Monday, June 04, 2007

Crimson players host Tennis Champions Cup legends Courier, McEnroe, Sampras, Todd Martin, Pat Cash and Wayne Ferreira.

Wayne Ferreira, Pat Cash, and Todd Martin...
Tim Mayotte, John McEnroe, and Jim Courier trying out for the squad...
Last month, the Harvard men played host to some of tennis' greatest players, who were in town for the Champions Cup, one of the events on Jim Courier's veterans world tour. The event in Boston at BU's beautiful new Agganis Arena, made national headlines, as it signalled Pete Sampras' first competition since his retirement in 2003.

At Harvard's Murr Center, Chris Clayton got to play a set against McEnroe, freshman Michael Hayes against Todd Martin and fellow Aussie Pat Cash, Gideon Valkin (South Africa) got to play with countryman Wayne Ferreira. Hayes was treated to a lesson by Todd Martin, who literally stayed on an extra half-hour to drill Michael and give him tips on his approach shot. Hayes must have done something right that week, as Pat Cash later worked out with him and then gave him a valuable lesson on his angle volley. Watch out for him now!

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