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Sampras, McEnroe, Courier to Play 2008 Champions Cup Boston

2/11/08 10:49 AM


Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Jim Courier To Play 2008 Champions Cup Boston

Outback Champions Series Event To Be Played At Boston University’s Agganis Arena, April 30 - May 4

BOSTON (February 7, 2008) – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that tournament tennis will return to Boston with the third annual Champions Cup Boston. Fourteen–time major champion Pete Sampras, seven–time major champion John McEnroe and four-time major champion Jim Courier will join five other tennis champions as they vie for the title and $150,000 in prize money at Agganis Arena April 30–May 4, 2008. Sampras will defend his Champions Cup title where, one year ago, he came out of retirement to defeat Todd Martin in a hotly contested final where he saved three match points. McEnroe finished in third place.

Boston is the third tournament on the 2008 Outback Champions Series, a collection of men’s tennis events in the United States and abroad featuring some of the greatest names in the sport over the age of 30. Additional players will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for Champions Cup Boston start at just $15 and are available now at ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or by calling (617) 931-2000.

Courier, a two-time French and Australian Open champion, made the announcement today at Agganis Arena along with Larry Greenberg, Board Chair of Tenacity, the benefiting charity of the Boston event. At the announcement, Courier squared off against Tenacity tennis students in spirited games of mini and table tennis.

“We are thrilled to bring championship tennis back to Boston,” said Courier, Co-Founder of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “Boston fans are among the most passionate supporters that we meet on the tour. I hope this is the year that I fight through the tough competition and take home the title.”

Sampras, 36, established himself as arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, winning a men’s record 14 major singles titles – seven Wimbledon titles (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000), five U.S. Open titles (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 2002) and two Australian Open titles (1994, 1999). He won 64 career ATP singles titles and was ranked No. 1 in the world for 286 weeks, including a record six-year stretch as year-end No. 1 from 1993 to 1998. In addition, Sampras helped the United States to Davis Cup titles in 1992 and 1995. Sampras finished No. 3 in the 2007 Stanford Champions Rankings with 2,400 points.

McEnroe, 48, won seven major singles titles during his illustrious career (four U.S. Open and three Wimbledon titles) and posted a historic result on the ATP Tour in 2006, winning his 78th career doubles title, pairing with Jonas Bjorkman to win the title in San Jose, Calif. McEnroe finished No. 5 in the 2007 Stanford Champions Rankings earning 1,700 points

Courier, 37, spent four years in the world Top 10 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995) and was named the ATP Player of the Year in 1992. During his 13-year ATP career, Courier won 23 singles titles, including two French Open and two Australian Open titles. Courier finished No. 2 in the 2007 Stanford Champions Rankings earning 2,450 points.

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 meet in the third place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as

Champions Series points that determine the Stanford Champions Rankings. In 2008, the year-end No. 1 in the Stanford Champions Rankings will earn a $100,000 cash bonus. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have either reached a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.

“Champions Cup Boston has become a staple on the Boston sports calendar, drawing enthusiastic fans and sold-out crowds,” said Jon Venison, Co-Founder of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series.“ The return of Sampras, McEnroe and Courier will provide even more exciting tennis action as these three amazing talents join the rest of our incredible field and face-off in round-robin play.”

Tenacity is one of the premier youth development programs in the City of Boston offering both after-school and summer programming that combines tennis, literacy and life skills to help youth develop the skills and self-confidence they need to succeed in life. Tenacity’s After-School Excellence Program currently partners with eight middle schools in Boston to provide intensive after-school services for 180 students. The Summer Tennis & Reading Program operates at 28 neighborhood sites throughout the city and more than 3,600 Boston youth participate.

“Tenacity benefits greatly from its partnership with Champions Cup Boston,” said Ned Eames, President and Founder of Tenacity. “Having pros like Jim Courier as a champion for our cause gives Tenacity students a glimpse of what they can achieve. We look forward to yet another successful tournament.”

Champions Cup Boston is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Stanford Financial Group, Staples, the Parthenon Group, ASG, Talon Air, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Taj Hotel, NESN, The Boston Globe, Boston.com, Boston Common Magazine, WBMX-FM and WODS-FM.

The 2008 Outback Champions Series Schedule

The Oliver Group Champions Cup
Naples, Fla.: March 12-16

Champions Cup Boston
Boston, Mass.: April 30-May 4

The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: April 16-20

International Tennis Hall of Fame Champions Cup
Newport, R.I.: August 13-17

The Championships at The Palisades
Charlotte, N.C.: September 24-28

Stanford Championships
Dallas, Texas: October 22-26

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships at Surprise, AZ
Surprise, Ariz.: November 5-9

Emirates NBD The Legends “Rock” Dubai
Dubai, UAE: November 18-22


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