NEW YORK, N.Y. October 1 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and Fox Sports Net today announced the debut of Outback Champions Series Thursdays as the network will televise a new match each of the next twelve Thursday nights from the global tennis circuit for champion players.
The debut national telecast on Thursday, October 1 will feature two-time French and Australian Open champion Jim Courier taking on 2003 Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis in the semifinals of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships. The championship match from Grand Cayman will air starting October 8, followed by semifinal and final-round matches featuring Pete Sampras, Patrick Rafter, Mats Wilander and Courier from Los Cabos, Mexico starting October 15. The three-month stretch of tournament coverage, including select replays on weekends, will also feature action from Outback Champions Series events in Newport, R.I., Charlotte, N.C. and Surprise, Ariz. For full television listings, go to www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with Fox Sports Net and create a consistent TV season for fans to watch the greatest players over the last 25 years compete against their peers for prize money and ranking points,” said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “With this schedule, Outback Champions Series tennis will be seen weekly in a minimum of 55 million homes across the United States for the next three months giving fans the opportunity to watch legendary players like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Patrick Rafter and more continue to do what they do best.”
Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Andre Agassi, Pete 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 seven 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.
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, corporate outings 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 www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.