. This is going to be a fascinating event on a lot of levels.”

Xristos
04-17-2007, 06:06 PM
I think I will enter this..

Great news BTW!

gusman890
04-17-2007, 06:47 PM
win an ITF match before getting bitch slapped by Sampras.

Metis
04-17-2007, 07:05 PM
I bet these guys (and their wives) were sick of all the boring places Courier picked for the Champions Series and threatened to withdraw unless more exotic destinations were added to the schedule :lol:. Mid May is not a bad time for a vacation in Greece ;)

I am not sure though that many people in Greece know who Sampras and Philippoussis are :unsure: In any case it's nice they decided to do it. The ironic thing is my best chance to see them play is to go to the Boston event :lol:.

angiel
04-17-2007, 07:58 PM
I bet these guys (and their wives) were sick of all the boring places Courier picked for the Champions Series and threatened to withdraw unless more exotic destinations were added to the schedule :lol:. Mid May is not a bad time for a vacation in Greece ;)

I am not sure though that many people in Greece know who Sampras and Philippoussis are :unsure: In any case it's nice they decided to do it. The ironic thing is my best chance to see them play is to go to the Boston event :lol:.


You would be surprise how many people in Greece know these two guys.:worship: :angel: :wavey:

angiel
04-17-2007, 08:00 PM
Sampras goes Greek? I wish! :drool:

He is Greek you know.:D :) :cool:

Sunset of Age
04-17-2007, 08:00 PM
Sampras goes Greek? I wish! :drool:

Too easy, J'torian! :lol:

Metis
04-17-2007, 08:01 PM
You would be surprise how many people in Greece know these two guys.:worship: :angel: :wavey:

Well, only the tennis fans and, let's face it, there aren't that many in Greece :lol:.

angiel
04-17-2007, 08:07 PM
Well, only the tennis fans and, let's face it, there aren't that many in Greece :lol:.


Dont be so sure that is only tennis fans know these guys my friend, I think they are known to more than just tennis fans in Greece.:worship: :p :D :wavey:

Maybe what Pete should do is start a tennis event there.:angel: :angel:

scarecrows
04-17-2007, 08:11 PM
I think I will enter this..

Great news BTW!

after 10+ years and 30+ ATP titles you can :rocker2:

Metis
04-17-2007, 08:21 PM
Dont be so sure that is only tennis fans know these guys my friend, I think they are known to more than just tennis fans in Greece.:worship: :p :D :wavey:

Of course! Every public building in Greece is required to have Sampras' portrait across from the main entrance doors, like in old times when they used to have a portrait of the king. Additionally, February 30th has been declared a national holiday in his honor and the city if Athens is already preparing a 'Head of State'-type welcoming reception. :silly:

angiel
04-17-2007, 08:33 PM
Of course! Every public building in Greece is required to have Sampras' portrait across from the main entrance doors, like in old times when they used to have a portrait of the king. Additionally, February 30th has been declared a national holiday in his honor and the city if Athens is already preparing a 'Head of State'-type welcoming reception. :silly:



Funny:rolleyes: :rolleyes: but seriously why haven't there been a ATP tour event in Greece, Pete should start one there I think.:D :) :wavey:

scoobs
04-17-2007, 08:37 PM
Sampras goes Greek? I wish! :drool:
See I thought about it but thought it was just too obvious.

So I knew you would :devil:

Kitty de Sade
04-17-2007, 08:40 PM
See I thought about it but thought it was just too obvious.

So I knew you would :devil:

Ever vigilant in your post as second in command of the Official Smut Patrol. Bless your heart and everything else you have. :angel:

suus21
04-17-2007, 10:37 PM
Agassi should be the last player to enter the field!

flip_fan
04-18-2007, 12:32 AM
According to the athens website, Emilio Sanchez(who?) is the last player.

GROUP A
Sampras
Courier
Cash
Sanchez

GROUP B
Philippoussis
Krajicek
Martin
Wilander

Shame Mark wont play Cash.. I'm sure he would've thrown in a couple good body serves! :lol:

Athens Championship cup Website (http://www.athenschampionscup.gr/en/home.html)

angiel
04-21-2007, 06:57 PM
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