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Sherwood Country Club In California To Host PowerShares Series Tennis Event Leading Into PGA Champions Tour Tournament

The Sherwood Country Club in Los Angeles will host a new PowerShares Series tennis event Thursday, October 27, the day before the club hosts The PowerShares QQQ Championship, the opening event on the new PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour finale playoff series in the Charles Schwab Cup points race.

Former world No. 1-ranked tennis players Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will join former U.S. Davis Cup standouts James Blake and Mardy Fish in the four-player, one-day tennis event, the SoCal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup Presented by PowerShares QQQ. The Los Angeles event will replace the event originally scheduled to be played in Denver.

The PowerShares QQQ Championship, will start the day after the tennis event at the club’s Jack Nicklaus signature course, where the top 72 players in the Champions Tour standings will compete.

“This is a great marriage between champions tennis and champions golf and will provide for a memorable week of competition and entertainment at Sherwood Country Club,” said Jon Venison, President of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment which owns and operates the PowerShares Series.

The PowerShares Series, the North American circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, features 12 events on its 2016 year-long schedule, the Sherwood Country Club event being the 10th event on the Series. Each PowerShares Series event features two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set championship match and, for the second straight year, players make their own line calls with assistance of electronic line-calling.

Through five events so far on the 2016 PowerShares Series, Roddick leads the points rankings with 1,000 points based on victories in Charleston, S.C., and St. Louis, Mo., earning him 400 points for each event victory. Mark Philippoussis holds the No. 2 position with 800 points based on tournament wins in Memphis, Tenn., and Tulsa, Okla. James Blake, the winner of the opening event of 2016 in Chicago, and John McEnroe, the runner-up in Chicago and St. Louis, are tied for third in the current rankings with 600 points.

The remaining 2016 PowerShares Series schedule with player fields are listed below and ticket, schedule and player information can be found at www.PowerSharesSeries.com;

 

July 17                 Newport, R.I. (International Tennis Hall of Fame) – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Marat Safin, Mark Philippoussis

August 21          Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest University) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mardy Fish

August 25, 26  New Haven  (Yale University) – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, James Blake, Mardy Fish

October 27        Los Angeles (Sherwood Tennis Club) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mardy Fish

November 4      Portland, Oregon (Moda Center) –  Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish

December 1      Orlando (Amway Arena) – Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake

December 3      New York (Barclays Center) – Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake

 

In 2015, Andy Roddick won the PowerShares Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Mark Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

ABOUT INSIDEOUT SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT

InsideOut Sports + Entertainment is a Los Angeles based 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 Champions Series, a collection of tournaments featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events including “Legendary Night” exhibitions, The World Series of Beach Volleyball and numerous corporate outings. Since inception, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment has raised over $4 million for charity. In 2014, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment merged with Horizon Media, the largest privately held media services agency in the world.  For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.powersharesseries.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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Wilander, Ferreira Join Courier, Ivanisevic In Grand Cayman

NEW YORK, March 5, 2009 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Mats Wilander, Wayne Ferreira, Mikael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias and Karel Novacek will join Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic and Mark Phillippoussis in the eight-player field at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships to be held April 23-26 in Grand Cayman. The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships is the fourth of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

“We are looking forward to our second year of Outback Champions Series tennis at The Residences at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman with a terrific field of tennis legends,” said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “This event is the only Outback Champions Series event played on a clay court and will provide for some exciting tennis played in one of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts in the world.”

The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships will feature a field of eight champion players competing in a single knock-out format event, vying for $150,000 in prize money and ranking points that determine the year-end No. 1 on the Outback Champions Series. Ticket, travel and tournament information can be found by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com. In 2008, Courier won the inaugural event last year defeating Ferreira 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1) in the championship match.

Wilander won seven major singles titles in his career, including three French and three Australian Open titles. In 1988, he won three major singles titles, capped by defeating Ivan Lendl in the final of the U.S. Open that earned him the No. 1 world ranking. Known as one of the best clay-court players of all-time, Wilander won 33 career singles titles and helped Sweden to Davis Cup titles in 1984, 1985 and 1987.

Ferreira, a silver medalist in doubles at the 1992 Olympic Games, has been one of the most successful players on the Outback Champions Series since the tennis circuit began in 2005. The South African has won three tournament titles and finished as runner-up two other times, including the Grand Cayman event in 2008. In 2006, he won the title in Houston, defeating Magnus Larsson in the final, while in 2007, he won titles in Naples, Fla., (defeating Krickstein in the final) and Dallas (defeating Jim Courier in the final.)

Pernfors is best known for his run to the singles final at the French Open in 1986, where he defeated Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker before losing to Ivan Lendl in the final. He won three ATP singles titles during his career, including the Canadian Open in 1993 where he came from 2-5 down in the third set to defeat Todd Martin in the final. Pernfors helped Sweden to the Davis Cup final in 1986 and won back-to-back NCAA singles titles for the University of Georgia in 1984 and 1985.

Arias turned pro at age 16 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in April 1984. He enjoyed his best year in 1983 with four singles titles, including the U.S. Clay Court Championships and the Italian Open. That same year, at age 19, he reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Arias won five career titles, all in singles, in his career and represented the United States in Davis Cup play in 1984, 1986 and 1987. Last year in Grand Cayman, Arias registered his first career win over John McEnroe en route to finishing third at the event.

Novacek achieved a career high ranking of No. 8 in the world and posted the most significant results of his career at the U.S. 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.

The schedule of play for the event will be as follows;

Thursday, April 23
Starting at 3 pm
Wayne Ferreira vs Mikael Pernfors
Mats Wilander vs. Mark Philippoussis

Friday, April 24
Starting at 6 pm
Goran Ivanisevic vs. Karel Novacek
Jim Courier vs. Jimmy Arias

Saturday, April 25
Starting 1 pm
Doubles featuring all four losing quarterfinalists
Goran Ivanisevic/Karel Novacek winner vs. Mats Wilander/Mark Philippoussis winner

Starting at 6 pm
Doubles featuring all four losing quarterfinalist
Jim Courier/Jimmy Arias winner vs. Wayne Ferreira/Mikael Pernfors winner

Sunday, April 26
Starting at 1 pm
Third Place Match
Championship Match

About the Outback Champions Series
Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including 14-time major tournament champion Pete Sampras, four-time U.S. Open champion John McEnroe, two-time French and Australian Open champion Jim 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 year-end No. 1 ranked player on the Series will receive a $100,000 bonus.

About The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The DeckHouses and Secret Harbour
Stretching sea to sea from the acclaimed Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Resort has set a lavish new standard of living on the Caribbean’s most prosperous, cosmopolitan and safe island – Grand Cayman. Comprising The Residences, The DeckHouses and Secret Harbour, all anchored by the hotel itself, living at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Resort is distinguished by an unparalleled lifestyle experience enhanced with the unique Endless Service program, which includes a fleet of luxury automobiles and intrepid 36-foot motor yachts available for use when in residence. Owners also have access to the legendary service and amenities of the $600 million Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Resort.  For more information, please visit www.residences-cayman.com, www.thedeckhouses.com or www.findsecretharbour.com.

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 one-night “Legendary Night” exhibitions as well as charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including 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

Wilander, Lavalle, Herrera Join Sampras, Rafter and Courier in Los Cabos

NEW YORK, February 26, 2009 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that seven-time major champion Mats Wilander and Mexican standouts Leonardo Lavalle and Luis Herrera will join seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras, two-time U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter and two-time French and Australian Open champion Jim Courier in the six-player field at the Del Mar Development Champions Cup to be held March 18-22 at the Palmilla Tennis Club in Los Cabos, Mexico. The Del Mar Development Champions Cup is a first-year event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Wilander, 44, won seven major singles titles in his career, including three French and three Australian Open titles. In 1988, he won three major singles titles, capped by defeating Ivan Lendl in the final of the U.S. Open that earned him the No. 1 world ranking. Lavalle, 41, was a standout on the Mexican Davis Cup team who was a singles quarterfinalist at the 1992 Olympic Games. He won one singles title and five doubles titles during his ATP career. Herrera, 38, was also a Mexican Davis Cup standout and is best known for defeating Jimmy Connors in Connors’ last Wimbledon match in 1992 and in beating Courier in Courier’s Davis Cup debut in Mexico City in 1991.

InsideOut Sports & Entertainment also announced the schedule of play for the event, which begins on Wednesday, March 18th with special “Mexico Day” activities starting at 1 pm with an Opening Ceremony, doubles exhibition and free kids’ clinic. The full schedule of play is as follows;

Wednesday March 18th
Starting at 1pm
Free Kids clinic
Doubles exhibition featuring Leo Lavalle, Luis Herrera and Jorge Lozano

Thursday March 19th
Starting at 1 pm
Mats Wilander vs. Leonardo Lavalle
Patrick Rafter vs. Luis Herrera

Friday March 20th
Starting at 1 pm
Leo Lavalle and Jorge Lozano vs. Mats Wilander and Luis Herrera
Jim Courier vs. winner of Patrick Rafter vs. Luis Herrera

Saturday March 21st
Starting at 1 pm
1pm: Leo Lavalle and Jorge Lozano vs. Jim Courier and Patrick Rafter
Pete Sampras vs. winner of Mats Wilander vs. Leo Lavalle

Sunday March 22nd
Starting at 1 pm
Third-Place Match
Championship Match

The Del Mar Development Champions Cup is the third of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series and will be contested on an outdoor hard court. The tournament will feature a field of six champion players competing in a single knock-out format event, vying for $150,000 in prize money and ranking points that determine the year-end No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series. Ticket, travel and tournament information can be found by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

The 2009 Outback Champions Series kicked off Feb. 13-15 in Boston, Mass., at the Champions Cup Boston, where Pete Sampras won his fourth career Outback Champions Series title, defeating John McEnroe in the final. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host the Rio Champions Cup – the second event of the 2009 series – March 12-15. Following the Del Mar Development Champions Cup, Outback Champions Series events will be staged in Grand Cayman (April 23-26), Newport, R.I. (August 20-23), Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 24-27), Surprise, Ariz. (Oct. 8-11), and Dubai, U.A.E. (Nov. 19-22).

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including 14-time major tournament champion Pete Sampras, four-time U.S. Open champion John McEnroe, two-time French and Australian Open champion Jim 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.

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. 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.

Sampras In Awe Of 50-Year-Old McEnroe, But Beats Him To Win In Boston

BOSTON, February 15, 2009 – Pete Sampras defeated John McEnroe 7-6 (10), 6-4 Sunday to win the singles title at the $150,000 Champions Cup Boston, the opening event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over. McEnroe, playing on the eve of his 50th birthday, led 3-0 in the first set and held four set points in the first-set tie-breaker, but was unable to stay on top of the 37-year-old Sampras.pete-sampras-outback-a

Sampras had nothing but praise for the nearly half-century-old McEnroe, who has played high-quality competitive tennis for the last 17 years since he retired from full-time duty on the ATP Tour after the 1992 season.

“John McEnroe turns 50 tomorrow – it’s incredible how well this guy still plays. I’m in awe of it actually,” said Sampras following Sunday’s final. “At 50, it’s amazing to move that well. It’s pretty incredible. He’s been consistently playing since he retired. He’s still in great shape, his hands, his experience. He knows where to go on the court. He doesn’t move quite as well, but it’s pretty remarkable at 50 he plays this well.”

McEnroe defeated Sampras at the 2008 Champions Cup Boston en route to the title, his first career title on the Outback Champions Series, the four-year-old U.S.-based champions’ circuit. McEnroe also won the title in Surprise, Ariz., last year and finished the 2008 season ranked No. 2 on the Stanford Champions Rankings that determine the year-end champion on the Outback Champions Series.

“I gave it everything I had,” said McEnroe of the final with Sampras. “This guy (Sampras) knows a little about winning when the going gets tough. That’s why he won 14 Grand Slams which is unbelievable.”

Sampras earned $60,000 for the tournament title – his fourth career Outback Champions Series title. McEnroe earned a runner-up check for $40,000.

“It was a good match,” said Sampras. “I got off to a slow start getting broken. He was playing well, mixing up with his serve. I got back to even in the first, made it to the tiebreaker. My serve wasn’t great. I had a couple of double faults, but I got through that. It was good tennis and the crowd enjoyed it. I give him a lot of credit. He played great against me. He was hard to put away today.”

McEnroe said he played better with each match during the weekend. He said his Friday night quarterfinal win over Jimmy Arias was the match that featured the most rust and cobwebs from the long layoff since his last Outback Champions Series event in early November.

“I figured I’d get better this weekend since I haven’t played in three months,” said McEnroe, who won his first of seven major singles titles 30 years ago at the 1979 U.S. Open. “I felt by far my best match was today. Even though I lost I felt like I played my best match today. I felt like I was on the ball today. His serve was difficult to read. I had a break and anytime you have a break on a reasonably quick court, you can make the argument that you should win the set.”

Todd Martin earned third-place honors at the event when fellow losing semifinalist Jim Courier was unable to play in Sunday’s third-place match due to an injured back suffered in his Saturday loss to McEnroe. Martin did defeat Mats Wilander 8-6 in an exhibition match Sunday that preceded the Sampras-McEnroe final.

Last year, McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series title in Boston when he defeated Aaron Krickstein in the championship match. En route to his victory last year, McEnroe upset Sampras 2-6, 7-5, 10-4 (Champions Tie-Break) in round-robin play when the tournament featured a different format. Sampras won the Champions Cup Boston title in 2007, defeating McEnroe 6-3, 6-4 in round-robin play en route to the title.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Sampras, 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 ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. The year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series.

Champions Cup Boston is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Stanford Financial Group, Staples, ASG, Providea, Talon Air, Coca-Cola, Taj Hotel, NESN and Greater Media.

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 www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

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McEnroe – One Day Shy Of 50th Birthday- To Play Sampras For Boston Title

BOSTON, February 14, 2009 – John McEnroe, who will turn 50 years old on Monday, will spend his final day as a “forty-something” taking on Pete Sampras in the final of the $150,000 Champions Cup Boston.

McEnroe advanced into the championship match of the opening event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series by defeating Jim Courier 7-5, 6-1 in Saturday’s semifinals. Sampras advanced into the championship match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Todd Martin Saturday evening.

The Champions Cup Boston is the first of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over. Last year, McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series title in Boston when he defeated Aaron Krickstein in the championship match. En route to his victory last year in Boston, McEnroe upset Sampras 2-6, 7-5, 10-4 (Champions Tie-Break) in round-robin play when the tournament featured a different format. Sampras, the winner of a men’s record 14 major singles titles, won the Champions Cup Boston title in 2007, defeating McEnroe 6-3, 6-4 in round-robin play en route to the title.

“At 50, he still plays great,” said Sampras of McEnroe, who won his first major singles title 30 years ago at the 1979 U.S. Open. “He’s got that lefty serve that’s effective, he’s smart and he has experience. It should be entertaining. It’s always entertaining playing John.”

On Saturday, McEnroe benefitted from Courier injuring his back in the middle of the first set, which severely hampered his movement and ability to generate pace on his shots. McEnroe took full advantage and routinely hit drop shots and made Courier move all over the court. Courier couldn’t do much with his bad back and eventually succumbed by losing a quick second set 6-1

“I thought the match was going to be rough,” said McEnroe. “He came out quick and he was hitting a big ball. I took it as a sign of respect that he had to step it up. Something happened to his back obviously. Maybe he was trying to push it and wasn’t quite ready. I felt like there were moments when I was hitting the ball better and clicking. I was moving better than yesterday.”

Said Courier, “I was disappointed my body betrayed me because I was playing very well, practicing very well and training for this tournament and the rest of the first half of our season. It’s disappointing to not be able to play at full throttle. I was up a break and serving and I would have hopefully been able to continue along that way. There is no guarantee playing John. He came out of the box in the first game and played very well.”

The second semifinal between Sampras and Martin – a rematch of the 2007 Champions Cup Boston final, won by Sampras 6-3, 5-7, 11-9 (Champions Tie-Break) – was highlighted by the dominant serving of both players.

“Not a whole lot separated us tonight,” said Sampras. “Todd was serving great and holding serve pretty easy. He had two loose games there, a couple of double faults and that was it. I felt pretty good. I felt sharp.”

Tickets for Sunday’s Champions Cup Boston 2 pm session featuring the third-place match and the championship match are still available by logging onto www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (617) 931-2000.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Sampras, 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 ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. The year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series.

Champions Cup Boston is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Stanford Financial Group, Staples, ASG, Providea, Talon Air, Coca-Cola, Taj Hotel, NESN and Greater Media.

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 www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

Defending Champion McEnroe Advances At Champions Cup Boston

BOSTON, February 13, 2009 – Defending champion John McEnroe and 2006 tournament winner Todd Martin each posted straight-set victories Friday night to advance into the semifinals of the $150,000 Champions Cup Boston – the opening event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series.

McEnroe defeated fellow American Jimmy Arias, a last-minute substitute for a flu-stricken Mats Wilander, by a 6-3, 6-4 margin. Martin, who defeated McEnroe to win the Boston title in 2006, defeated Mikael Pernfors of Sweden 6-4, 6-2.

The Champions Cup Boston is the first of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over. Last year, McEnroe won his first career Outback Champions Series title in Boston when he defeated Aaron Krickstein in the championship match. Three days shy of his 50th birthday, the three-time Wimbledon and four-time U.S. Open champion continued to display his strong serve and volley game against Arias, but was critical of the sharpness of his game.

“I’m sort of disjointed right now and the rhythm isn’t there,” said McEnroe. “I haven’t played a match in three months. The flow and the feel isn’t where it needs to be. I need to step it up. I’ve been struggling with a some arm and elbow stuff- I am just getting old. It’s doesn’t get any easier.”

Said Arias, “I thought it was a decent match. He didn’t sever as well as he could normally. We had some good points and good shots. I’m struggling with my body right now it broke down 4-3 in the first set and I think that annoyed him that I was hanging on.”

McEnroe will next face Jim Courier in Saturday afternoon’s 2 pm day session semifinal. Martin will take on Pete Sampras in the 7 pm night session in the other semifinal.

Martin also admitted to a few cobwebs in his match with Pernfors, but kicked his game into another gear after breaking his Swedish opponent’s serve at 4-4 in the first set.

“It was in many ways what I would have expected,” said Martin of his win over Pernfors. “It was not the smoothest transition back into competition. Fortunately I controlled my game better at the more critical moments and slowly, but surely, gained a little bit of rhythm.”

Pernfors, the French Open finalist in 1986, was playing in his first competitive match since injuring his Achilles heel in the summer, but felt satisfied, despite the loss.

“I knew going in it was going to be a struggle to play Todd even if I was 100 percent,” said Pernfors. “He has the advantage as he rules the points against me. When he serves well, even if I get into the service game, he is going to have two or three big serves and he’s going to be right back in it. I felt like I served pretty good today. I had to work so much harder with my serve. It’s always going to be an uphill struggle to play against him.”

Tickets for Champions Cup Boston are still available by logging onto www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (617) 931-2000.

Both day and night sessions on Saturday will feature a singles semifinal match and a mixed doubles match featuring Anna Kournikova and Tracy Austin. The Sunday, Feb. 15 session will feature the third-place play-off and the championship match.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Sampras, 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 ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. The year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series.

Champions Cup Boston is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Stanford Financial Group, Staples, ASG, Providea, Talon Air, Coca-Cola, Taj Hotel, NESN and Greater Media.

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 www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

CONTACT:
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Philippoussis, Courier, Ivanisevic To Play Grand Cayman

NEW YORK, February 11, 2009 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Mark Philippoussis, Jim Courier and Goran Ivanisevic will headline the field at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships to be held April 24-26 in Grand Cayman. The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships is the fourth of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Philippoussis, 32, is currently attempting another return to competitive tennis and a hopeful return to the ATP Tour. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Philippoussis achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8 in 1999 and won 11 career ATP singles titles. He reached the final of the U.S. Open in 1998, losing to countryman Patrick Rafter. He also reached the final at Wimbledon in 2003, where he lost to Roger Federer in straight sets – Federer’s first Wimbledon and first major singles title.

Courier, 38, is one of 15 men in the history of tennis to play in all four major singles finals – winning two Australian Open titles (1992 and 1993) and two French Open titles (1991 and 1992). He also was a finalist at Wimbledon in 1993 and the U.S. Open in 1991. An owner of 23 career singles titles and the No. 1 ranked player in the world in 1992, Courier helped the United States to Davis Cup titles in 1992 and 1995 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. Courier has won seven career titles on the Outback Champions Series and finished the 2006 and 2008 seasons as the No. 1 ranked player in the Stanford Champions Rankings. Courier won the inaugural title in Grand Cayman in 2008, defeating Wayne Ferreira in the final.

Ivanisevic, 37, reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 during his career where he is best known for his incredible run to the Wimbledon title in 2001, defeating Patrick Rafter in a dramatic five-set final. He was runner-up at Wimbledon on three occasions and won 22 singles titles during his career. He was a member of Croatia’s winning Davis Cup team in 2005 and reached the doubles final at the French Open on two occasions. In 1992, he won bronze medals in singles and doubles at the Barcelona Olympics.

“Mark, Jim and Goran are three of the most charismatic and talented tennis players in the last 20 years and are all favorites to win in Grand Cayman this year,” said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “We are looking forward to our second year of bringing Outback Champions Series tennis to The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman featuring some of the greatest names in the game in a stunningly-beautiful location.”

The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships will feature a field of six champion players competing in a single knock-out format event, vying for $150,000 in prize money and ranking points that determine the year-end No. 1 in the Stanford Champions Rankings. The event’s other three competitors will be announced in the near future. Ticket, travel and tournament information can be found 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 14-time major tournament champion Pete Sampras, four-time U.S. Open champion John McEnroe, two-time French and Australian Open champion Jim 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 year-end No. 1 ranked player on the Series will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series.

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. 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

Rafter To Make Outback Champions Series Debut In Los Cabos, Mexico

NEW YORK, January 27, 2009 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Patrick Rafter of Australia will make his debut on the Outback Champions Series tennis circuit at the Del Mar Development Champions Cup to be held March 18-22 at the Palmilla Tennis Club in Los Cabos, Mexico. The Del Mar Development Champions Cup is a first-year event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Rafter, 36, is best known for his back-to-back victories at the U.S. Open in 1997 and 1998, becoming the first Australian man to win the event since John Newcombe in 1973. A 2006 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Rafter also reached the men’s singles final at Wimbledon in 2000 and 2001, losing to Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic, respectively. Ranked No. 1 in the world for one week in 1999, Rafter was a stalwart on Australia’s Davis Cup team from 1994 to 2001, helping his nation to the title in 1999, although not playing the final. He won 11 career singles title and 10 career doubles titles before ending his ATP career in 2001.

“I’m excited to play with the guys on the Outback Champions Series in Los Cabos, which looks like a spectacular place,” said Rafter. “I know the competition will be tough but I’ll be aiming to win.”

“Patrick Rafter is one of the great champions and fan favorites in tennis and we welcome his long anticipated debut on the Outback Champions Series,” said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series.

The Del Mar Champions Cup is the third of eight events on the 2009 Outback Champions Series and will be contested on an outdoor hard court. The tournament will feature a field of six champion players competing in a single knock-out format event, vying for $150,000 in prize money and ranking points that determine the year-end No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series. Rafter joins former world No. 1 Jim Courier in the field with the final four tournament competitors to be announced in the near future.

The tournament will kick off on Wednesday, March 18 with a special “Mexico Day,” featuring a children’s clinic and an exhibition doubles match. Quarterfinal play will be contested on Thursday, March 19 while the semifinals will be played on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. The final and third-place playoff will take place Sunday, March 22. Ticket, travel and tournament information can be found by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

The 2009 Outback Champions Series will kick off Feb. 13-15 in Boston, Mass., at the Champions Cup Boston. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host the Rio Champions Cup – the second event of the 2009 series – March 12-15. Following the Del Mar Champions Cup, Outback Champions Series events will be staged in Grand Cayman (April 24-26), Newport, R.I. (August 20-23), Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 25-27), Surprise, Ariz. (Oct. 9-11), and Dubai, U.A.E. (Nov. 19-22).

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including 14-time major tournament champion Pete Sampras, four-time U.S. Open champion John McEnroe, two-time French and Australian Open champion Jim 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 year-end No. 1 ranked player on the Series will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series.

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. 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.

Sampras, McEnroe – and Anna Kournikova – Highlight Champions Cup Boston

BOSTON, December 16, 2008 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier and Anna Kournikova will headline a new-look $150,000 Champions Cup Boston tennis championships February 13-15, 2009 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Sampras, the seven-time Wimbledon champion and the winner of more major singles titles (14) than any other man, headlines a six-player field that also includes seven-time major singles champions John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, four-time major singles champion Jim Courier, two-time major singles finalist Todd Martin and 1986 French Open runner-up Mikael Pernfors. Kournikova, a former world No. 1 doubles player and one of the most popular female athletes of all-time, will compete in special mixed doubles exhibition matches during both the day and night sessions on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, with a to-be-announced female player as well as players chosen from the field of six men’s competitors in the tournament field.

Tickets for Champions Cup Boston are available now by logging onto www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (617) 931-2000.

Courier made the announcement today at Harvard University’s Murr Center along with Ned Eames, president and founder of Tenacity, the benefiting charity of the Boston event. At the announcement, Courier stepped onto the court to give pointers to Tenacity tennis students.

“I’m thrilled to be included in this top-notch field featuring some of the greatest names in tennis,” said Courier, Co-Founder of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “You will be hard pressed to find a better line up than this one, with 32 major singles titles held among the competing players. The addition of mixed doubles will surely be an exciting new aspect of the event for the fans.”

Boston will be the first tournament on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, a collection of men’s tennis events in the United States and abroad featuring some of the greatest names in the sport over the age of 30. McEnroe will defend his Champions Cup title where, one year ago, he defeated Aaron Krickstein for his first-ever win in an Outback Champions Series event. The final was a hotly-contested match with both McEnroe and Krickstein winning a set before McEnroe dominated the Champions tiebreak 10-5.

“Boston has some of the most passionate fans on the tour and that’s why we are excited to be back at Agganis Arena for the fourth Champions Cup,” said Jon Venison, Co-Founder of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “Last year’s event was a huge success with large, enthusiastic crowds throughout the tournament. With the addition of Anna Kournikova to this year’s star-studded field, we are expecting even more interest and enthusiasm from tennis fans throughout the region.”

The Champions Cup Boston schedule will kick-off with two quarterfinal singles matches on Friday evening, Feb. 13. Both day and night sessions on Saturday, Feb. 14 will feature a singles semifinal match and a mixed doubles match, while the Sunday, Feb. 15 session will feature the third-place play-off and the championship match.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Sampras, 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. Each event features $150,000 in prize money as well as Champions Series ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. The year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series.

Tenacity is one of the premier youth development programs in the City of Boston offering both after-school and summer programming that combines tennis, literacy and life skills to help youth develop the skills and self-confidence they need to succeed in life. Tenacity’s After-School Excellence Program currently partners with eight middle schools in Boston to provide intensive after-school services for 180 students. The Summer Tennis & Reading Program operates at 28 neighborhood sites throughout the city and more than 3,600 Boston youth participate.

“We are excited at the opportunity to once again work with Jim Courier and all of the players during Champions Cup Boston,” said Ned Eames, President and Founder of Tenacity. “In today’s current economic climate, it is essential for us to have people like Jim who want to help our cause. We look forward to watching this amazing group of tennis stars compete in the tournament and exhibition matches.”

Champions Cup Boston is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Stanford Financial Group, Staples, ASG, Talon Air, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Taj Hotel, NESN and Greater Media.

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 corporate outings, 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.

New Events In Brazil And Mexico Highlight 2009 Outback Champions Series

NEW YORK, N.Y., December 11, 2008 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced the full slate of tournaments for the 2009 Outback Champions Series, highlighted by two new events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, new single-knockout tournament formats and increased prize money for tournament champions.

The fourth full season of the Outback Champions Series will feature eight total events – each offering $150,000 in prize money – with six events as single-knockout, six-player events, while two events (Rio de Janeiro and Newport, R.I.) will be eight-player, round-robin format events. Tournament champions will also receive first-prize paychecks of $60,000 in each single-knockout event, while undefeated tournament champions in the eight-player round-robin events will continue to earn $54,000. As in 2008, the player who finishes the year ranked No. 1 in the Stanford Champions Rankings will earn a $100,000 bonus, courtesy of the Stanford Financial Group. The final Stanford Champions Rankings in 2009 will be comprised of each player’s best-of-five tournament results.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series is a collection of global tennis events featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30, including former world No. 1 players Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Stefan Edberg. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached a major singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world in singles or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.

The full 2009 Outback Champions Series schedule is as follows;

* Champions Cup Boston – Boston, Mass., Feb. 13-15
* Rio Champions Cup – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 12-15
* The Del Mar Development Champions Cup – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, March 18-22
* The Residences at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman Legends Championships – Grand Cayman, April 23-26
* International Tennis Hall of Fame Champions Cup – Newport, R.I., August 19-23
* The Citadel Group Championships at The Palisades – Charlotte, N.C. September 25-27
* Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships at Surprise – Surprise, Ariz., November 6-8
* Emirates NBD The Legends “Rock” Dubai – Dubai, U.A.E., Nov. 19-21

Each six-player event will also feature special doubles exhibition matches with some of the greatest men and women players of all-time. In 2008, mixed doubles exhibition matches featuring Anna Kournikova were held at events in Charlotte and Dallas.

“We are very pleased with the growth and evolution of the Outback Champions Series since inception in 2005 and we look forward to what will be our most exciting season yet in 2009,” said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “Our events take place in many of the world’s most interesting and beautiful locations and feature the greatest champion tennis players in the world. With new fan friendly elements such as doubles joining the event schedules alongside current favorites such as kids’ day, player clinics and pro-ams at each event, we eagerly await the beginning of our season with our first event in Boston.”

Information on each individual event – including ticket information – can be obtained by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

The Rio Champions Cup in Rio de Janeiro and the Del Mar Development Champions Cup in Mexico are the two new events in 2009 announced last summer, marking the tour’s expansion into South America and Mexico. The Rio Champions Cup will be held March 12-15 at the HSBC Arena in Rio, while The Del Mar Development Champions Cup will be held March 18-22 at the Palmilla Tennis Club in Cabo San Lucas. The 2009 Outback Champions Series will begin in Boston Feb. 13 at the Champions Cup Boston at the Agganis Arena at Boston University.

Courier finished the 2008 season as the No. 1 ranked player in the Stanford Champions Rankings, earning him a $100,000 bonus by virtue of winning events in Grand Cayman, Charlotte, Dallas and Dubai. Todd Martin finished the 2007 season as the champion of the Series, while Courier also ended 2006 with the top ranking.

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 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. Pat Cash won his first Outback Champions Series title in Newport, R.I., in August, defeating Courier in the final, while Courier won his second and third titles of the season in September in Charlotte and in October in Dallas, defeating Martin and Thomas Enqvist in the final, respectively. In November, McEnroe won his second title of the 2008 season in Surprise, Ariz., defeating Martin in the final. In the final event of 2008 in Dubai, Courier defeated Outback Champions Series debutant Edberg to win his fourth title of the year.

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