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Posted on: April 17th, 2007

Pete Sampras to play in Greece

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NEW YORK, N.Y., April 17, 2007 - InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Olympic Tennis Centre in Athens, Greece will host a new International Champions Series tennis tournament, May 17-20 in the first-ever international event on the champions' tennis circuit co-founded by Hall of Famer Jim Courier.

The marquee player of the star-studded round-robin field will be 14-time Grand Slam champion and Greek-American Pete Sampras, who will make his first ever trip to Greece for the event. Also headlining the field will be former US Open and Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis, another standout player of Greek heritage who will be the first-ever current ATP singles player to play in an International Champions Series event. Other players in the field include Courier, former US Open and Australian Open finalist Todd Martin, 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, three-time French Open champion Mats Wilander and 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash. The eighth and final player in the field will be announced at a later date.

Athens will be the second Champions Series event for Sampras, who will make his series debut at the Champions Cup - Boston to be held at the Agganis Arena in Boston, May 2-6.

"Playing in this event in Greece is going to be very exciting for me and something that I am really looking forward to," said Sampras. "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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