“Countrywide Classic” at UCLA has Roddick & Legend Players to the Tennis Tourney (Auguust 4-10,08)

Countrywide Classic

COUNTRYWIDE CLASSIC BRINGS PAST, FUTURE STARS TO LA

McEnroe, Courier and Wilander Headline Legends Field Coming to UCLA in August
Future on Display This Weekend at Countrywide Classic Challenger in Carson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2008 

LOS ANGELES – John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander – all former World No. 1s and Grand Slam Champions – lead the field of six players who will take to the UCLA tennis courts as part of the Legends event at the 82nd Countrywide Classic. That trio will be joined by Wayne Ferreira, Aaron Krickstein and Mikael Pernfors for the Legends event during the Aug. 4-10 Countrywide Classic.
 

The announcement comes just days before the start of the second Grand Slam of the tennis season, the French Open. This group enjoyed great success in Paris, with Wilander pacing the group with three titles and two other finals at Roland Garros. Courier is a two-time French Open winner, and also had one runner-up finish, as did McEnroe.
 
Together, McEnroe, Wilander and Courier combined for 18 career Grand Slam singles titles, with McEnroe and Wilander winning seven each and Courier claiming four. That trio also spent a total of 248 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world. Wilander is the only player among the six Legends who will compete in 2008 who never won the prestigious Countrywide Classic title. McEnroe is the only two-time winner of the group, claiming the title in 1981 and ’86. Perfors and Krickstein claimed the title in 1988 and ’89, respectively. Courier won in Los Angeles in 1997, while Ferreira, who holds the record for consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played at 56, was the champion in 2003. 
 
"We’re very pleased with the group of players we have in our 2008 Legends field," Tournament Director Bob Kramer said. "In addition to being very accomplished during their careers, they have all proven to be fan favorites and among the greatest entertainers in the sport. They will be a great addition to this year’s Countrywide Classic."
 
Beginning this weekend at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the future of tennis will be on display with the unique combined USTA Pro Circuit event featuring the Countrywide Classic Challenger. American Alex Bogomolov, Jr., returns to defend his 2007 title. In last year’s final he defeated Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori, who in the past year has claimed his first career title and reached the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings. Twelve Americans are on the original acceptance list for the event, which will be held in conjunction with the East West Bank Classic Women’s Challenger.
 
The Countrywide Classic Challenger will begin with qualifying on Saturday, May 24, and main draw matches will start Monday, May 26. Admission is free to this event. More information is at www.usta.com/carsonchallenger. 

ANDY RODDICK RETURNING TO COUNTRYWIDE CLASSIC 

Top American Headlines Field for August Event at UCLA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 5, 2008 

LOS ANGELES – Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick will headline the player field for the 2008 Countrywide Classic which will be contested Aug. 4-10 at UCLA. This will mark the fourth appearance in Los Angeles for Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion.

 

"I’m excited to play LA," Roddick said. "It’s a great tournament to play, and a fun city to be in. I’m looking forward to heading there in August."

 

Roddick made his Countrywide Classic debut in 2001, but fell in the opening round to World No. 2 Marat Safin in the first round. The following year, Roddick posted his best result in the tournament, advancing to the semifinals before falling to fellow American Jan-Michael Gambill. In 2006, Roddick won two matches before having to withdraw due to injury prior to his quarterfinal match against eventual finalist Dmitry Tursunov. In doubles, Roddick reached the finals in 2001 with Gambill.

 

"Andy is not only the top American tennis player, but one of the top sports personalities in the world," Tournament Director Bob Kramer said. "We are thrilled to have a great champion like Andy headlining our tournament field in 2008. We are very excited for this year’s event to get underway in August."

 

Roddick is 24-5 in 2008, and is ranked No. 6 in the World. In 2007, Roddick was undefeated in singles rubbers to lead the United States to its first Davis Cup title since 1995, and will carry a nine-match Davis Cup winning streak into the semifinals this September against Spain. Roddick stands fourth among active players for ATP titles won in the Open Era with 25, including 2008 championships in San Jose and Dubai. He trails only Roger Federer (54), Rafael Nadal (26) and Lleyton Hewitt (26).

 

A two-time Olympus US Open Series champion, Roddick owns nine ATP titles during the summer hardcourt season. In addition to claiming the 2003 US Open title, Roddick has appeared in the 2006 US Open final as well as the Wimbledon final in both 2004 and 2005. Roddick spent 13 weeks ranked No. 1 in the World in late 2003 and early 2004.

 

Roddick will be one of four former World No. 1s appearing at the 2008 Countrywide Classic. Former No. 1s John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander, who together own 18 career Grand Slam singles titles, will take part in the Legends Event during this year’s tournament along with former Countrywide Classic tournament champions Wayne Ferreira, Aaron Krickstein and Mikael Pernfors.

ABOUT THE COUNTRYWIDE CLASSIC
The Countrywide Classic has been played every year since 1927, making it the longest-running annual professional sporting event in Los Angeles. The 2008 event will be held Aug. 4-10 and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the tournament’s move to UCLA’s campus. The tournament is part of the Olympus US Open Series, the six-week summer tennis season linking 10 ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events to the US Open. Proceeds from the Countrywide Classic benefit the grassroots programs of the non-profit Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) and UCLA.  The SCTA offers programs, leagues, and tournaments involving 300,000 juniors and 50,000 adults and seniors. Information on tickets and the tournament can be found at www.countrywideclassic.com or by calling 310-824-1010.   
 
ABOUT COUNTRYWIDE FINANACIAL CORPORATION
Founded in 1969, Countrywide Financial Corporation (NYSE: CFC) – America’s #1 home loan lender as ranked for 2005 by Inside Mortgage Finance (Jan. 27, 2006), Copyright 2006 – is a member of the S&P 500 and Fortune 500. Countrywide, through its subsidiaries, provides mortgage banking and diversified financial services in domestic and international markets. Mortgage banking businesses include loan production and servicing principally through Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., which originates, purchases, securitizes, sells, and services residential loans. The company is headquartered in Calabasas, California and has a workforce of more than 55,000 individuals and over 800 offices worldwide. For more information about the company, visit Countrywide’s Web site at www.countrywide.com.
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CONTACTS:
Pete Holtermann: HolterMedia@gmail.com or 310-824-1010
Bob Kramer: bobk@scta.usta.com or 310-824-1010, ext 230
Rick Simon: Rick_Simon@countrywide.com or 800-796-8448

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