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  MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS RETURNS TO TENNIS AT THE STANFORD CHAMPIONSHIPS
9.4.07  
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“Age of Love” Reality TV Star and Former Wimbledon and US Open Finalist to Make Outback Champions Series Debut In Dallas Oct. 17-21

NEW YORK, September 4, 2007 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that 2003 Wimbledon finalist and “Age of Love” reality TV star Mark Philippoussis will join the field of champions and make his Outback Champions Series debut at the Stanford Championships to be played October 17-21 at the Dr. Pepper Center in Dallas, Texas. The Stanford Championships will be the sixth of seven events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events around the world featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30.

Philippoussis will join a strong field in Dallas that also includes Hall of Famers Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander.

Philippoussis will be making his return to competitive tennis after undergoing knee surgery in January. The Melbourne, Australia native achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8 and was a finalist at Wimbledon in 2003, losing to Roger Federer, and at the US Open in 1998, losing to Patrick Rafter. Nick-named “Scud” because of his rocket-like serve, Philippoussis led Australia to the Davis Cup title in 1999 and 2003, winning title-clinching matches in both finals. He owns 11 ATP singles titles, including the title in Newport last summer. Philippoussis has not played since he tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee at the Hopman Cup in January. During his hiatus from tennis earlier this year, he starred on the NBC TV Reality Show ‘Age of Love’

“It is going to be a special day for me when I finally step back on the court to play competitive tennis again in Dallas in my debut event on the Outback Champions Series,” said Philippoussis. “It’s been quite an adventurous year so far for me and I’m thrilled that it will now feature me playing tennis against some of the greatest names in tennis history.”

“We are excited that Mark chose Dallas and the Stanford Championships as the site for his comeback event,” said Jon Venison, co-founder of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and the Outback Champions Series. “Mark is a resilient competitor who hits one of the hardest serves and forehands in the sport. He is an immensely popular figure – and not just among women in their 20s and 40s as witnessed from his recent network TV appearance.”

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 214-467-8277. More information is available by visiting www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

The Stanford Championships will feature an eight-man round-robin match format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. Each Outback Champions Series event features $142,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $50,000 as well as ranking points that will determine the year-end champion.

The 2007 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 7-11 in Naples, Fla.., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where Wayne Ferreira of South Africa defeated Aaron Krickstein in the final. Pete Sampras returned to tournament tennis for the first time since the 2002 US Open at the Champions Cup - Boston and won the title, defeating Todd Martin in the final. Sampras also won the third event on the 2007 Outback Champions Series, the Champions Cup – Athens, in his first ever visit to Greece, the homeland of his father Sam and mother Georgia. Todd Martin won the latest event at the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup in Newport, R.I., defeating John McEnroe in the final. The next three events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series calendar are stops in Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Texas and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

After four events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series, Martin leads the point standings with 2000 points, followed by Sampras with 1600 points and McEnroe with 1400 points. In 2006, Courier finished the year as the Champions Series year-end points champion with tournament victories in Naples and Charlotte and third-place finishes in both Boston and Houston. McEnroe finished in second place in the 2006 year-end point standings, led by a runner-up finish in Boston and a third-place finish in Naples. Martin finished in third place in the 2006 points standings, with the tournament triumph in Boston being his best result.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features seven events where champion tennis players continue to exercise their competitive instincts in tournament formats that feature prize money and Champions Series ranking points that determine a year-end No. 1 player. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have either reached a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team. Each event also has the right to choose a “wild card” entrant.

InsideOut Sports & Entertainment is a New York City-based independent producer of proprietary events and promotions founded in 2004 by former world No. 1 and Hall of Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. In 2006, InsideOut launched its signature property, the Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events including one-night "Legendary Night" exhibitions as well as charity events and tennis fantasy camps, including the annual Ultimate Fantasy Camp. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutlive.com. or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com
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