Cash Beats Birthday Boy Courier To Win Newport

NEWPORT, R.I., August 17 – Pat Cash won the singles title at the $150,000 Hall of Fame Champions Cup Sunday defeating Jim Courier 6-3, 6-4 in the singles final, spoiling Courier’s 38th birthday. With the victory, Cash earned $54,000 and his first tournament victory on the Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Cash, the Australian appearing in his first Outback Champions Series event this year, also earned 800 ranking points to place him at No. 6 in the Stanford Champions Rankings. Courier earned 600 points to move into sole possession of the No. 1 ranking with 2200 points. Entering Newport, Courier was tied for the top spot with John McEnroe.

“It’s been a fantastic tour,” said Cash of the Outback Champions Series. “I’ve been lucky to play a lot of tournaments.  My favorite surface is here on grass. The Hall of Fame put on a fantastic event.”

Said Courier of Cash, “He’s clearly a deserving champion and a very worthy champion. He’s a Wimbledon champion after all.”

In Sunday’s third-place match, Magnus Larsson of Sweden defeated Mal Washington of the United States 6-4, 6-4.

The Hall of Fame Champions Cup featured an eight-man round-robin match format 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. The event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Stanford Champions ranking points that will determine the year-end champion and the winner of a $100,000 bonus.

The 2008 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 12-16 in Naples, Fla., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where Todd Martin defeated McEnroe in the final. Courier won the second event of the season at The Residences at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Legends Championships April 16-20, defeating Wayne Ferreira in the final, while McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series event in Boston April 30- May 4, defeating Aaron Krickstein in the final. The next four events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series calendar are stops in Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Texas, Surprise, Arizona and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

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Sunday’s Results, August 17, 2008
Championship Match
Pat Cash, Australia, def. Jim Courier, United States, 6-3, 6-4
Third Place
Magnus Larsson, Sweden, def. MaliVai Washington, United States, 6-4, 6-4

Saturday’s Results, August 16
Mal Washington, United States, def. Karel Novacek, Czech Republic, 7-5, ret.
Pat Cash, Australia, def. John McEnroe, United States, 6-7 (0), 6-2, 10-7
(Champions Tie-Break)
Jim Courier, United States, def. Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, 7-6 (0), 6-3

Friday’s Results, August 15
Magnus Larsson, Sweden, def. Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, 6-1, 6-4
John McEnroe, United States, def. Karel Novacek, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3
Pat Cash, Australia, def. Mal Washington, United States, 6-3, 6-2

Thursday’s Results – August 14
Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, def. Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, 6-3, 6-3
MaliVai Washington, United States, def. John McEnroe, United States, 3-6,
6-2, default
Jim Courier, United States, def. Magnus Larsson, Sweden, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 10-6
(Champions Tie-Break)

Wednesday’s Results – August 13
Magnus Larsson, Sweden, def. Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, 6-2, 6-2
Jim Courier, United States, def. Mikael Pernfors Sweden, 7-6 (1), 6-4
Pat Cash, Australia, def. Karel Novacek, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-1

FINAL STANDINGS
ROUND ROBIN GROUP A
Jim Courier 3-0
Magnus Larsson 2-1
Mikael Pernfors 1-2
Wayne Ferreira 0-3

ROUND ROBIN GROUP B
Pat Cash 3-0
Mal Washington 2-1
John McEnroe 1-2
Karel Novacek 0-3