Sampras Goes Greek for New Senior Tour Event
by Richard Vach | April 17th, 2007, 8:53 am
Jim Courier’s Outback Champions Series has expanded outside the U.S., announcing an event in Greece that will be played by Greek-American Pete Sampras, and Greek-Aussie Mark Philippoussis.
Philippoussis will become the first active ATP player to compete in an event on the circuit for players 30 years and older.
Other players in the field will be tour founder Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Richard Krajicek, Mats Wilander and Pat Cash. The eighth and final player in the field will be announced at a later date.
The event will be May 17-20, following Sampras’ senior tour debut at the May event in Boston.
“Playing in this event in Greece is going to be very exciting for me and something that I am really looking forward to,” Sampras said. “I’ve never had the opportunity to travel to Greece, but this event will give me the chance to see the country, meet the people and allow me to play in a tournament with a different kind of pride as a Greek-American playing in the land of my heritage.”
For Philippoussis, who has struggled with injury, it will be an Outback Series debut.
“We are very proud of the quality of tennis and the competitive nature on the Outback Champions Series and now with a current ATP player like Mark Philippoussis playing in Athens, the bar will be further raised as we go international,” Courier said. “With golfers like Fred Funk and Craig Stadler
competing on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour in golf, it will be interesting to see Mark Philippoussis do the same in tennis on the ATP Tour and Champions Series circuits. This is going to be a fascinating event on a lot of levels.”

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12 Comments for Sampras Goes Greek for New Senior Tour Event

Bonitto Says:

Hurayyyyyyyyyyyy, Greece here I come.

Roger Federer Says:

That´s great, Pete!

Good luck, mate!

whoa nelly Says:

“never had the opportunity to travel to greece”
riiight. those retirement years must be tough on a reclusive millionaire…

Debra Gardner Says:

Hi Pete. I’m so happy you’re doing this. I’m sure Grece will be just as proud to see you as you will be to be there. God bless you and best of luck.

Dennis Says:

Hey, what about Ivanicevic and Rafter? I thought these two were coming too.

Sandy Says:

Great news all the best to Pete he will do great.

Louis Panos Says:

Pete..NEVER been to Greece!!!!
Hopefully, this will be Your first of many more trips to the Birthplace of Civilization…Theater
Music ….and SPORTS…..Oh, Yeah…Sice You’ll be there: Extremely WORTHWHILE..Visit to Your Parents Native Lands: Aecadia and Vourlias (Sellasia,) Laconia

Happy Homegoin’ Pete!

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koproskilo Says:

It’s been too long since we’ve seen Sampras display his excellence on the court. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him play live, but doing so in Greece would be the ultimate thrill.

Good luck Pete

Bonitto Says:

Greece here I come, it will be good if pete could take his family with him.

x.Scud's Girl.x Says:

WoOw , this is very ineresting , mark ‘n pete in the same place , IN GREECE , What an excellent choise .
this is really amazing getting 2 c both pete & mark back .
I can’t wait to c Scud back in court.
Good Luck Greek Boys

Marge from Boston Says:

I am a huge,longtime fan. I loved seeing you play and win in Boston and wish you great success in Greece. You have been my role model for my sons for years. I hope you’ll come back next year.

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