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Courier and Ferreira Remain Undefeated In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. September 26 – Jim Courier and Wayne Ferreira each registered victories Friday at the $150,000 Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades to post 2-0 round-robin records, leaving both players one match victory from advancing into the event’s championship match. In the first match played in the afternoon, Ferreira defeated Karel Novacek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1, while Courier, in the final match of the day, defeated fellow American Aaron Krickstein 6-2, 6-3. The continuous rains in Charlotte led to the cancellation of the Friday afternoon and evening sessions at The Palisades. In order to keep the tournament on track for a Sunday finish, all of Friday’s matches were played indoors. The other two matches played Friday where both decided in Champions Tie-Breakers – 10-point tie-breakers played in lieu of a third set. Thomas Enqvist of Sweden defeated Todd Martin 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 (Champions Tie-Breaker), while Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia defeated Jimmy
Arias 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 (Champions Tie-Breaker). The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is the fifth of eight events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Courier, the two-time French and Australian Open champion, played near flawless tennis against Krickstein, committing very few unforced errors and dominating play with his forehand and a high percentage of first serves.

“I felt good serving,” said Courier, who won the inaugural title in Charlotte in 2006. “I don’t think I missed many serves, and when my serve is “on”, then I’m good to go. I think I had about 16 aces.”

“I didn’t play as well as I should have against Jim,” said Krickstein. “Jim is really tough to beat. I had a couple of opportunities being up an Ad, but I ended up losing them, and that hurt me – especially being down 4-1. Jim just served better than me today, I was out-served. Jim took the ball early and hit with a lot of power today.”

Courier, the No. 1 ranked player on the ATP Tour for the 1992 season, is currently the No. 1 player in the Stanford Champions Rankings, the official rankings for the Outback Champions Series. His best results on the season came when he won the title in Grand Cayman in April, and was the runner-up in Newport, R.I. in August. If he is able to defeat Ivanisevic on Saturday night and finish with a 3-0 record in round robin group A, he will advance into his eighth career Outback Champions Series final.

Said Courier of playing Ivanisevic, “I need to serve well again because Goran has one of the biggest serves in the tournament. Goran is extremely talented but he plays up and down, hot and cold, so I need to stay level against him.”

Ferreira, the South African whom Courier beat to win the title in Grand Cayman earlier this year, had little trouble with Novacek, taking advantage of the fast indoor conditions.

“I’m very pleased with how I played,” said Ferreira. “I had a good serve, especially my first serve. I had quite a few doubles (double faults) though.”

Said Novacek, “Wayne was much more aggressive and more precise with his shots than I was.”

Enqvist, playing in his first Outback Champions Series event, avenged his loss to Martin in the match-clinching rubber of the USA vs. Sweden Davis Cup semifinal in Las Vegas and may have prevented Martin from advancing to the Charlotte final for a third year in a row. Martin lost the 2006 Charlotte final to Courier, while last year, he fell in the championship match to Pete Sampras. Martin, who beat Novacek in his opening round-robin match, will have to beat Ferreira Saturday in order to advance into the championship match at The Palisades for a third straight year.

“I know I have to win tomorrow to make it to the finals,” said Martin. “I played well (against Enqvist), but I hit some tough patches, and tried to work through them, but just couldn’t.”

Said Enqvist, “We played a very close match, and I served very well. I was very pleased with my serve. At one point, I think I had four aces in a row. I was lucky to get through this one. It feels good have a win.”

The Outback Champions Series features eight events on its 2008 schedule, with each event featuring an eight-man round-robin match format. The winner of each four-player division meets in the title match while second place finishers in each division play in the third-place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Champions Series ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. Beginning in 2008, the year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series. Through the first four events in 2008, Courier holds the No. 1 ranking with 2200 points. John McEnroe holds the No. 2 ranking with 1800 points while Ferreira is in third position with 1050 points.

The 2008 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 12-16 in Naples, Fla., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where 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 Ferreira in the final, while McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series even in Boston April 30- May 4, defeating Krickstein in the final. Pat Cash won his first Outback Champions Series title in Newport, R.I., in August, defeating Courier in the final. After Charlotte, the next three events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series calendar are stops in Dallas, Texas, Surprise, Ariz., and Dubai, U.A.E. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including 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. . Each event also has the right to choose a “wild card” entrant.

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 one-night “Legendary Night” exhibitions as well as charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com

The remaining schedule for The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is as follows;

Saturday, September 27
Beginning at 1:30 pm
Thomas Enqvist vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Tim Wilkison vs. Chanda Rubin and Jimmy Arias
Followed by
Todd Martin vs. Wayne Ferreira
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Jimmy Arias vs. Aaron Krickstein
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Karel Novacek vs. Chanda Rubin and Tim Wilkison
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Goran Ivanisevic

Sunday, September 28
Beginning at 2:30 pm
Third-Place Match
Followed by
Championship Match

Round-Robin Results from Wednesday, September 24
Todd Martin, United States, def. Karel Novacek, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-2
Aaron Krickstein, United States, def. Goran Ivanisevic, Croatia, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 10-7 (Champions Tie-Break)

Round-Robin Results from Thursday, September 25
Jim Courier, United States, def. Jimmy Arias, United States, 6-2, 6-1
Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, def. Thomas Enqvist, Sweden, 6-4, 6-3

Round-Robin Results from Friday, September 26
Jim Courier, United States, def. Aaron Krickstein, United States, 6-2, 6-3
Thomas Enqvist, Sweden, def. Todd Martin, United States, 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 (Champions Tie-Breaker)
Goran Ivanisevic, Croatia, def. Jimmy Arias, United States, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 (Champions Tie-Breaker)
Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, def. Karel Novacek, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-1

Round-Robin Group Standings
Group A
Wayne Ferreira 2-0
Thomas Enqvist 1-1
Todd Martin 1-1
Karel Novacek 0-2

Group B
Jim Courier 2-0
Aaron Krickstein 1-1
Goran Ivanisevic 1-1
Jimmy Arias 0-2

Courier Wastes No Time In Beating Arias In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. September 25 – Jim Courier wasted no time in winning his opening round-robin match at the $150,000 Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades Thursday night, needing less than an hour – after a 30-minute rain delay – in defeating fellow American Jimmy Arias 6-2, 6-1. In Thursday’s other match, Wayne Ferreira of South Africa defeated Thomas Enqvist of Sweden 6-4, 6-3. The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is the fifth of eight events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Courier, the 2006 champion in Charlotte, used his famed inside-out forehand to dictate play against Arias in the heavy, sometimes misty, conditions on the hard court at the Tim Wilkison Signature Tennis and Sports Complex.

“It became tricky once the mist started,” said Courier. “It was ok for me because I have more power behind me. The number one rule is safety and luckily neither of us got hurt on the wet court.”

Said Arias, “This was a bad combo of wind and rain. It made it very difficult for me to hit aggressively but for some reason Jim didn’t seem bothered by it at all. If anything, it may have even helped him. I didn’t have my speed or my footing and he had so much power. I just couldn’t run and he was controlling the point the whole time.”

In the second match of the evening, Ferreira spoiled the Outback Champions Series debut of Enqvist, the 1999 Australian Open finalist and a late replacement for the injured Mark Philippoussis in the Charlotte field. Enqvist opened the match by breaking Ferreira’s serve, but the South African pieced together back-to-back breaks in the eighth and 10th games to win the opening set.  Both players exchanged crushing ground strokes in the windy, heavy conditions in the second set before Ferreira registered the only service break of the set in the eighth game before serving out the match.

“For me, playing against Wayne, I needed to not make a lot of unforced errors,” said Enqvist. “He was just too good for me tonight and he moved really well.”

Said Ferreira, “I feel really good and I’m playing really, really good tennis. I’ve been practicing hard because I haven’t played well in the last few tournaments so I’m pleased with how I played.”

Ferreira, who won 15 ATP singles titles during his career, has enjoyed considerable success on the Outback Champions Series in the last three years, reaching five career finals and winning titles in Houston in 2006 and in Naples, Fla., and Dallas in 2007. However, it hasn’t been all work and no play for Ferreira as the 1992 Olympic silver medalist has found time to enjoy some off-court activities while in Charlotte..

“It’s nice being back in Charlotte,” he said. “I enjoy it here. We have a nice hotel and nice tennis facility and both are sort of isolated which I enjoy. We got to play some golf today and I liked that (since) I played well. We also went out to Lowe’s Motor Speedway and ride in a helicopter and it was really fun. I got to meet Jimmie Johnson, Landon Cassill and Jeff Gordon which was very cool.”

Friday’s schedule of play is highlighted by Courier taking on Aaron Krickstein, a surprise winner Thursday over Goran Ivanisevic, in Friday night’s second scheduled match. Ferreira opens the day session at 1:30 pm, playing Karel Novacek of the Czech Republic. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 877-332-TIXX (8499) or visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

The Outback Champions Series features eight events on its 2008 schedule, with each event featuring an eight-man round-robin match format. The winner of each four-player division meets in the title match while second place finishers in each division play in the third-place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Champions Series ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. Beginning in 2008, the year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series. Through the first four events in 2008, Courier holds the No. 1 ranking with 2200 points. John McEnroe holds the No. 2 ranking with 1800 points while Ferreira is in third position with 1050 points.

The 2008 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 12-16 in Naples, Fla., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where 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 Ferreira in the final, while McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series even in Boston April 30- May 4, defeating Krickstein in the final. Pat Cash won his first Outback Champions Series title in Newport, R.I., in August, defeating Courier in the final. After Charlotte, the next three events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series calendar are stops in Dallas, Texas, Surprise, Ariz., and Dubai, U.A.E. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including 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. . Each event also has the right to choose a “wild card” entrant.

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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 one-night “Legendary Night” exhibitions as well as charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com

The remaining schedule for The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is as follows;

Friday, September 26
Beginning at 1:30 pm
Wayne Ferreira vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Goran Ivanisevic vs. Jimmy Arias
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Todd Martin vs. Thomas Enqvist
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Aaron Krickstein

Saturday, September 27
Beginning at 1:30 pm
Thomas Enqvist vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Tim Wilkison vs. Chanda Rubin and Jimmy Arias
Followed by
Todd Martin vs. Wayne Ferreira
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Jimmy Arias vs. Aaron Krickstein
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Karel Novacek vs. Chanda Rubin and Tim Wilkison
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Goran Ivanisevic

Sunday, September 28
Beginning at 2:30 pm
Third-Place Match
Followed by
Championship Match

Round-Robin Results from Wednesday, September 24
Todd Martin, United States, def. Karel Novacek, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-2
Aaron Krickstein, United States, def. Goran Ivanisevic, Croatia, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 10-7 (Champions Tie-Break)

Round-Robin Results from Thursday, September 25
Jim Courier, United States, def. Jimmy Arias, United States, 6-2, 6-1
Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, def. Thomas Enqvist, Sweden, 6-4, 6-3

Round-Robin Group Standings
Group A
Todd Martin 1-0
Wayne Ferreira 1-0
Karel Novacek 0-1
Thomas Enqvist 0-1

Group B
Jim Courier 1-0
Aaron Krickstein 1-0
Goran Ivanisevic 0-1
Jimmy Arias 0-1

Krickstein and Martin Get Hard Court Surprises In Charlotte Openers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. September 24 –  Krickstein surprised 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia 7-5, 6-7 (5), 10-7 (Champions Tie-Breaker), while Martin defeated Karel Novacek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 in opening round-robin matches. The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is the fifth of eight events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Krickstein, known for much of his career as a strong clay court player, entered his match with Ivanisevic hoping to take advantage of the clay-court surface that graced the center court at The Palisades the last two years and steal a win from the hard-serving Croatian. However, to Krickstein’s surprise, he arrived in Charlotte only to find the court surface had been switched from a clay court to a hard court.

“I was caught off guard by the new court,” said Krickstein. “I guess it was my bad for not looking all the way through the player packet but I was hoping to beat him on clay. I’ve beaten him three out of four times, but Goran hits big. He always has, but you never know what you’re going to get with him. Sometimes he’ll hit me with four aces in a row, and then the next game he’ll go through with three double faults. You have to always stay prepared with him”

Said Ivanisevic of his match with Krickstein, “I played horrible tennis. I just couldn’t play out there. I didn’t expect to play well because my timing was bad.”

Martin, an Australian Open finalist in 1994 and a US Open runner-up in 1999, is seeking his third straight trip to the tournament final in Charlotte. He lost to Jim Courier in the tournament final in 2006 and was defeated by Pete Sampras in last year’s final. Martin, however, hopes the new hard court surface will make his third trip to Charlotte a charm – and lead to a tournament title.

“The new court was a surprise for me,” said Martin. “I just found out about the hard court out here but it was a nice surprise. My tennis is much better on this court than clay and I played really well on it tonight”

Martin’s runner-up showing last year to Sampras was one of his four Outback Champions Series tournament final-round appearances of the 2007 season and helped him beat out Courier to finish the year as the year-end No. 1 player for the Series. Martin opened the 2008 Outback Champions Series in March by winning the title in Naples, Fla., to take the early lead in the circuit’s Stanford Champions Rankings. Martin, however, struggled in his next tournament appearance in Grand Cayman – failing to finish among the top four finishers and, after not competing in subsequent Outback Champions Series tournaments in Boston, Mass., and Newport, R.I., relinquished his No. 1 Stanford Champions Ranking to Courier. Beginning in 2008, the year-end No. 1 ranked player on the Stanford Champions Rankings will receive a $100,000 payout.

“I like this tour,” said Martin. “It’s nice to have a collection of tournaments to choose from. When you have nine or ten to choose from like we do on this tour – it’s great. It lets us get out and play and rekindle friendships.”

Courier, the champion in Charlotte in 2006, headlines Thursday’s schedule taking on fellow American Jimmy Arias at 6:30 pm, followed by 1999 Australian Open runner-up Thomas Enqvist of Sweden making his Outback Champions Series debut against 1992 Olympic silver medalist Wayne Ferreira of South Africa. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 877-332-TIXX (8499) or visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

The Outback Champions Series features eight events on its 2008 schedule, with each event featuring an eight-man round-robin match format. The winner of each four-player division meets in the title match while second place finishers in each division play in the third-place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Champions Series ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. Beginning in 2008, the year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series. Through the first four events in 2008, Courier holds the No. 1 ranking with 2200 points. John McEnroe holds the No. 2 ranking with 1800 points while Ferreira is in third position with 1050 points.

The 2008 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 12-16 in Naples, Fla., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where 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 Ferreira in the final, while McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series even in Boston April 30- May 4, defeating Krickstein in the final. Pat Cash won his first Outback Champions Series title in Newport, R.I., in August, defeating Courier in the final. The next four events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series calendar are stops in Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Texas, Surprise, Ariz., and Dubai, U.A.E. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

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Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including 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. . Each event also has the right to choose a “wild card” entrant.

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 one-night “Legendary Night” exhibitions as well as charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com

The remaining schedule for The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is as follows;

SCHEDULE FOR 2008 THE CITADEL GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE PALISADES

Thursday, September 25
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Jim Courier vs. Jimmy Arias
Followed by
Thomas Enqvist vs. Wayne Ferreira

Friday, September 26
Beginning at 1:30 pm
Wayne Ferreira vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Goran Ivanisevic vs. Jimmy Arias
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Todd Martin vs. Thomas Enqvist
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Aaron Krickstein

Saturday, September 27
Beginning at 1:30 pm
Thomas Enqvist vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Tim Wilkison vs. Chanda Rubin and Jimmy Arias
Followed by
Todd Martin vs. Wayne Ferreira
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Jimmy Arias vs. Aaron Krickstein
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Karel Novacek vs. Chanda Rubin and Tim Wilkison
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Goran Ivanisevic

Sunday, September 28
Beginning at 2:30 pm
Third-Place Match
Followed by
Championship Match

Round-Robin Results from Wednesday, September 24
Todd Martin, United States, def. Karel Novacek, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-2
Aaron Krickstein, United States, def. Goran Ivanisevic, Croatia, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 10-7 (Champions Tie-Break)

Round-Robin Group Standings
Group A
Todd Martin 1-0
Aaron Krickstein 1-0
Goran Ivanisevic 0-1
Karel Novacek 0-1

Group B
Jim Courier 0-0
Wayne Ferreira 0-0
Jimmy Arias 0-0
Thomas Enqvist 0-0

Boris Becker To Make Outback Champions Series Debut In Dallas

NEW YORK, N.Y., September 24, 2008 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker will make his debut on the Outback Champions Series tennis circuit at The Stanford Championships, to be played October 22-26 on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas. Becker will be competing in his first tournament in the United States since he played in the Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla., in 1999.

Becker will play fellow former No. 1 player in the world Jim Courier, defending Stanford Championships winner Wayne Ferreira and former French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors in group A of the round robin portion of the event. Mark Philippoussis, the Wimbledon finalist in 2003, and 1999 US Open finalist Todd Martin will be joined by Americans Aaron Krickstein and Jimmy Arias in group B. Anna Kournikova, the former top 10 star of the WTA Tour and former No. 1 doubles player in the world, will also compete in mixed doubles exhibition matches during the tournament.

Tickets for the event are available now and can be purchased by calling 877-332-TIXX (8499). Ticket prices start at $12. Full ticket and event information can be found at www.ChampionSeriesTennis.com.

“I am very excited to play on the Outback Champions Series in Dallas and again play tournament tennis in the United States,” said Becker. “I am looking forward to renewing some great rivalries, particularly with Jim Courier, and getting my competitive juices flowing again at The Stanford Championships.”

Becker, 40, burst on the scene as a 17-year-old at Wimbledon in 1985, where he beat Kevin Curren in the men’s singles final to become the event’s youngest men’s singles champion. Becker also won Wimbledon in 1986 and 1989, while he was a runner-up at the All England Club in 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1995. In all, Becker won six major singles titles, also winning two Australian Open titles in 1991 and 1996 and the 1989 U.S. Open. A Hall of Famer and the world’s No. 1 player for 12 weeks, Becker also guided his nation to victories in Davis Cup in 1988 and 1989 and, in 1992, he and countryman Michael Stich paired to win the Olympic gold medal in men’s doubles. He won 49 career tour singles titles, including the 1988 WCT Finals in Dallas.

“Boris is an icon,” said Courier. “I am thrilled to be able to play him in Dallas and know it will be a very tough test. He always forces me to up my intensity level to match his so I can’t wait for Friday night.”

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Courier and many 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 2008 schedule, with each event featuring an eight-man round-robin match format. The winner of each four-player division meets in the title match while second place finishers in each division play in the third-place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Champions Series ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. Beginning in 2008, the year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series. Through the first four events in 2008, Courier holds the No. 1 ranking with 2200 points. McEnroe holds the No. 2 ranking with 1800 points while Ferreira is in third position with 1050 points.

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The 2008 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 12-16 in Naples, Fla., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where 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 Ferreira in the final, while McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series even in Boston April 30- May 4, defeating Krickstein in the final. Pat Cash won his first Outback Champions Series title in Newport, R.I., in August, defeating Courier in the final. The next four events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series calendar are stops in Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Texas, Surprise, Ariz., and Dubai, U.A.E. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

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 one-night “Legendary Night” exhibitions as well as charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com

Schedule of play:
Stanford Championships
October 22 – October 26, 2008

Group A:
Jim Courier
Boris Becker
Wayne Ferreira
Mikael Pernfors

Group B:
Todd Martin
Mark Philippoussis
Aaron Krickstein
Jimmy Arias

Wednesday, October 22
6:30pm
Martin v. Krickstein
Courier v. Pernfors

Thursday, October 23
6:30pm
Philippoussis v. Arias
Becker v. Ferreira

Friday, October 24
1:30pm
Ferreira v. Pernfors
Martin v. Arias
6:30pm
Philippoussis v. Krickstein
Courier v. Becker

Saturday, October 25
1:30pm
Krickstein v. Arias
Mixed doubles featuring Anna Kournikova
6:30pm
Philippoussis v. Martin
Mixed doubles featuring Anna Kournikova
Becker v. Pernfors

Sunday, October 26
1:30 pm
3rd place match
Championship match

Enqvist and Novacek Added To Field This Week In Charlotte

NEW YORK, September 23, 2008 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Sweden’s Thomas Enqvist and the Czech Republic’s Karel Novacek will be added to the field at the 2008 Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades, to be held September 24-28 at the Tim Wilkison Signature Tennis and Sports Complex at The Palisades Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. Enqvist and Novacek replace Mark Philippoussis and Mikael Pernfors, who are both unable to compete due to injuries. Philippoussis is still not recovered sufficiently enough from knee surgery earlier this year to compete while Pernfors injured his Achilles heel competing in Paris last week.

Enqvist, who was a finalist at the 1999 Australian Open, and Novacek, a semifinalist at the US Open in 1994, join the field of players that includes Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Goran Ivanisevic and Wayne Ferreira.

“I am very happy and exited to play in my first Outback Champions series event,” said Enqvist. “I have heard that Charlotte is one of the nicest cities on the tour and I’m really looking forward to competing against some of my great friends and rivals once again.” Said Novacek, “I am thrilled to come to Charlotte and am looking forward to once again playing on the Outback Champions Series against some of the all-time great players such as Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic, Todd Martin and Wayne Ferreira.”

The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is the fifth of eight events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 877-332-TIXX (8499) or visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

Enqvist, 34, achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 in 1999, the same year he reached the final at the Australian Open, where he lost to Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia. Enqvist won 19 career ATP singles titles during his career and contributed to Sweden winning Davis Cup titles in 1997 and 1998.

Novacek, 43, achieved a career high ranking of No. 8 in the world and posted the most significant results of his career at the US Open, where he reached the singles semifinals in 1994, losing to Michael Stich, and in doubles with Martin Damm, he reached the doubles final in 1993, losing to Ken Flach and Robert Seguso. He won 13 career ATP singles titles.

Philippoussis, a former Wimbledon and U.S. Open finalist from Australia, was hoping to launch his comeback to professional tennis in Charlotte, but due to a delay in his recovery from knee surgery, he will not be able to compete. He will, however, play in next scheduled Outback Champions Series event, The Stanford Championships, to be held October 22-26 in Dallas.

“I am disappointed that I am not quite ready to compete in Charlotte,” said Philippoussis. “My doctor tells me I will be ready to go for the Stanford Championships in Dallas next month and I can’t wait to step on the court there.”

The revised schedule for The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades is as follows;

SCHEDULE FOR 2008 THE CITADEL GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE PALISADES

Wednesday, September 24
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Todd Martin vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Goran Ivanisevic vs. Aaron Krickstein

Thursday, September 25
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Jim Courier vs. Jimmy Arias
Followed by
Thomas Enqvist vs. Wayne Ferreira

Friday, September 26
Beginning at 1:30 pm
Wayne Ferreira vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Goran Ivanisevic vs. Jimmy Arias
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Todd Martin vs. Thomas Enqvist
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Aaron Krickstein

Saturday, September 27
Beginning at 1:30 pm
Thomas Enqvist vs. Karel Novacek
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Tim Wilkison vs. Chanda Rubin and Jimmy Arias
Followed by
Todd Martin vs. Wayne Ferreira
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Jimmy Arias vs. Aaron Krickstein
Followed by
Anna Kournikova and Karel Novacek vs. Chanda Rubin and Tim Wilkison
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Goran Ivanisevic

Sunday, September 28
Beginning at 2:30 pm
Third-Place Match
Followed by
Championship Match

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including 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 eight events on its 2008 schedule, with each event featuring an eight-man round-robin match format. The winner of each four-player division meets in the title match while second place finishers in each division play in the third-place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Champions Series ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. Beginning in 2008, the year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series. Through the first four events in 2008, Courier holds the No. 1 ranking with 2200 points. McEnroe holds the No. 2 ranking with 1800 points while Ferreira is in third position with 1050 points.

The 2008 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 12-16 in Naples, Fla., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where 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 Ferreira in the final, while McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series even in Boston April 30- May 4, defeating Krickstein in the final. Pat Cash won his first Outback Champions Series title in Newport, R.I., in August, defeating Courier in the final. The next four events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series calendar are stops in Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Texas, Surprise, Ariz., and Dubai, U.A.E. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

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 one-night “Legendary Night” exhibitions as well as charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com