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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 offering a special opportunity for tonight’s audience to receive an additional free ticket to the Session One matches in next year’s tournament.” Further information regarding this special ticket offer will be available at

Sampras was scheduled to compete against Courier to determine who would advance to Sunday’s third-place match from Group A. Mikael Pernfors will face Aaron Krickstein in tonight’s first match. The second match will be replaced with a special doubles competition featuring Courier, Mal Washington, Wayne Ferreira and Justin Gimelstob. The day session kicked off when Ferreira defeated Washington 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 (TB) while McEnroe played former ATP star Justin Gimelstob in an exhibition match.

“I am sorry I won’t be able to play in my match tonight against Jim due to a lower back injury,” said Sampras. “I initially felt a twinge of pain in my opening match versus Jimmy Arias and it worsened near the end of my match against Mac last night. I will be going for an MRI today to properly diagnose the injury and will begin rehabilitating as soon as possible to ensure that I will be ready to play again in the near future. I look forward to coming back to Boston again next year to try to win the title.”

Source: Outback Champion Series

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