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Sampras, Martin Headline Inaugural LIVE UNITED Tennis Classic

August 1, 2009 12:30 AM

Atlanta, GA – One of the greatest tennis players of all time, “Pistol Pete” Sampras, and American legend Todd Martin will headline the LIVE UNITED Tennis Classic on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 4 p.m. at the Atlanta Athletic Club located at 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek, Ga.

USTA Southern members can buy pre-sale tickets beginning Saturday, August 1 by visiting www.etix.com or by calling 800.514.etix (3849) and using the following code "SOUTHERN."

Download flyer here.

WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson will serve as the classic's honorary chair, and Murphy Jensen, host of Tennis channel’s Open Access, will serve as host of the event. In addition to the Sampras and Martin men’s singles match, the LIVE UNITED Tennis Classic will also feature local players in an innovative tiebreak shootout format. The format highlights the skills of area juniors, wheelchair athletes and local college players. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

“We are very excited to have Pete and Todd join the LIVE UNITED Tennis Classic and this celebration of tennis in Atlanta,” says Matt Olson, director of USTA Atlanta. “This will be an amazing day of world class tennis and family entertainment. I know that Pete and Todd are excited to come to Atlanta and provide fans with the best in men’s tennis.”

Pete Sampras captured his final grand slam title with his dramatic US Open victory over longtime rival Andre Agassi in 2002. His resume boasts 14 grand slam titles, including seven Wimbledon titles. He was ranked World No. 1 for six consecutive years from 1993 to 1998. In July 2007, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.

Todd Martin was a finalist at the 1999 U.S. Open and the 1994 Australian Open. In 1994, he reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Grand Slam Cup. Every year from 1994 to 2002, Martin played Davis Cup for the United States. He was inducted into the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in May of 2007.

"I look forward to returning to Atlanta to be part of the inaugural LIVE UNITED Tennis Classic. It is an honor to help support an event that in turn helps so many in Atlanta through United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta programs. I know Todd and I both look forward to a great match at the Atlanta Athletic Club," said Sampras.

Pre-sale tickets are available on Saturday, August 1. Please contact your local tennis club or USTA Atlanta for a presale code. Tickets are available to the public beginning Sunday, August 9 online through www.etix.com or by calling 800.514.etix (3849). Ticket prices are $28.50, $38.50 and $48.50.

About United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
For more than a century, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta has continued to mobilize people in our community to help tackle the issues that are too big for anyone to solve alone. What makes United Way unique is how it helps our community work together to make lasting impact on tough community problems that take all of us to solve. United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta invests in the areas of education, income, health and ending chronic homelessness. To find or give help, dial 2-1-1 or visit us online at unitedwayatlanta.org.

About USTA Atlanta
USTA Atlanta is the largest community tennis association in the United States that offers a variety of tennis programs for all ages and ability levels. USTA League Tennis, competitive team play for adults 19 and up, is the largest program with over 42,000 participants in 2008. USTA Atlanta was awarded the USTA Member of the Year in 2007 and the USTA Community Tennis Association of the Year Award in 2005. The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States. USTA Atlanta is located in the USTA Georgia district of USTA Southern.




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