Sampras, Courier And Wilander To Headline 2009 Breezeplay Championships

NEW YORK, JULY 22, 2009 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Pete Sampras will lead the field of champions returning to The Palisades Country Club in Charlotte to compete in the $150,000 Breezeplay Championships at The Palisades, to be held September 24-27. The tournament is the sixth of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Sampras, Courier And Wilander To Headline 2009 Breezeplay Championships

Sampras, Courier And Wilander To Headline 2009 Breezeplay Championships

Joining Sampras to compete on the hard court stadium court at The Palisades will be defending champion Jim Courier, Hall of Famer Mats Wilander and three-time finalist Todd Martin. Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased at 877-332-TIXX or by visiting The Breezeplay Championships at The Palisades will be played over four days with the winner earning $60,000.

Sampras will be competing in Charlotte for a second time after capturing the title in 2007. The seven-time Wimbledon champion and owner of 14 major singles titles won the title in Charlotte two years ago defeating Todd Martin 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match. Earlier this year, Sampras won Outback Champions Series events in Boston and Los Cabos, Mexico. He will be seeking his sixth career Outback Champions Series event in Charlotte after joining the global champions tennis circuit in 2007.

Courier will be seeking his third title in Charlotte after winning titles at The Palisades in 2006, defeating Martin 5-7, 7-6 (6), (10-4 in Champions Tie-Breaker) in the final, and in 2008, defeating Martin again 6-2, 3-6, (10-5 in Champions Tie-Breaker) in the final. Courier, a two-time French and Australian Open champion, currently leads the rankings on the Outback Champions Series with 2000 points, followed by Sampras with 1600 points and John McEnroe with 1300 points.

Wilander will be making his debut in Charlotte in 2009. Like Sampras and Courier, Wilander is a former world No. 1 player and has won  three French and Australian Open titles and one U.S. Open singles title.

Martin has played in Charlotte in all three previous editions of the event, reaching the championship match all three times – losing to Courier in 2006 and 2008 and to Sampras in 2007. Martin was a singles finalist at the Australian Open in 1994 and the US Open in 1999.

The remaining players in the Breezeplay field will be announced at a later date.

The Palisades community is renowned for its environmentally sensitive land planning that spotlights the natural topography of the land, respecting the natural beauty of the landscape and weaving open space into each part of the community design. In keeping with this stewardship, The Palisades is partnering with BreezePlay, LLC of Charlotte to make the Champions Series a green event that will incorporate significant energy reduction and conservation, materials recycling, and an EcoVillage by BreezePlay. The EcoVillage will feature products and services to educate attendees about ways that even small steps can make a big difference in saving energy and protecting the environment.

About Outback Champions Series
Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Andre Agassi, Sampras, John McEnroe, Courier and others. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached at least a major singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.  The Outback Champions Series features eight events on its 2009 schedule with each event featuring $150,000 in prize money as well as Champions Series points that will determine the year-end Champions Rankings No. 1.

About InsideOut Sports & Entertainment
InsideOut Sports + Entertainment is a New York City-based independent producer of proprietary events and promotions founded in 2004 by former world No. 1 and Hall of Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. In 2005, InsideOut launched its signature property, the Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events including “Legendary Night” exhibitions, charity events and tennis fantasy camps such as the annual “Ultimate Fantasy Camp”. Through 2008, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment events have raised over $4 million for charity. For more information, please log on to or