CENTER COURT "UNDER THE LIGHTS" TO HIGHLIGHT
THE GREENBRIER TENNIS SHOWCASE


White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. — March 22, 2016: Whether it’s Monday Night Football, NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star Race or the World Series, some of the most magical events in sports take place under the glow of the lights.
 
The Greenbrier will be flipping on the lights at Center Court at Creekside on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. for Center Court "Under the Lights,” an exhibition match between American tennis legends Andy Roddick and The Greenbrier’s own Tennis Pro Emeritus, Pete Sampras.
 
“These are two of the best Americans to ever play the game,” said The Greenbrier owner Jim Justice. “To have them come and play at America's Resort is special, and playing the match under the lights provides something new and different I know tennis fans will love.”
 
The main event will be part of The Greenbrier Tennis Showcase, six days of tennis action that will highlight The Greenbrier’s rich tennis tradition, as well as its exciting future with the sport.
 
Beginning June 2, amateur tennis players from around the region will compete in the Center Court at Creekside Amateur Tennis Tournament. The USTA event, open to men and women, will include singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches at 35, 45 and 55 age divisions. The finals will take place June 5 on Center Court at Creekside, with the awards presented by Sampras.
 
The final event of the week is the Pete Sampras Tennis Clinic, which will provide the opportunity for one-on-one instruction from Sampras, who is widely considered one of the greatest to ever play the game. Only 20 spots will be available for this unique experience which will run June 5-7th.  
 
“I am really excited for this year's Greenbrier Tennis Showcase,” said Sampras, who became The Greenbrier’s first Tennis Pro Emeritus in April of 2014. “This is the first year we are combining clinics, amateur tournaments and a professional match in one weekend. It will be a fantastic event for The Greenbrier.”
 
The showcase “Under the Lights” event will feature a three-set match between Roddick, a former world No. 1, who won 32 career titles including the 2003 U.S. Open, and Sampras, who won 64 career titles, 14 Grand Slam titles and was No. 1 in the world rankings at the end of the year for six consecutive years from 1993 through 1998. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available for purchase at the match.
 
Seating is all reserved, with tickets available at two different price levels. Meet and greet tickets will also be available. They can be purchased in advance at greenbrier.com/centercourt.
 
In the event of rain, the match will be postponed until Sunday, June 5. If rain continues on Sunday, the match will be moved to the indoor courts.
 
Parking will be available at the Train Station and Coal Yard lots beginning at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event. Shuttles will take ticket holders to Center Court at Creekside.
 
The Greenbrier’s tennis history began as early as the 1890s on the lawn in front of the Paradise Row cottages. Since then, The Greenbrier has hosted major competitions over the years, including the Mason-Dixon Championships and a U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. The tennis complex includes five Har-Tru outdoor courts and five recently resurfaced Deco-Turf indoor courts, as well as a pro shop.
 
Center Court at Creekside, a 2,500 seat facility with expansive views of Howard’s Creek, The Old White TPC golf course and the West Virginia mountains opened last summer with an exhibition match between Sampras and Andre Agassi.
 
“We are excited to have two of the greatest American tennis players of all-time, Pete Sampras, our Tennis Pro Emeritus, and Andy Roddick play in the Center Court at Creekside Stadium,” said The Greenbrier Director of Tennis, Terry Deremer. “This will be the fifth year of presenting former tennis champions exhibitions and this will be the first night match in our beautiful new stadium.”
 
For additional information on the matches or for sponsorship information, contact Calley Warman at (304) 536-1110 ext. 7508 or calley_warman@greenbrier.com. Look for more tennis events at The Greenbrier to be announced in the coming months.
 
Media interested in covering this event, contact Cam Huffman at (304) 536-5215 or cam_huffman@greenbrier.com