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Courier, McEnroe and Wilander to Compete in The Oliver Group Championship Cup

January 17, 2007 10:13 AM


InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and C & H Events announced that three former world number one players – Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander – will compete in the 2007 Oliver Group Champions Cup, to be played March 7-11 at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort in Naples, Fla.  The Oliver Group Champions Cup will kick-off the 2007 Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events in the United States featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30 which completed its inaugural season in 2006. 

“Naples was a fantastic city to kick off the Outback Champions Series last year with enthusiastic crowds and thrilling matches in the intimate stadium.  This year, with players such as Jim, John and Mats returning, The Oliver Group Champions Cup will solidify its position as the premiere tennis event in southwest Florida,” said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut and the Outback Champions Series.  “These are three of the greatest tennis players over the last twenty-five years and they will be eager to kick off the 2007 Outback Champions Series with a victory in Florida.”

USTA members, don’t miss out on USTA Day!  The Oliver Group Champions Group will be offering 2 for 1 tickets for session 3 on Friday, March 9th at 2 p.m.  Purchase 1 ticket, show your USTA membership card, and receive a second ticket FREE (of equal or lesser value)!  Tickets for the event are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 877-332-8499 or visiting www.championsseriestennis.com.

Courier, the co-founder of InsideOut and the Outback Champions Series, won the Naples event last year, defeating Pat Cash 6-4, 7-6 (8) in the championship match.  Courier also won the title in Charlotte over Todd Martin, another top player competing in the event, and had third place finishes in both Boston and Houston, finishing the year number 1 in the Outback Champions Series rankings.  During his 13-year ATP career, Courier won 23 singles titles, including two French Open and two Australian Open titles.

McEnroe completed the inaugural year of the Outback Champions Series in 2006 by finishing second to Courier in the overall point standings. 

He finished in third place in Naples last year, defeating Mikael Pernfors in the third place match and also posted a runner-up showing in Boston, losing to Todd Martin in the title match.  McEnroe also posted an historic result on the ATP Tour, winning his 78th career doubles title, pairing with Jonas Bjorkman to win the title in San Jose, Calf. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles during his career (four US Open and three Wimbledon titles).

“When you return to an event as the defending champion, you want to defend your turf and retain the title,” said Courier.  “I want to get my 2007 campaign off to a good start in Naples again and grab an early lead in the overall Outback Champions Series points standings.  John, Mats and the rest of the field will be tough but I will be ready.”

All Outback Champions Series events will 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 $142,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $50,000 as well as Outback Champions Series ranking points that will determine a year-end champion.

To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached at least a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.

For hospitality packages, sponsorships and information please phone 239-649-7171.  This will be a great event to watch professionals at their best; get your tickets now!

 

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