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Pete Sampras wins his first ever game in Greece May 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.

Former world number one Pete Sampras has beaten Wayne Ferreira of South Africa to win his first ever game in Greece, where Sampras’s family is from. It was the first ever trip to Greece by Sampras and he won convincingly, 6-3, 7-6.

Sampras made his senior debut just two weeks ago and and said of the opening Athens Champion Cup game: “It could have gone either way in the second set. … You’d like to see a few more people but … the atmosphere was quite nice.”

The Champions Cup is organised by Jim Courier, and the Athens games mark the first time the Cup has ventured to venues outside the United States.

sampras_in_athens.jpg  Former tennis world No 1 Pete Sampras and his old adversary Jim Courier play below the Acropolis in Athens yesterday to mark the start of the Athens Champions Cup.

The tournament, which runs until Sunday at the Olympic Stadium tennis ground, will feature other veterans such as Pat Cash and Richard Krajicek. It is the first time that Sampras, whose parents are of Greek origin, has visited Greece.

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