2014 Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic

Tennis has been a popular amenity at The Greenbrier since the 1890s when the game was played on the North Lawn. The Greenbrier is excited to be continually adding to our long history of showcasing world class tennis. This year, the 2014 Champions Tennis Classic will span two days and include three marquee matches between four tennis legends. Returning to the court will be Pete Sampras (The Greenbrier's Tennis Pro Emeritus) and John McEnroe joined by Andy Roddick who will be playing at The Greenbrier for the first time! The Greenbrier also welcomes rising pro tennis star Ryan Harrison to this year's event. Harrison will replace Tommy Haas, who has had to withdraw due to a recent shoulder injury.


Third Annual Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic

Held Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21, 2014

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The Greenbrier's Tennis Pro Emeritus


PETE SAMPRAS joined the professional tour at the age of 16 in 1988 and won his first pro tournament on February 12, 1990 in Philadelphia. In 1990, he won his first US Open becoming the youngest champion at the age of 19 years and 28 days. He reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career on April 12, 1993. Pete went on to win 14 Grand Slam titles (including 5 US Open and 7 Wimbledon singles titles) and held the year-end No. 1 world ranking for a record 6 consecutive years (from 1993 through 1998). In the last official tennis match of his illustrious career, Sampras defeated rival Andre Agassi in the final of the 2002 US Open. Pete was then inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2007 and in April 2014 was appointed The Greenbrier’s first-ever Tennis Pro Emeritus.
 
John-McEnroe.jpgJOHN MCENROE is an American tennis legend. As an 18 year old, in 1977, McEnroe reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and then in 1978 he led the United States team to their first Davis Cup Championship in five years. During that same year McEnroe turned professional and in 1984 he achieved the best single year winning percentage on the ATP professional tour (winning 13 of 15 tournaments and an 82-3 record for the year—a record that still stands today). John won seven Grand Slam singles titles (4 US Opens and 3 Wimbledon singles titles), was part of five US Davis Cup championship teams, and held the No. 1 world singles ranking for four straight years between 1981-1984. John also is considered to be one of the greatest doubles players of all time having won nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles and holding the No. 1 ranking in men’s doubles for a record 257 weeks. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999, taking his place among the immortals of the sport. John has established himself as the world’s most renowned tennis commentator and analyst, working for ESPN, NBC, CBS, and the BBC at the Grand Slam tournaments. When John is not traveling the world on business, he spends his time working with kids at his New York City John McEnroe Tennis Academy, located at Randall’s Island.
 
Andy-Roddick.jpgANDY RODDICK is a retired champion tennis player who, in 1999-2000, was the No. 1 Junior in the US, and by 2000, had cracked the World rankings at No. 1. He went on to win six world junior singles titles, and seven world doubles titles. In 2000, Andy also won the Junior US Open, and Australian Open singles titles. That same year, Andy went pro. By 2003, Andy had captured the US Open title, won his first-ever Grand Slam single title, and was ranked No. 1 in the world. Also in 2003, Roddick became the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year. For much of the next decade, Andy was ranked in the top 10. Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. Andy played in 43 Davis Cup matches, and in 2007 led the United States to victory at Portland, Oregon. In 2012, 30-year-old Roddick announced his retirement. 
 
Ryan-Harrison.jpgRYAN HARRISON, the son of a tennis coach, is a 22-year-old all-court player whose serve and forehand are his strengths. Harrison, who began playing tennis at the age of two and turned pro in 2007, reached a career-high No. 7 in world junior ranking in April 2008 and in that same year advanced to semi-finals at the Australian Open juniors. In July 2011, Harrison won his first ATP doubles title on the grass of Newport, R.I., partnering Matthew Ebden. Harrison reached successive ATP singles semifinals in Atlanta and Los Angeles, becoming the first American teenager since Andy Roddick in 2002 to reach back-to-back ATP semifinals. In February, 2012, Harrison made his Davis Cup debut winning a dead rubber in the USA’s sweep of a Roger Federer-led Swiss squad. Harrison has trained at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas and the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.