America's Resort announces return of the popular Tennis Classic with returning champions and brand-new star, September 20-21, 2014
White Sulphur Springs, WV (June 5, 2014) - 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, September 20-21, 2014, at The Greenbrier Tennis Center. The third annual exhibition tournament will feature Tennis Hall of Fame legends Pete Sampras and John McEnroe, who will compete for their third straight year, alongside Tommy Haas, returning for his second visit, and for the first time ever at The Greenbrier, the former world #1 and US Open champion, Andy Roddick.
Building on the overwhelming success of The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic since its debut in 2012, The Greenbrier has significantly expanded its annual tennis tournament, which now spans two days and will include three marquee matches between these four tennis legends, along with a Pro-Am. The 2014 Classic will feature two singles matches and one doubles match between four of the greatest living tennis stars in the world, who, all together, hold 22 career Grand Slam men's singles titles and nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles.
The 2014 Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic will kick off on Saturday, September 20th with tennis legend John McEnroe squaring off against current tour player Tommy Haas (ranked #17 in the world), who beat Pete Sampras last year in their marquee singles match. And following that match, Sampras, who was recently named The Greenbrier's first-ever Tennis Pro Emeritus, will take on American tennis star Andy Roddick, in his first-ever appearance at The Greenbrier. Then, on Sunday, September 21st, the "veterans," McEnroe and Sampras, will compete against the "young guns," Haas and Roddick, in an exciting doubles face-off.
"We are so excited to welcome Pete, John and Tommy back to The Greenbrier to continue the legacy of tennis at the resort, which dates back to the 1890s, for a new generation of guests and fans," says Jim Justice, Chairman and Owner of The Greenbrier. "Year after year, we've been thrilled to introduce new star players to our Champions Tennis Classic-and the addition of Andy Roddick to this year's roster is bound to bring it to a whole new level!"
"I'm really looking forward to my return trip to The Greenbrier this fall for the Tennis Classic, now in its third year," says Pete Sampras, The Greenbrier's Tennis Pro Emeritus. "John and I always have a great time during the tournament and we're thrilled that Tommy will be able to join us once again alongside our 'new challenger' Andy Roddick."
"I'm very excited to once again be part of The Greenbrier's Champions Tennis Classic!" says Tommy Haas. "Anytime there is an event like this where I get to play against my idols is an incredible experience. Hopefully, I'll be able to bring my family this time and get to experience the whole resort."
"It's really great to see The Greenbrier continue this tournament," says John McEnroe. "It's a beautiful resort and my wife Patty and I have a great time every time we stay there. Pete and I are especially looking forward to the doubles match this year with our newest challenger, Andy Roddick, teamed up with Tommy Haas."
"I'm excited to visit The Greenbrier for the first time in September to play some tennis," says Andy Roddick. "It's a great opportunity to stay connected with the fans and I'm looking forward to playing Pete, who was always an idol of mine."
Tickets for matches taking place on Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, are available for purchase now starting at $100 per seat. A limited number of tickets for "Meet & Greet" sessions with the players are also available for $25 per session. For more information about The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://greenbrier.com/tennisclassic or call (888) 302-5441. For information about various sponsorship packages, please call 304-536-5318. For accommodations at The Greenbrier, please call 855-239-7531 (option 4).
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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 more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: five 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 world-renowned 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, FedExCup 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 and won his first pro tournament on February 12, 1990 in Philadelphia. In 1990, he won his first US Open, becoming the youngest champion at the age of 19 years and 28 days. He 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 five US Open and seven Wimbledon singles titles) and held the year-end No. 1 world ranking for a record six consecutive years (from 1993 through 1998). In the last official tennis match of his illustrious career, Sampras defeated rival Andre Agassi in the final of the 2002 US Open. Pete was then inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2007 and in April 2014 was appointed The Greenbrier's first-ever Tennis Pro Emeritus.
ABOUT JOHN MCENROE:
John McEnroe is an American tennis legend. As an 18 year old, in 1977, McEnroe reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and then in 1978 he led the United States team to their first Davis Cup Championship in five years. During that same year McEnroe turned professional and in 1984 he achieved the best single year winning percentage on the ATP professional tour (winning 13 of 15 tournaments and an 82-3 record for the year-a record that still stands today). John won seven Grand Slam singles titles (4 US Opens and 3 Wimbledon singles titles), was part of five US Davis Cup championship teams, and held the No 1 world singles ranking for four straight years between 1981-1984. John also is considered to be one of the greatest doubles players of all time having won 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 1999, taking his place among the immortals of the sport. John has established himself as the world's most renowned tennis commentator and analyst, working for ESPN, NBC, CBS, and the BBC at the Grand Slam tournaments. When John is not traveling the world on business, he spends his time working with kids at his New York City John McEnroe Tennis Academy, located at Randall's Island.
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. 17 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 16 career titles in singles and doubles, including the Masters tournament in 2001 and was an Olympic Silver Medalist in Sydney, Australia 2000. In 2012, Haas was honored with the ATP Comeback Player of the Year award for a second time - an award that was underscored by his signature win over the world's #1 seeded player, Novak Djokovic, on March 27, 2013 at the ATP event in Miami. Tommy continues to produce impressive results in 2014 highlighted by his victory over world #3 Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2014 Italian Open in May.
ABOUT ANDY RODDICK:
Andy Roddick is a retired champion tennis player who, in 1999-2000, was the No. 1 Junior in the US, and by 2000, had cracked the World rankings at No. 1. He went on to win six world junior singles titles, and seven world doubles titles. In 2000, Andy also won the Junior US Open, and Australian Open singles titles. That same year, Andy went pro. By 2003, Andy had captured the US Open title, won his first-ever Grand Slam single title, and was ranked No. 1 in the world. Also in 2003, Roddick became the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year. For much of the next decade, Andy was ranked in the top 10. Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. Andy played in 43 Davis Cup matches, and in 2007 led the United States to victory at Portland, Oregon. In 2012, 30-year-old Roddick announced his retirement.