Magnus Larsson

Washington, Larsson and Novacek Complete Outback Champions Field in Newport

NEWPORT, RI – The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that 1996 Wimbledon finalist Mal Washington, Swedish Davis Cup star Magnus Larsson and 1994 US Open semifinalist Karel Novacek will complete the eight-player field at the Hall of Fame Champions Cup to be played August 13-17 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.

The Hall of Fame Champions Cup is the fourth of eight events on the 2008 Outback Champions Series circuit, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over. Also in the field are three-time Wimbledon champion and Hall of Famer John McEnroe, two-time French and Australian Open champion and Hall of Famer Jim Courier, 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, 1996 French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and 1992 Olympic silver medalist Wayne Ferreira. Former world No. 1 Mats Wilander withdrew from the event due to personal reasons.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 866-914-FAME or at www.tennisfame.com. The tournament pairings and schedule of play was also announced with play beginning at noon on all five days of the tournament. The full schedule is as follows;

SCHEDULE FOR THE HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONS CUP
Wednesday, August 13
Beginning at Noon
Wayne Ferreira vs. Magnus Larsson
Followed by
Mikael Pernfors vs. Jim Courier
Followed by
Pat Cash vs. Karel Novacek

Thursday, August 14
Beginning at Noon
Wayne Ferreira vs. Mikael Pernfors
Followed by
Mal Washington vs. John McEnroe
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Magnus Larsson

Friday, August 15
Beginning at Noon
Magnus Larsson vs.  Mikael Pernfors
Followed by
Karel Novacek vs. John McEnroe
Followed by
Pat Cash vs. Mal Washington

Saturday, August 16
Beginning at Noon
Karel Novacek vs. Mal Washington
Followed by
Pat Cash vs. John McEnroe
Followed by
Jim Courier vs. Wayne Ferreira

Sunday, August 17
Beginning at Noon
Third Place Match
Followed by
Championship Match

Washington, 39, was a singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1996, where he lost to Richard Krajicek after coming back from 1-5 deficit in the fifth set against Todd Martin in the semifinals. In 1993, Washington became the second African-American man after Arthur Ashe to play for the U.S. Davis Cup team and in 1996, he was the first African-American man to play on the U.S. Olympic Team. Washington won four singles titles in his ATP career, including the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Charlotte in 1992.

Larsson, 38, has reached two singles finals on the Outback Champions Series, winning in Memphis in 2006 and reaching the final of Houston in 2006, losing to Ferreira in the final. Ranked a career-high of No. 10 in the world in 1995, Larsson led Sweden to Davis Cup titles in 1994 and 1997, guiding his country past the United States in the 1994 semifinals and the 1997 final. Larsson was also a semifinalist at the French Open in 1993 and was a doubles finalist at Roland Garros in 1995.

Novacek, 43, 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, reached the doubles final in 1993, losing to Ken Flach and Robert Seguso. A winner of 13 career ATP singles titles and a stalwart on the Czech Davis Cup team, Novacek also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1987 and 1994. Ranked as high as No. 8 in the world, Novacek will be making his Outback Champions Series debut in Newport.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Pete Sampras, McEnroe, Courier and others. The Outback Championship Series features eight events on its 2008 schedule, with its next event being the Hall of Fame Champions Cup in Newport, R.I., August 13-17. Each event features an eight-man round-robin match format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match, while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Outback Champions Series 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 three events in 2008, McEnroe and Courier are tied for the No. 1 position with 1600 points each. Wayne Ferreira is in third position with 950 points, followed by Aaron Krickstein and Todd Martin in fourth place with 900 points each.

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

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, established in 1954, is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. It was recognized as the sport’s official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s legendary grass courts remain the only competition grass courts available for professional events and exhibitions, while also available for public play. For more information about the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, events and programs, please call 401-849-3990 or log on to www.tennisfame.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

Martin Tops McEnroe To Win 2008 Outback Champions Series Opener in Naples

NAPLES, Fla., March 16, 2008 – Todd Martin defeated John McEnroe 6-3, 6-1 Sunday to win the singles title at the $150,000 The Oliver Group Champions Cup – the opening event on the 2008 Outback Champions Series tennis circuit. Martin, who finished 2007 as the No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series, earned $50,000 for the victory and also gained 700 ranking points to make him the early leader in the 2008 Stanford Champions Rankings. McEnroe earned $32,000 and 600 ranking points with the runner-up showing.
Todd Martin 2
The Naples title was Martin’s third Outback Champions Series tournament victory – all coming at the expense of McEnroe. Martin beat McEnroe in the final of the 2006 Champions Cup Boston as well as in the final of the 2007 International Tennis Hall of Fame Champions Cup in Newport, R.I.

“I felt I had an honorable first set and a half,” said McEnroe, 49, of the final. “I thought I was hitting the ball well but missed my chances. I also didn’t get a good handle on break points in the first set. When I miss a point that I feel I should get and don’t – that is frustrating. I had a few break points and missed them.”

McEnroe, playing in his final year of competitive tournament tennis, fell one match shy of his goal of winning his first Outback Champions Series event. Earlier this week, McEnroe said that 2008 would be his final year of competitive tournament tennis. “Definitely,” said McEnroe when asked if this was his final year. “I can’t keep on going just winning half of my matches.”

Said Martin of McEnroe and his contributions to tennis since he turned professional 30 years ago in 1978, “John has been very much the face of our sport. John is such an amazing talent. It is the difference between the type of talent of Michael Jordan had and Charles Barkley. Though Barkley was a great player, Jordan was so graceful and made everything happen. The way John played the game is so artistic and gifted. It is a joy to watch.”

Martin, 37, only advanced into the championship match by virtue of his straight-set win over Jim Courier on Saturday that enabled him to win a three-way tie breaker between himself, Courier and Aaron Krickstein – all three players finishing with 2-1 round robin records. Martin won the three-way tie-breaker by virtue of losing the least amount of sets between the three players in round-robin play. McEnroe finished round-robin play with a 3-0 record, beating Jimmy Arias, Mikael Pernfors and Magnus Larsson.

With his 700 ranking points earned during his week in Naples, Martin already has a leg up on defending his year-end No. 1 ranking that he earned last year on the Outback Champions Series. This year, however, the year-end No. 1 on the Stanford Champions Rankings will earn a $100,000 bonus. Martin said he liked the added element to the year-long competition.

“(The $100,000 bonus) is good incentive for the Outback Champions Series,” said Martin. “Last year I played five tournaments, which was more than I thought I was going to play, and this year I am planning on playing six tournaments.”

In Sunday’s third-place match, Courier defeated Pernfors 6-2, 6-2.

The Outback Champions Series is a collection of tennis events around the world featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. All Outback Champions Series events feature eight-man round-robin match formats with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. Each event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Stanford Champions ranking points that will determine the year-end champion and the winner of a $100,000 bonus. More information – including ticket information – is available by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

About The Outback Champions Series

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features eight events where champion tennis players continue to exercise their competitive instincts in tournament formats that feature prize money and Champions Series ranking points that determine a year-end No. 1 player on the Stanford Champions Rankings. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have either; reached a Grand Slam 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.

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 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.

About C & H Events

C & H Events, Inc. is a full-service event management and marketing company based in Boca Raton, Fla. Among the tennis events C & H Events manages in addition to The Oliver Group Champions Cup is Swingtime Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, Mardy’s Tennis and Jake’s Music Fest to benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation, the Bank of the West Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and Couples Resorts Tennis Fantasy Camp. Please visit www.chevents.com for further details about C & H Events.

ROUND ROBIN GROUP A

John McEnroe 3-0

Mikael Pernfors 1-2

Magnus Larsson 1-2

Jimmy Arias 1-2

ROUND ROBIN GROUP B

Todd Martin 2-1

Jim Courier 2-1

Aaron Krickstein 2-1

Anders Jarryd 0-3

Wednesday Results

Todd Martin, United States, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 7-6 (5), 6-3

Jim Courier, United States, def. Aaron Krickstein, United States, 6-1, 3-6, 10-6 (Champions Tie-Break)

Thursday Results

Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, def. Magnus Larsson, Sweden, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5)

John McEnroe, United States, def. Jimmy Arias, United States, 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-6 (Champions Tie Break)

Friday Results

Magnus Larsson, Sweden, def. Jimmy Arias, United States, 6-4, 6-4

Aaron Krickstein, United States, def. Todd Martin, United States, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 10-3 (Champions Tie Break)

Jim Courier, United States, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 6-2, 7-5

John McEnroe, United States, def. Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 (Champions Tie Break)

Saturday Results

Aaron Krickstein, United States, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 6-3, 6-4

Todd Martin, United States, def. Jim Courier, United States, 6-4, 6-4

Jimmy Arias, United States, def. Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, 2-6, 6-4, 13-11 (Champions Tie Break)

John McEnroe, United States, def. Magnus Larsson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-2

Sunday Results

Championship Match

Todd Martin, United States, def. John McEnroe, United States, 6-3, 6-1

Third Place Match

Jim Courier, United States, def. Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, 6-2, 6-2

McEnroe and Martin Reach Final of The Oliver Group Champions Cup

NAPLES, Fla., March 15, 2008 – John McEnroe and Todd Martin advanced into the title match at $150,000 The Oliver Group Champions Cup Saturday with singles wins that clinched victories in their respective round robin groups. McEnroe overwhelmed Magnus Larsson 6-3, 6-2 to win Round Robin Group A with a 3-0 record, while Martin defeated Jim Courier 6-4, 6-4 to edge into the final with a 2-1 record in Round Robin Group B. The Oliver Group Champions Cup is the opening event on the Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events around the world featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30.

Todd Martin - Oliver Group Champions CupMcEnroe, who this week said this was “definitely” his final year of competitive tournament tennis, will be gunning for his first title on the Outback Champions Series after losing two previous finals – both to Martin in Boston in 2006 and in Newport, R.I. in 2007. Martin, last year’s No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series, will be competing in his eighth Outback singles final and will be seeking his third title to go with his 2006 title in Boston and his 2007 title in Newport.

“It will be a tough match,” said McEnroe of the final. “Todd uses the angles well and puts you on the defensive. His second serve return is great – it’s one of the best around. I can’t really stay back with him so I will have to move up and cut off the angles.”

Martin advanced into the championship match by virtue of his straight-set win over Courier. Martin’s win – coupled with Aaron Krickstein’s win Saturday over Anders Jarryd – created a three-way tie between Martin, Courier and Krickstein on top Round Robin Group B with 2-1 records. Martin won the three-way tie-breaker by virtue of losing the least amount of sets between the three players in round-robin play. Courier, by virtue of his head-to-head victory over Krickstein, will play in Sunday’s third place match against Sweden’s Mikael Pernfors.

Martin and Courier battled in afternoon winds that gusted to 30 mph, with Martin able to more successfully hit through the wind to record the straight-set victory that moved him into the championship match.

“Yes it was windy, but that is the best I have served in a while,” said Martin. “I just came out here and am glad I got it done. I knew today I would have to serve well for it is a long shot to beat Jim on clay in the finals. It is important for me start this season out well.”

Said Courier, “To Todd’s credit he played a better match. When Todd got himself in trouble he dug himself out with great serves, much like a great pitcher.”

McEnroe struggled in his first two round-robin matches, beating both Pernfors and Jimmy Arias in matches both decided by 10-6 Champions Tie-Breaks (played in lieu of a third set). Against the 37-year-old Larsson, 12 years McEnroe’s junior, the four-time U.S. Open champion was able to find his form to clinch a spot in the final.

“I moved better today,” said McEnroe, who turned 49 on February 16. “I felt my first step was slow the first couple of days, but it got better. It took longer than I had hoped. I was serving reasonable well. I was on and he was not.”

In other round-robin matches Saturday, Krickstein defeated Jarryd 6-3, 6-4 and Arias came back from a 6-2, 3-0 deficit to upset Pernfors 2-6, 6-4, 13-11 (Champions Tie-Break)

The Oliver Group Champions Cup features an eight-man round-robin match format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. The event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Stanford Champions ranking points that will determine the year-end champion and the winner of a $100,000 bonus. More information – including ticket information – is available by visiting http://www.championsseriestennis.com.

About The Outback Champions Series

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features eight events where champion tennis players continue to exercise their competitive instincts in tournament formats that feature prize money and Champions Series ranking points that determine a year-end No. 1 player on the Stanford Champions Rankings. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have either; reached a Grand Slam 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.

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 corporate outings, charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp.

For more information, please log on to http://www.InsideOutSE.com or http://www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com

About C & H Events

C & H Events, Inc. is a full-service event management and marketing company based in Boca Raton, Fla. Among the tennis events C & H Events manages in addition to The Oliver Group Champions Cup is Swingtime Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, Mardy’s Tennis and Jake’s Music Fest to benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation, the Bank of the West Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and Couples Resorts Tennis Fantasy Camp. Please visit http://www.chevents.com for further details about C & H Events.

ROUND ROBIN GROUP A

John McEnroe 3-0

Mikael Pernfors 1-2

Magnus Larsson 1-2

Jimmy Arias 1-2

ROUND ROBIN GROUP B

Todd Martin 2-1

Jim Courier 2-1

Aaron Krickstein 2-1

Anders Jarryd 0-3

Wednesday Results

Todd Martin, United States, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 7-6 (5), 6-3

Jim Courier, United States, def. Aaron Krickstein, United States, 6-1, 3-6,
10-6 (Champions Tie-Break)

Thursday Results

Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, def. Magnus Larsson, Sweden, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5)

John McEnroe, United States, def. Jimmy Arias, United States, 7-6(4), 2-6,
10-6 (Champions Tie Break)

Friday Results

Aaron Krickstein, United States, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 6-3, 6-4

Todd Martin, United States, def. Jim Courier, United States, 6-4, 6-4

Jimmy Arias, United States, def. Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, 2-6, 6-4, 13-11
(Champions Tie Break)

Saturday Results

Aaron Krickstein, United States, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 6-3, 6-4

Todd Martin, United States, def. Jim Courier, United States, 6-4, 6-4

Jimmy Arias, United States, def. Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, 2-6, 6-4, 13-11
(Champions Tie Break)

John McEnroe, United States, def. Magnus Larsson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-2

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

1:30 pm

Third-Place Match

To Follow

Championship Match

Krickstein Stuns Martin At The Oliver Group Champions Cup In Naples

NAPLES, Fla., March 14, 2008 – Aaron Krickstein continued his run of good play at The Oliver Group Champions Cup Friday staging a 6-3, 6-7 (1), 10-3 (Champions Tie Break) upset of Todd Martin, the No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series from 2007, on the second day of round robin play at the Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort. Other winners on the third day of competition included John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Magnus Larsson. McEnroe defeated Mikael Pernfors 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 (Champions Tie-Break), Courier defeated Anders Jarryd 6-2, 7-5 and Larsson defeated Jimmy Arias 6-4, 6-4. The Oliver Group Champions Cup is the opening event on the Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events around the world featuring the greatest names in tennis overAaron Kricksteinthe age of 30.

Last year, Krickstein reached the singles final in Naples – his best career result on the Outback Champions Series – losing to Wayne Ferreira. After losing to Courier in Wednesday’s opening round-robin match, Krickstein put himself in position to qualify for either Sunday’s championship match or third-place match with his upset over Martin.

Said Martin of the Krickstein match, “Aaron played real well today. He has not played well against me in other tournaments in the series and this time he did. The two most important things when you play is how you control your mind and the way you move and today Aaron was moving well and was aware of what he was doing.”

Krickstein is playing in Naples this week with a relative relic of a tennis racquet – the Wilson Pro Staff – that was debuted on the tennis market in the early 1980s. The former U.S. Davis Cup standout said his comfort level and feel he has with the older racquet frame allows him to play better than with the more technologically advanced racquets.

“I tend to use racquets for a long time – and when I find that I’m comfortable with them, and I’m playing well, I don’t find a reason to change,” said Krickstein. “Some of my racquets are almost 22 years old. I still have many of the racquets that I’ve used for many years, and I just prefer them to some of the new technology. It’s about being comfortable and being able to focus on keeping the rest of my game sharp.”

McEnroe won his second straight match in a Champions Tie Break (played in lieu of a third set) against Pernfors. On Thursday night, McEnroe defeated Arias also in a 10-6 Champions Tie-Break. The four-time US Open champion can clinch a spot in Sunday’s singles final with a win over Larsson Saturday night. McEnroe is seeking his first singles title on the Outback Champions Series.

“I still feel I have not found my range,” said McEnroe of his first two match wins in Naples. “To be honest, I have been lucky.”

McEnroe credited his serve that allowed him to overpower the crafty Pernfors.

“I hit a lot of good serves in the second set including my second serve which is helpful,” McEnroe said. “I wasn’t hitting a lot on the baseline so I tried coming in and it was working. I started taking more chances and it worked.”

Round-robin play concludes Saturday as Krickstein takes on Jarryd and Martin meets Courier in the afternoon session, while the night session features Arias against Pernfors and McEnroe against Larsson.

The Oliver Group Champions Cup features an eight-man round-robin match format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. The event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Stanford Champions ranking points that will determine the year-end champion and the winner of a $100,000 bonus. More information – including ticket information – is available by visiting http://www.championsseriestennis.com/

About The Outback Champions Series

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features eight events where champion tennis players continue to exercise their competitive instincts in tournament formats that feature prize money and Champions Series ranking points that determine a year-end No. 1 player on the Stanford Champions Rankings. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have either; reached a Grand Slam 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.

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 corporate outings, charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp. For more information, please log on to http://www.InsideOutSE.com or http://www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com .

About C & H Events

C & H Events, Inc. is a full-service event management and marketing company based in Boca Raton, Fla. Among the tennis events C & H Events manages in addition to The Oliver Group Champions Cup is Swingtime Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, Mardy’s Tennis and Jake’s Music Fest to benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation, the Bank of the West Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and Couples Resorts Tennis Fantasy Camp. Please visit http://www.chevents.com/ for further details about C & H Events.

ROUND ROBIN GROUP A

John McEnroe 1-0

Mikael Pernfors 1-0

Magnus Larsson 1-1

Jimmy Arias 0-2

ROUND ROBIN GROUP B

Jim Courier 1-0

Aaron Krickstein 1-1

Todd Martin 1-1

Anders Jarryd 0-1

Wednesday Results

Todd Martin, United States, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 7-6 (5), 6-3

Jim Courier, United States, def. Aaron Krickstein, United States, 6-1, 3-6,
10-6 (Champions Tie-Break)

Thursday Results

Mikael Pernfors, Sweden, def. Magnus Larsson, Sweden, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5)

John McEnroe, United States, def. Jimmy Arias, United States, 7-6(4), 2-6,
10-6 (Champions Tie Break)

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

1:30 pm

Aaron Krickstein vs. Anders Jarryd

Todd Martin vs. Jim Courier

6:30 pm

Mikael Pernfors vs. Jimmy Arias

John McEnroe vs. Magnus Larsson

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

1:30 pm

Third-Place Match

To Follow

Championship Match

Courier and Martin Win Openers As 2008 Outback Champions Series Kicks Off In Naples, Fla.

NAPLES, Fla., March 12, 2008 – Jim Courier and Todd Martin both registered round-robin match victories Wednesday in the opening session of the $150,000 The Oliver Group Champions Cup at the Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort as the Outback Champions Series officially kicked off its 2008 season. Martin won the night’s opening match, defeating Sweden’s Anders Jarryd 7-6 (5), 6-3, while Courier defeated Aaron Krickstein 6-1, 3-6, 10-6 (Champions Tie-Break). The Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events around the world featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30, features eight events in 2008, its third full season.

Jim Courier in Dallas

Martin finished the 2007 Outback Champions Series season as the year-end No. 1 ranked player based on a tournament title in Newport, R.I. and runner-up showings at three other events. Playing for the first time at The Oliver Group Champions Cup, Martin struggled finding his footing on the clay surface after having played recent exhibition matches on faster surfaces.

“I had to deal with less then my best game tonight and the lack of comfort on the courts,” said Martin, who beat Pete Sampras in an exhibition match last week in Jacksonville, Fla. “I was lucky to win the first set and win the tie-break. I served well when I needed to.”

Said Jarryd, “It was a very competitive match. The first set could have gone either way. The second set was close, but Todd just had more chances.”

Courier won the 2006 singles title in Naples en route to clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking in the Outback Champions Series inaugural year in
2006. He needed a Champions Tie-Break – played in lieu of a third-set – in his match Wednesday night to defeat Krickstein, who lost last year’s Naples final to Wayne Ferreira.

Round-robin play continues Thursday evening as Magnus Larsson takes on fellow Swede Mikael Pernfors at 7 pm, followed by John McEnroe taking on fellow American Jimmy Arias.

The Oliver Group Champions Cup features an eight-man round-robin match format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. The event features $150,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $54,000 as well as Stanford Champions ranking points that will determine the year-end champion and the winner of a $100,000 bonus. More information – including ticket information – is available by visiting http://www.championsseriestennis.com/
About The Outback Champions Series

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features eight events where champion tennis players continue to exercise their competitive instincts in tournament formats that feature prize money and Champions Series ranking points that determine a year-end No. 1 player on the Stanford Champions Rankings. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have either; reached a Grand Slam 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.
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 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