STANFORD, CA (www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com) - For over 40
years the Bank of the West Classic has brought the best
women's players in the world to the Bay area. This year, in
addition to seeing the likes of Serena Williams, Marian
Bartoli and Jelena Jankovic, fans will also be able to see
three of the greatest men's players in tennis history.
On the evenings of July 11th-13th, tennis greats Pete
Sampras, Jim Courier, and Michael Chang will relive old
rivalries and friendships in a series of exhibition matches
during the 2012 Bank of the West Classic.
For those people looking for a once in a lifetime
experience, the Bank of the West Classic, taking place July
9th- 15th at the Taube Family Stadium at Stanford
University, is offering special meet and greet
opportunities with these tennis legends. With options
for private and semi-private group experiences, these
packages are a great opportunity for fans to meet their
favorite players of the past.
The two options available include a "private" hospitality
space for 50 guests, or a "semi-private" space for 25
guests. Each package includes, tickets to the evening
session located in a prime location, a player visit which
includes a Q&A and autograph/photo session, parking passes
in premier lots, and an open bar serving beer and wine.
Sampras, Courier, and Chang were part of an era in which
young American stars dominated the game of the
tennis. And for many years, these three men were
rivals on the ATP circuit, constantly competing for singles
titles and championships.
Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, currently holds the
record for the number of year-end word No. 1 rankings with
six. He is most known for dominating the grass court,
holding the record for most number of championships at
Wimbledon with seven.
Courier is also a former world No. 1 with four Grand Slam
titles, two each at the French and Australian Opens.
He also holds the record for the youngest player ever to
reach the finals of all four major Grand Slam events,
achieving this by the age of 22.
In addition, Michael Chang is the youngest-ever male
singles player to win a Grand Slam title, winning the
French Open in 1989 at the age of 17. He also became
the youngest player to be ranked in the Top 5 and won 34
singles titles throughout his career.
The schedule of the 2012 Bank of the West Classic
exhibitions matches is as follows:
Wednesday July 11th, Sampras vs Chang, 7:00 pm
Thursday July 12th, Sampras vs Courier, 7:00 pm
Friday July 13th, Courier vs Chang, NB 8:00 pm
For pricing details and to order tickets please visit www.BankoftheWestClassic.com.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West
Classic is one of the oldest women-only professional tennis
tournaments in the world and is the first stop of the
Emirates Airline US Open Series. A WTA Premier event, the
Bank of the West Classic features a 28-player singles draw
and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of
$700,000. Held on Stanford University's campus at the Taube
Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include:
Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea
Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and
Venus Williams. The Bank of the West Classic is owned and
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