The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 23, 2013

2013 Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic announced

Format change; Lendl, Haas to join Sampras and McEnroe at event


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Greenbrier, the classic American resort in the foothills of West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, will once again be host this fall to The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, featuring exhibition matches with Tennis Hall of Fame legends Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and, for the first time ever, Ivan Lendl and Tommy Haas.

From September 21-22, 2013, The Greenbrier will host this second annual tennis classic featuring four of the greatest living tennis stars in the world, who, all together, hold 29 career Grand Slam men's singles titles.  Following the overwhelming success of last year's inaugural Greenbrier Champions Tennis Class (which was a one-day event), the 2013 Classic will span two days and include three marquee matches between these four tennis legends, along with a Pro-Am.

Last September, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras restarted the tradition of high-profile tennis events hosted by The Greenbrier when they played before an enthusiastic crowd of guests at The Greenbrier's tennis center.  The 2013 Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic will have a new format, with last year's competitors, McEnroe and Sampras, playing as teammates in a friendly challenge against former world #1 Ivan Lendl and Tommy Haas, who is currently ranked #14 in the world.  On Saturday, September 21, two singles matches will be played - McEnroe vs. Lendl and Sampras vs. Haas.  On Sunday, September 22, one doubles match will be played with the Americans (McEnroe and Sampras) competing against the Europeans (Lendl and Haas).

"We are so thrilled to continue to build the tradition of the fall Tennis Classic at The Greenbrier, and welcome Pete and John back to the resort," says Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier.  "And we could not ask for better ambassadors for the resort and our extraordinary tennis facilities than four of the most talented players that have ever graced the court in international men's tennis."

"I am really looking forward to returning to The Greenbrier again this fall for some great tennis-and hopefully a little golf, too!" says Pete Sampras.  "John and I had such a great time last year, and I'm psyched to join forces with him this year to take on the 'new challengers' at the tournament."

"It's really great to see the Greenbrier continue to bring tennis to the forefront at this great American resort" says John McEnroe.  "The crowd at last year's event seemed to really enjoy the tennis and was very supportive of both Pete and myself.  I am sure the new expanded tournament format, with the Americans vs. Europeans competition, will encourage even more fans to come out for a great weekend."

Tickets for matches taking place on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, are available for purchase now starting at $125 per seat.  A limited number of tickets for "Meet & Greet" sessions are also available for $25 per session.  For more information about The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic or to purchase tickets, please call 855-239-7531.  For information about various sponsorship packages, please call 304-536-5318.

For more information about The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, please visit: http://greenbrier.com/tennisclassic. For more about The Greenbrier resort, please visit: www.greenbrier.com.  And follow The Greenbrier resort on Twitter at @The_Greenbrier and get the latest developments on #GBRTennisClassic.

 

ABOUT THE GREENBRIER:

Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses 6,750 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.

ABOUT PETE SAMPRAS:  Pete Sampras joined the professional tour at the age of 16 in 1988, won his first pro tournament on February 12, 1990 in Philadelphia, and reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career on April 12, 1993.  Pete went on to win 14 Grand Slam titles (including 5 US Open singles titles) and held the year-end No. 1 world ranking for a record six consecutive years (from 1993 through 1998).

 

ABOUT JOHN MCENROE:

John McEnroe is an American tennis legend.  John won seven Grand Slam singles titles, was part of five U.S. Davis Cup winning teams, and held the No. 1 world ranking for four straight years between 1981 and 1984. John was also a very accomplished doubles player -- winning nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles and holding the No. 1 ranking in men's doubles for a record 257 weeks.  He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 1999.  John is a popular TV analyst during the Grand Slams and other pro tennis events.

 

ABOUT IVAN LENDL:  Ivan Lendl spent 17 years on the ATP Tour, during which he was ranked as the world's top player from 1985-87 and 1989 and competed in a total of 19 Grand Slam singles finals. His trophy cabinet includes eight Grand Slam titles (two Australian, three French and three US Opens), with Wimbledon the only major to elude him, and in 1980 he led Czechoslovakia to Davis Cup victory before taking American citizenship a few years later.  He left the tour in 1994 with 94 career singles titles, 6 doubles titles, five year-end championships and 270 weeks at No.1 - putting him third on the all-time list behind Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.  He is now the coach for World No. 2 player Andy Murray.

 

ABOUT TOMMY HAAS:  Tommy Haas is a German professional tennis player who has competed on the ATP Tour since 1996 and is currently ranked No. 14 in the world.  Haas broke into the World Top 100 in 1997 and reached a career all-time-high ranking of World No. 2 in May 2002.  Haas has won 14 career titles in singles and doubles, including the Masters tournament in 2001 and a Silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.  In 2012, Haas was honored with the ATP Comeback Player of the Year award - an award that was underscored by his signature win over the world's #1 seeded player, Novak Djokovic, on March 27 at the ATP event in Miami.