Memphis Plays Host to Stanford Championships in October

June 9, 2006 09:24 AM

The Racquet Club of Memphis will play host to the Stanford Championships October 4-8, 2006. The Stanford Championships are part of the Outback Champions Series, which consists of tournaments played in select markets where tennis legends compete in a highly competitive, fan friendly, round-robin format with a champion crowned on the last day of each four day event.

Legendary players John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Aaron Krickstein, Mikael Pernfors will be joined by two other players to be announced at a later date for a battle in the bluff city. Both McEnroe and Wilander are seven-time Grand Slam Champions while Courier was a dominant force on the men’s professional tennis circuit in the early 1990’s, capturing four Grand Slam titles and most recently in 2004 the Delta Champions Tour title. Pat Cash is a former Wimbledon champion, while Krickstein spent five years in the world’s top 10 and was the youngest player to win on Tour at age 16 and was the youngest to reach the world Top 10 at age 17. Former University of Georgia standout Pernfors became the only player in the history of NCAA tennis to win back-to-back NCAA singles championships in 1984 and 1985.

The Outback Champions Series was created by Courier’s New York-based company InsideOut Sports and Entertainment to showcase former elite pros age 30-and-over. To be eligible, players must have been former Grand Slam finalists or former top five in the world or singles winners for a Davis Cup champion. This event is the first of four that will launch the Champions Cup Series. Other host cities include Boston, MA, Houston, TX, and Naples, FL.

For more information, please visit the official tournament website at