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Tim Smyczek Headlines ‘Serves For Summit’ Exhibition on December 7

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(October 31, 2013) Milwaukee, WI – On December 7th, Americans Tim Smyczek, Rhyne Williams, Denis Kudla and Rajeev Ram will take the court at the REX Fieldhouse on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College to help raise money for the Summit Educational Association, which provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for Milwaukee’s inner city students.

Joining the four players on court will be former U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gullikson, a Wisconsin native, who will MC the action. The players will start with two singles sets and conclude with a doubles set, similar to Davis Cup format.

“In 2010 we held a tennis exhibition that was a lot of fun and raised money for Summit,” said Smyczek, ranked 83rd in the world and a Milwaukee native. “With the help of my family, friends and the great tennis fans of Milwaukee we’re hoping to make this event bigger and better so we can make a difference for a lot of kids who rely on the guidance and services Summit offers.”

The weekend’s activities start on Friday night, December 6th, when Summit will host a reception and dinner at the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee.

Tickets for the tennis, dinner, and sponsorship opportunities may be purchased online at www.ServesForSummit.com.

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Sampras, McEnroe, Lendl and Haas to Play in The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic

 

White Sulphur Springs, WV – April 23, 2013: 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

Pete Sampras

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,

Ivan Lendl

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.”

Tommy Haas
Tommy Haas

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.

 

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Almagro Stops Roddick to Win Miami Tennis Cup Exhibition Tournament

(December 2, 2012) No. 11 Nicolas Almagro stopped the recently retired Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday at the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition event held at Crandon Park, the home of the Sony Open.

The win marked the first time Almagro had never take a set off of Roddick. While Roddick was on the pro tour he was 2-0 versus the Spaniard going 4-0 in sets.

“I think it was a really good match, and he’s a very good player,” Almagro said. “I’m really happy with my game, although I think I can do better, but it’s the end of the season, and I’m a little bit tired. I’m happy to be the first champion of the Miami Tennis Cup and I think it’s a fun and enjoyable tournament. I hope to be back next year”

In between the hard-hitting rallies, the players mixed in some “hit and giggle” tennis which entertained the fans.

“I enjoy playing tennis still, and it was never about me not enjoying tennis,” Roddick said after the match. “It was about me not being able to commit to being a professional tennis player.”

“I enjoyed myself and it’s nice for me to come back in a competitive atmosphere. I’ve been happy with how I played and I’m glad they had me here. I think the crowd have enjoyed the tennis they’ve seen.”

So what’s next for the 30-year-old American? No training certainly for Roddick  but more golf. He’s back to full husband duties following his wife model-actress Brooklyn Decker around.

“The tables have turned.”

 

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Roddick Stuns Murray, Almagro Tops Isner in Miami Tennis Cup Semis

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(December 1, 2012) Andy Roddick will face No 11 Nicolas Almagro in the final of the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition event on Sunday.

The recently retired Roddick dismantled No. 3 Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals of the event while Almagro topped the hard-serving John Isner 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL, home of the Sony Open.

“I think I felt a little bit more comfortable than him on the court,” Almagro said regarding Isner after the match.

Roddick dominated Murray from the start of the first set, as Murray seemed sluggish around the court, compared to a grunting and aggressive Roddick. Roddick won the majority of his first service points, which gave him a home-court advantage and Murray couldn’t seem to gain any type of lead with breaking Roddick’s serve. Roddick broke two of Murray’s service games in the first set to take a 6-2 lead. Despite Murray’s attempts to out-rally Roddick, the retired American gave fans a taste of his old baseline perseverance as he dug even deeper in to the second set to take it 6-3.

“If we had gone three sets I would’ve had a full body cramp and it would’ve been awkward for all of you,” said Roddick to the crowd during the match against Murray.

“There’s no comeback.

“Andy (Murray) was nice to me tonight.”

 

Roddick said that he’s happy in retirement but he still enjoys hitting tennis balls. He’s said that he’s put on four pounds, is playing a lot of golf and doesn’t miss the travel.

“I haven’t lost any of the innocent parts of tennis,” Roddick said. “I just do it in front of less people.”

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Roddick leads Almagro 2-0 in career meetings as a pro, with both wins coming on hard courts – one on them on the courts of Crandon Park in the 2010.

 

(MiamiTennisNews.com contributed to this report)

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Isner and Almagro Win on Day One of Miami Tennis Cup

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(November 30, 2012) Miami, FL – Attendance grew on stadium court at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL. on Friday evening, as tennis enthusiasts flocked to see some of the world’s best players perform during the night session on day one of the Miami Tennis Cup.

Alejadro Falla, Colombia’s top-ranked player, took to the court against Spain’s Nicolás Almagro, ranked No. 11 in the world. The first set was closer than expected, as Falla put up a hard fought battle from the baseline, after conceding the first set 6-4, lasting well over an hour. His first set spirit diminished during the second set that lasted only 35 minutes, as Almagro demonstrated why he was eleventh in the world, winning 6-1.

“It was tough because every match against Alejandro is complicated,” said Almagro about the left-handed Falla. “I’m quite happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I’m glad to be in the warmth of Miami for the first year of the Miami Tennis Cup. Hopefully the crowds were treated to an enjoyable game.”

Shortly after the tournament’s opening match, the top-ranked American, John Isner, squared away against the former number one player from Spain, Juan Carlos Ferrero. Fans were treated to a thrilling first set that reached a tie-break, that was easily won by Isner 7-2. The second set was a close fought battle, but Isner stepped-up his game to take the second set 6-3.

“I’ve a pleasing 2012, and this is a nice way to round off the year,” said Isner during his post-match press conference. “I’m happy to be competing in the Miami Tennis Cup. It’s a good crowd with some top players competing. I’m looking forward to seeing Andy Roddick play Andy Murray and hope to meet one of them in Sunday’s final.”

Day two of the Miami Tennis Cup will feature the tournament’s headline match between the retired Andy Roddick and the reigning U.S Open and Olympic Champion, Andy Murray, currently ranked number three in the world. The match on Stadium Court starts at 5:00pm and is expected to draw a capacity crowd.

Photos courtesy of Miami Tennis Cup and Getty Images.

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ESPN3 To Broadcast Miami Tennis Cup Featuring Murray and Roddick

(November 27, 2012) ESPN3 will broadcast live coverage of the inaugural Miami Tennis Cup with 12 hours of action Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2. Six players will participate in the exhibition tournament featuring recently retired Andy Roddick and reigning US Open champion Andy Murray, winner of the Olympic Gold Medal this summer.

 

The first day of action  will see John Inser, the top-ranked American, versus the recently retired Juan Carlos Ferrero and Nicolas Almagro against Alejandro Falla. The winners will meet Roddick and Murray on the second night with that night’s winners meeting for the championship on Sunday.  The event will take place at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, home of  the Sony Open.

 

ESPN3.com Schedule

 

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Fri, Nov 30 7 – 11 p.m. Miami Tennis Cup ESPN3
Sat, Dec 1 5 – 9 p.m. Miami Tennis Cup ESPN3
Sun, Dec 2 5 – 9 p.m. Miami Tennis Cup ESPN3

 

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Andy Murray and Andy Roddick to Headline Miami Tennis Cup

Miami, FL – October 17th, 2012: Argentina’s Group NOS, one of South America’s leading producers of brand-immersive experiences in the sports and entertainment industry, has announced the inaugural Miami Tennis Cup, taking place November 30th through December 2nd, 2012, at the prestigious Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida.

The highly anticipated competition is the first of its kind to launch in the U.S. and receives its inauguration in South Florida, featuring six of today’s top ranked ATP professionals, including an exclusive appearance by U.S. Open Champion and British Olympic Gold Medalist, Andy Murray, and French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, the former world number one player from Spain. The tournament will also be a tribute to the iconic career of Florida resident, Andy Roddick, who will also be participating as part of his homecoming farewell tour. The “Super Six” clash of the titans will play in a double-elimination, round robin tournament format that will also feature ATP heavyweights Nicolás Almagro (ESP), Alejandro Falla (COL) and top ranked American, John Isner. All matches played throughout the three-day tournament will take place on the stadium court at Crandon Park and will be broadcast LIVE by ESPN3. More than 7,000 spectators are expected to attend each day.

The coveted stadium court at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida, home to the annual “Fifth Grand Slam,” will see a unique transformation from the traditional purple and green colors – a complete makeover that will be created especially for the Miami Tennis Cup. Spectators will witness world-ranked players slugging it out on the first ever white stadium court, complete with red lines, painted within a blue area that will surround the court. The first red, white and blue stadium court will be developed purposely for the three-day tournament, to commemorate the emblematic colors of our nation’s flag.

“We are pleased to announce the first annual Miami Tennis Cup, a premium and world class competition featuring today’s most exciting top-ranked players,” said Julian Wortelboer, President and CEO of Group NOS. “We are honored to have not only some of the most iconic tennis professionals competing, but some of the most legendary individuals from the world of sport – including an Olympic Gold medal winner, a U.S. Open champion and a French Open champion. With our introduction of the first ever stadium court in white, our signature colors will make the spectator experience unlike any other and establish Miami Tennis Cup as a must-see event each year on the world tennis calendar.”

The tournament will see all six players competing in a double-elimination tournament format within two round robin groups. Each match will be the best of three sets. The number one seed (Andy Murray) and number two seed (Andy Roddick) will receive an automatic bye in to the semi-final. The remaining four players will be drawn against each other for a place in the semi-final, with the initial matches starting on stadium court at 7:00pm on Friday, November 30th. The first semi-final match will commence on stadium court at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 1st. The emerging winner from Sunday’s final will take the coveted title as the first ever champion of the Miami Tennis Cup, for which a cash prize and trophy will be presented on stadium court by a surprise celebrity legend from the world of tennis.

Daily Match Schedule
Stadium Court, Crandon Park Tennis Center

Friday, November 30th, 2012
7:00pm: John Isner vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero
8:30pm: Nicolás Almagro vs. Alejandro Falla

Saturday, December 1st, 2012
5:00pm: Winner of John Isner vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero to play Andy Murray
6:30pm: Winner of Nicolás Almagro vs. Alejandro Falla to play Andy Roddick

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
5:00pm: Final on Stadium Court
7:00pm: Trophy presentation on Stadium Court

On Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd, a USTA sanctioned 12 and Under tournament will take place, starting at 8:00am until 3:00pm, as part of a weekend-long Family Day series of fun-filled activity, taking place on courts one and two. Parents are invited to register their kids on-site at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

To commemorate the inaugural year of the Miami Tennis Cup, additional events outside Key Biscayne will include an official VIP Dinner, followed by an invitation-only Players Party, taking place in Miami Beach at the Official Hotel for the Miami Tennis Cup, on the evening of Saturday, December 1st.

Tickets for the first annual Miami Tennis Cup, taking place November 30th – December 2nd, at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL., are now available through Ticketmaster starting at $50 (general admission). A three-day pass starts at $118 (300 Level – general admission). Tickets prices may vary and are subject to availability.

Miami Tennis Cup has formed an inaugural partnership with the non-profit charity organization Shake-A-Leg Miami and a portion of all proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Gulliver schools. For further information and for frequent updates on the first annual Miami Tennis Cup, visit www.miamitenniscup.com <http://www.miamitenniscup.com> and www.facebook.com/miami-tennis-cup <http://www.facebook.com/miami-tennis-cup> or follow on Twitter @miamitenniscup. The 2012 Miami Tennis Cup is produced by Group NOS in association with CMN Sports.

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WTT Smash Hits raises a record $1 million as Team Billie Jean beats Team Elton 19-17

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Oct. 16, 2012) — The 20th anniversary edition of Mylan WTT
Smash Hits presented by GEICO, was one for the record books with the event
posting a record $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation with a
portion of those proceeds benefitting the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. The
event, hosted annually by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, has now
raised more the $11.5 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and
awareness programs since the first Smash Hits was held in Los Angeles in
1993.

Team Billie Jean King won the match, besting Team Elton John, 19-17.

Tuesday’s match at the Petersen Event Center on the University of Pittsburgh
campus featured one of the first tennis appearances of Andy Roddick since
announcing his retirement from the sport, and hall of famer Andre Agassi in
men’s singles. Team Elton’s Roddick won the final set of men’s singles over
Agassi, 5-3, to push the match into Overtime. Agassi captured the first
game of Overtime to give Team Billie Jean the win and even the 20-year
series at 10-10.

Sir Elton John kicked the evening off, partnering with Martina Navratilova
to take a 3-2 victory against Agassi and Stefanie Graf in an entertaining
celebrity doubles set.

Women’s singles brought two of the top junior players in the world and saw
Team Elton’s Taylor Townsend post a 5-2 win over the 2012 US Open girls
singles champion Samantha Crawford. In mixed doubles, Roddick paired with
the legendary Martina Navratilova to lead Team Elton to a 5-3 win over
Agassi and Graf.

In women’s doubles, Christina McHale teamed with Crawford and cruised to a
5-0 win over Navratilova and Townsend to bring Team Billie Jean even with
Team Elton 10-10 after three sets. “I am so happy with my team tonight,”
said King following the match. “Girls doubles really turned it around for
us. The young ones got us back in the match.”

King’s squad increased their lead in men’s doubles as Mark Knowles joined
Agassi to pick up a 5-2 win over Roddick and Jan-Michael Gambill.

Earlier in the evening, a silent and live auction raised more than $375,000
of the night’s total. The top auction item of the night went for $200,000
when two bidders paid $100,000 each for a package that included tickets to
Sir Elton John’s “The Million Dollar Piano” show at Caesar’s Palace in Las
Vegas and dinner with Elton and Billie Jean King. A hitting session with
Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf in Las Vegas sold for $55,000. Other auction
items were a 2013 Super Bowl Package with a dinner hosted by NFL legend
Franco Harris, an Elton John-signed piano bench, a hitting session with
Martina Navratilova, and Wimbledon and US Open packages.

For more information on Mylan WTT Smash Hits, visit www.WTTSmashHits.com.

Final Results – Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO at Petersen Events
Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
PRO-CELEB MATCH (didn’t count towards final match score): Elton John /
Martina Navratilova def. Andre Agassi / Stefanie Graf, 3-2
Coaches for the pro-celeb match were Anna Kournikova (Elton/Martina) and
Franco Harris (Andre/Stefanie)

Team Billie Jean def. Team Elton 19-17 (1-0 Overtime)
Mixed Doubles: Andy Roddick / Martina Navratilova (Team Elton) def. Andre
Agassi / Stefanie Graf (Team Billie Jean) 5-3

Women’s Singles: Taylor Townsend (Team Elton) def. Samantha Crawford (Team
Billie Jean) 5-2

Women’s Doubles: Christina McHale /Samantha Crawford (Team Billie Jean) def.
Martina Navratilova / Taylor Townsend (Team Elton) 5-0

Men’s Doubles: Andre Agassi / Mark Knowles (Team Billie Jean) def. Andy
Roddick / Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Elton) 5-2

Men’s Singles: Andy Roddick (Team Elton) def. Andre Agassi (Team Billie
Jean) 5-3

Overtime:
Andre Agassi (Team Billie Jean) def. Andy Roddick (Team Elton) 1-0

TEAM ELTON:
Elton John, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Taylor Townsend, Jan-Michael
Gambill.
Co-captain: Anna Kournikova.

TEAM BILLIE JEAN:
Billie Jean King, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Mark Knowles, Christina
McHale, Samantha Crawford.
Co-captain: Franco Harris

All photos by Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA

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Del Potro, Hewitt, Nishikori, Baghdatis to Play AAMI Classic

(October 17, 2012) Next January, the Kooyong tennis event now known as the AAMI Classic celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Tournament Director, Colin Stubs, today announced the first four of his eight-man field:

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO  – 2009 US Open winner

LLEYTON HEWITTformer World No. 1 and 2011 AAMI Classic winner

KEI NISHIKORI – recent Japan Open winner

MARCOS BAGHDATIS  – 2006 Australian Open finalist.

 

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO has a career high ranking of 4 and 11 titles to his name, two achieved earlier this year in Estoril and Marseille. He also won Olympic Bronze in London and was a finalist in Rotterdam, semi-finalist in Dubai, Cincinnati Masters, Madrid Masters and quarter-finalist in Sydney and Indian Wells Masters, as well as Australian, French and US Opens. The 24 year old is no stranger to adversity, having returned from a right wrist operation in May 2010 to win the ATP “Comeback Player of the Year” award in 2011, when he rose from a ranking of 485 to 11. That grit and determination saw him break back into the top ten again in May this year, after a brief stint at no. 9 in March. He appeared at Kooyong in 2010, but withdrew after his first match because of the wrist injury.

 

LLEYTON HEWITT returns to Kooyong after winning the event in 2011. The father of 3 won his first tournament in 1998 in home-town Adelaide and went on to amass 28 career titles, including Wimbledon and the US Open. This year he got to the final in Newport, losing to American No. 1 John Isner. He is feared, fearless and thought to be one of the greatest competitors the sport has ever seen. His Australian Davis Cup performances are legendary.

 

KEI NISHIKORI, who at 22 is the highest-ranked Japanese male in the Open era, reached a best ever ranking of 15 earlier this month when he clinched his second title by winning his home event in Tokyo. The tee-totaller amused his adoring fans at the trophy presentation (which included a sponsor’s bonus) by saying “I don’t know what I’m going to do with a year’s worth of Corona beer – I don’t even like beer”. He made the semis in Kuala Lumpur and quarters at the Australian Open, Newport, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and the London Olympics this year. The quietly spoken Japanese, who shows great determination and tenacity on the court, used those qualities to help his country raise $100,000 in aid after the 2011 tsunami.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS, Australia’s favourite Cypriot, obviously enjoys his Kooyong preparation as he is returning for the fourth time. The 27 year old, who recently married WTA player, Karolina Sprem, won Australian hearts when he unexpectedly reached the 2006 Australian Open final. He has had a recent surge of form, having got to the semi-finals in Tokyo, where he lost to eventual winner Nishikori. He showed great fighting spirit to make the third round in Shanghai last week, after a sensational three set tie-break win over Canadian Milos Raonic in the second round. Other 2012 results include semi-finals in Sydney, Zagreb and Tokyo, as well as quarter-finals in Brisbane and Munich. Kooyong fans will be hoping for a Baghdatis v Hewitt re-match after their epic encounter during the 2008 Australian Open which ended at 4.34 am, becoming the latest match on record.

 

Stubs is pleased with his first four signings: “We are delighted with our player commitments thus far and look forward to celebrating our 25th Anniversary by staging a sensational event, jam-packed with great tennis, great entertainment and initiatives such as ‘Kids Day’ on the Friday” he said.

 

More announcements will be made shortly regarding player signings and movements.

 

Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster – 136100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au.

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