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Pete Sampras Joins the BlackRock Tour of Champions

Pete Sampras will be participating in two tournaments – the Grand Champions Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 21-24 June 19-22 and the BlackRock Masters Tennis event in December at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The BlackRock Tour of Champions is an ATP senior tennis circuit. To be eligible to compete, players must have been either a World No. 1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team; and they should have retired from the ATP circuit. Matches are played in a round robin format in 3 sets, with the 3rd set taking the tiebreak format. Tweet … Read entire article »

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This is working for Sampras ( April 27, 2008)

For 15 years, Pete Sampras was a driven and dedicated professional tennis player who stalked the world, claiming tournament titles. His identity was fused with winning and losing matches and with the rigors of the tour. Life was training and tournaments. Though he was always on the move, Sampras said he eventually felt as if he had no room. The workday began the moment he woke up, preparing or finding a good breakfast, and marched methodically through a morning practice, an afternoon practice, an off-court workout, a massage, and was wrapped up by 6 or 7. So in 2002, after winning his fifth US Open title, Sampras retired. He was 31, newly married to actress Bridgette Wilson, and the couple were expecting their first child. Sampras discarded tennis like a ball gone … Read entire article »

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McEnroe, Sampras take 2d-round victories (May 2, 2008)

John McEnroe dispatched Jim Courier, 6-4, 6-4, in the second round of the Champions Cup Boston tennis tournament last night at BU’s Agganis Arena. In the first match, Pete Sampras, who was making his debut on the Outback Champions Series circuit, was awarded the victory when Jimmy Arias withdrew from the first set, leading, 5-4.Eight champions will be competing for the top prize of up to $54,000 on the third tour stop on the Champions Series, the third year for the event. In addition to 14-time Grand Slam champion Sampras, the other players are McEnroe, the seven-time Grand Slam champion Tweet … Read entire article »

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McEnroe finally beats Sampras

May 3, 2008 The audience at Agganis Arena got what it expected in the first set of the feature match of the Champions Cup last night: Pete Sampras blew through John McEnroe quickly, his powerful serve-and-volley game putting most points out of McEnroe’s reach. But the match began to veer off track, steered by the 49-year-old McEnroe’s skills. Though he was overwhelmed in the first set, McEnroe hung around. He served and swerved and hit balls that curved to hammer out a win in the second set, then reared back and pounded the ball in the tiebreaker, serving five aces for a 2-6, 7-5, 10-4 victory. “That’s what you gotta love about sports,” said McEnroe, looking dazed. “Anything can happen.” It was McEnroe’s first victory over Sampras (they met three times on the ATP … Read entire article »

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Sampras Withdraws From 2008 Champions Cup Boston With Back Injury

Boston (May 3, 2008) – InsideOut Sports and Entertainment today announced that Pete Sampras has been forced to withdraw from the remainder of Champions Cup Boston competition due to a back injury sustained in his loss to John McEnroe on Friday night. “Competitive injuries happen and are out of our control but there will still be two excellent matches for tonight’s spectators to enjoy.” said Jon Venison, Co-Founder of InsideOut Sports and Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “We’re pleased to be able to offer fans a special doubles match between four of our tour players as a replacement for the Sampras-Courier match. We understand there may be some fans that will be disappointed that Pete and Jim will not be playing singles tonight as scheduled and therefore we are also … Read entire article »

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