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Sampras Returns to the Court April 6 vs. Robby Ginepri Only on USTA.com

April 5, 2006 09:23 AM

Live Internet Broadcast Begins at 8:15pm ET

First Competitive Match for Sampras Since Winning the 2002 US Open

Live Internet Broadcast begins with Exclusive Pre-Match Player Interviews

The USTA has announced that it will provide an unprecedented live internet broadcast of Pete Sampras’ return to the court, exclusively on USTA.com. As this match will not be available on television, USTA.com will be the only outlet for fans to see Sampras back in action. Sampras squares off against fellow American Robby Ginepri, on Thursday, April 6, beginning at 8:15pm ET in an exhibition at the River Oaks International in Houston, TX.

The live internet broadcast will begin with pre-match interviews with both players starting at 8:15 ET/5:15 PT. Match play begins at 8:30pm ET/5:30 PT.

“I’m looking forward to playing Robby on April 6 at River Oaks, where I have fond memories of playing early in my career,” said Pete Sampras. “Many thanks to the USTA for working with us to broadcast the match online so fans around the world can enjoy the action.”

The live internet broadcast will include the 14-time Grand Slam champion’s complete match against 2005 US Open Semifinalist and in-depth interviews with both players. USTA.com will also make the match available immediately following the live viewing.

“This will be the first time that a high profile American tennis match will be available live and exclusively on the Web,” said Jeffrey Volk, Director of Advanced Media, USTA. “We want to bring the game of tennis closer to our fans, and seeing the legendary Pete Sampras in his first match since winning the 2002 US Open helps us achieve that objective.”

The USTA is working in partnership with IMG Media to produce this live internet broadcast which will feature multiple cameras and a full production team. IMG Media has been a technical and hosting partner of the USTA since 2002.

More information can be found on USTA.com and in conjunction with the River Oaks International, www.RiverOaksInternational.com.




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