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Atlanta Tennis Stars To Open FedEx Shootout- Pete Sampras And Robby Ginepri Headline Event

November 28, 2006 09:06 AM

Fourteen time Grand Slam Champion Pete Sampras and ATP Tour star Robby Ginepri will headline the FedEx Tennis Shootout presented by PGA TOUR Superstores on Saturday, December 9th at 7 PM in the Convocation Center at Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road in Kennesaw.

The FedEx Tennis Shootout will also feature local players in an innovative tiebreak shootout format. "This event is a celebration of tennis in Atlanta. We will highlight several levels of the sport and the tiebreak shootout is a fast and fun way to give fans a taste of Atlanta's great tennis tradition," says Wayne Bryan, event master of ceremonies.

Several of Atlanta's top tennis stars will face off in a tiebreak shootout. The event will open with a junior "Battle of the Sexes" between 10-year-olds Jess Jones and Nikita Kardivar vs. Andiek Daniel and Hannah King. The second tiebreaker will feature an "up-down" shootout highlighting the skill of wheelchair athletes Harlon Matthews, former USTA Georgia Wheelchair Player of the Year who is now ranked #13 in nation, Karin Korb, an international tennis success who is currently ranked #2 in the nation, and USTA Georgia Board of Director Sam Crenshaw of WXIA-TV (NBC).

Then perhaps the most entertaining and anticipated shootout will be the adult "Battle of the Sexes" featuring 2006 USTA Women's Open Division National Champions Rebecca Jensen and Angela Lettiere as they battle John Hanna, editor of ALTA Net News and Matt Grayson, president of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association (GPTA). The final tiebreaker will feature two of the top NCAA Division I doubles teams from University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.

"This is going to be a night of world class tennis and family entertainment," says Tim Stallard, event director. He adds, "We will recognize ALTA sportsmanship award winners as part of the opening coin toss prior to the BIG match between Sampras and Ginepri.” The KSU's arena holds less than 4,000 seats and Stallard says the event is almost sold out. He says, “The atmosphere and energy in the arena is going to be off the charts."

Sampras retired from the ATP Tour following his dramatic US Open victory over long time rival Andrea Agassi in 2002. His resume boasts 14 grand slam titles, including seven Wimbledon titles. He was ranked No. 1 for six consecutive years from 1993-1998.

Georgia's own Ginepri staked his claim as one of the top players in the world last year when he defeated Andy Roddick and Taylor Dent to win the US Open Series in Indianapolis. Just two weeks later, Ginepri reached the semifinals of the US Open. He defeated Sampras in April of this year in Houston, Texas as part of the River Oaks International Championship.

Tickets are available online through www.etix.com or by calling 1-888-202-3849 or919-653-0444. Ticket prices are $26.50, $45.50 and $75.50.




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