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    Exhibitions

    We have a board for Challengers so I though maybe we'd start one for exo's and see how it goes. Here's one that will get your attention.



    01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, April 8, 2007



    The last time we saw him at a tournament, he was clearing a railing at the National Tennis Center, making his way through a crowd of cheering admirers and hugging his wife.

    That was at the 2002 U.S. Open.

    In 3½ weeks, Pete Sampras will return to tournament tennis when he plays the former Australian Open champion Petr Korda at the Champions Cup in Boston. Show time at Boston University’s Agganis Arena will be May 3 at 8:30 because John McEnroe and Pat Cash will lead off the night’s program at 7.

    This will probably be one of the few times in his career that McEnroe will be upstaged.

    The Champions Cup is part of Jim Courier’s Outback Champions Series, a six-city tour featuring former Grand Slam champions and finalists, Davis Cup champions and players formerly ranked in the Top 5 on the ATP Tour. Wayne Ferreira won the first tournament of 2007 at Naples, Fla., last month. The Champions Cup May 2-6 is the next stop, and the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport Aug. 22-26 the third. Fall tournaments are scheduled for Charlotte in September, Dallas in October and Houston in November.

    Sampras has committed to Charlotte as well as to Boston.

    The Outback Champions Series is a round-robin format, so tennis fans will have more than one opportunity to see Sampras next month. He is scheduled to play Mats Wilander May 4 at 7:30 and McEnroe May 5 after Cash and Jimmy Arias meet at 7:30. Depending on his results in his three matches, he could return on May 6 for the third-place or championship match.

    The Boston field also includes Todd Martin and Courier.

    After beating Andre Agassi in the 2002 U.S. Open final, Sampras retired from tennis and the limelight he tried so hard to avoid during his career. He returned last year to play several exhibitions and World Team Tennis.

    Sampras, winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July and has shown no interest at this point in returning in August for the Gibson Cup. McEnroe, Courier and Wilander, each a Hall of Famer, have agreed to play in Newport.

    MARDY FISH, the ATP’s 2006 Comeback Player of the Year, has entered the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships July 9-15 in Newport for the sixth time in his career.

    Fish had two operations on his left wrist in 2005, and his ranking plummeted to below No. 300 in the world. He played his way back to the Top 50 last year and finished the season at No. 47. He reached the quarterfinals at three tournaments, Newport among them, and won his second career title at Houston.

    This year, he has reached the quarterfinal at the Australian Open, his best finish in a Grand Slam tournament, and San Jose and the semifinals at Aukland and Memphis. He was ranked No. 22 last week.

    Fish is a three-time quarterfinalist on the Hall of Fame grass.

    For ticket information, contact the Hall of Fame at tennisfame.com or at 866-914-FAME. The July 14 session featuring the semifinals and the induction of Sampras, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sven Davidson and Russ Adams is sold out.

    mszostak@projo.com

    Sorry to post the entire article but this is from the Providence Rhode Island Journal and apparently you have to subscribe.



    Rafa and Nalby will play each other at another exo, the
    Torneo Illes Balears April 11-12.
    Here's the link. It's in Spanish but I think you get the drift. I think this is the first time Rafa and Nalbandian will play each other ever.

    http://www.mallorcadiario.com/index....3364&Itemid=33
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    Re: Exhibitions

    Is the Outback series considered an exho?

    I thought it was sort of a shadow champions tour





    It's weird Nalbandian and Nadal have never met. Rafa will probably win this one, since it's in Mallorca, but I actually think Nalbandian would beat him in a tour meeting. There will also be a Moya-Davydenko match (which is why Carlos was pictured)


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    I'm sure no one is surprised that Rafa won over Fat Dave Dahveed 7-6(6) and 6-2. Moya defeated Davydenko 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(1).
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    Liverpool June 12-17

    Bjorn Borg will play against Pat Cash in an exho that will also feature Rusedski, David Ferrer of Spain along with Vince "Vinnay" Spadea and Robert Kendrick.

    More information
    http://www.liverpooltennis.co.uk/tou...asp?article=34

    http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennis...&bannerregion=
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    Re: Exhibitions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Liverpool June 12-17

    Bjorn Borg will play against Pat Cash in an exho that will also feature Rusedski, David Ferrer of Spain along with Vince "Vinnay" Spadea and Robert Kendrick.

    More information
    http://www.liverpooltennis.co.uk/tou...asp?article=34

    http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennis...&bannerregion=


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    Re: Exhibitions

    Bruguera will play Wilander in an exho match in Valencia, today, as I understand. (it had no date just said Thursday, and it's not in today's order of play, but why would they wait till after the tourney). He substituted for Vilas, who injured his hand and did not come.

    http://www.open-comunidad-valenciana...7/bruguera.asp


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    Guess who won?

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    Re: Exhibitions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Guess who won?


    I don't see any biting.

    The Bruguera-Wilander Exho was canceled due to weather


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    Like most people I thught this was an April Fool's joke but apparently it's quite serious. Rafa and Roger are going to play an exhibition on May 2 in Palma, Mallorca. The court will be half grass and half clay. I kid you not. Here's a picture of the court being constructed which appeared in the Spanish press.



    Article in the original Spanish.
    http://www.ultimahora.es/segunda.dba?-1+9+395931

    Basically it's saying they're building the court. The builder of the clay side isn't having any problems since the contractor is the same guy that makes the Davis Cup surface for Spain. The grass side is of more concern since there is little time for it to take.

    El lado de la tierra batida no tiene ningún secreto para el constructor mallorquín ya que es el responsable de hacer las pistas de Copa Davis cuando España actúa como local, y lo único que preocupa es el lado de la hierba, especialmente por el poco margen de tiempo que tienen.
    To quote that famous poet L'il Kim, "it's all about the Benjamins baby"
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    Re: Exhibitions

    Maybe that ice rink surface court isn't that far away


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    Half grass and half clay. It should be interesting.

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    Re: Exhibitions

    Didn't want to start a new thread, this kind of fits here. Note it was actually called "Baghdatis & Friends"


    Baghdatis & Friends Play for Charity in Cyprus


    Marcos Baghdatis thrilled his home country fans last week as he joined forces with other ATP players and local tennis stars in the first ever tennis charity exhibition held in Cyprus.

    More than 2,000 spectators turned out for the event, held at the National Tennis Centre in Nicosia, to see their hero in action alongside Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro and Marc Gicquel, his brother Petros and Cypriot No. 2 Fotos Kallias. Miss Star Cyprus 2006 also attended the charity benefit.


    Following the match, a "Marcos card" prize raffle was held with a lucky fan winning a trip for four to watch Baghdatis play at Roland Garros.


    The exhibition was organized in collaboration with his sponsor, the "Société Générale" of Cyprus, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.


    All net proceeds from the event were donated to the development of the youth tennis talent in Cyprus and to the Cyprus Society Against Osteoporosis and Myoskeletal Diseases.

    http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/news/news4.asp


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    Re: Exhibitions

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    Didn't want to start a new thread, this kind of fits here. Note it was actually called "Baghdatis & Friends"


    Baghdatis & Friends Play for Charity in Cyprus


    Marcos Baghdatis thrilled his home country fans last week as he joined forces with other ATP players and local tennis stars in the first ever tennis charity exhibition held in Cyprus.

    More than 2,000 spectators turned out for the event, held at the National Tennis Centre in Nicosia, to see their hero in action alongside Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro and Marc Gicquel, his brother Petros and Cypriot No. 2 Fotos Kallias. Miss Star Cyprus 2006 also attended the charity benefit.


    Following the match, a "Marcos card" prize raffle was held with a lucky fan winning a trip for four to watch Baghdatis play at Roland Garros.


    The exhibition was organized in collaboration with his sponsor, the "Société Générale" of Cyprus, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.


    All net proceeds from the event were donated to the development of the youth tennis talent in Cyprus and to the Cyprus Society Against Osteoporosis and Myoskeletal Diseases.

    http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/news/news4.asp
    bea, when did you have time to fit this into your busy tennis-writing schedule?

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    Re: Exhibitions

    getting back to "The Battle Of The Surface" - Federer vs. Nadal, half grass, half clay-

    here's the official website for the event:
    http://www.thebattleofsurfaces.com/

    this looks like it is gonna be fun.
    With Lucas Pouille at Indian Wells (2018)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    getting back to "The Battle Of The Surface" - Federer vs. Nadal, half grass, half clay-

    here's the official website for the event:
    http://www.thebattleofsurfaces.com/

    this looks like it is gonna be fun.
    I wonder what was being smoked, inbibed or inhaled when the promoters came up with this one. Somewhere somebody is laughing their head off.

    I'm still waiting for someone to yell "April Fool".
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