More tennis legends coming

Tennis fans that enjoyed the visit of former world class players over the past weekend will not have to wait long for the next batch of big names to pass through Grand Cayman.

Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Philippoussis and Michael Chang will be among the new names lining up for this year’s Legends tour at the Ritz-Carlton courts over the weekend of 24-26 April.

Jim Courier and Jimmy Arias will both return to Grand Cayman and, along with one other player, will complete the field for the 2009 Outback Champions Series here.

The Outback Champions Series is organised by the New York-based company InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and in similar fashion to last year, the players will visit various locations around the island. Courier gave a clinic at a couple of schools and many of the stars enjoyed a fantastic night at the tennis club in South Sound.

John McEnroe was the biggest name at the Outback Championship last year.

Courier leads the Outback standings and the former world No.1 is looking forward to returning to Cayman.

Unlike the Cayman Classic, which raised $50,000 for the Crisis Centre, the Outback tournament is not a fun, charity event; there is substantial prize money at stake for the participants. Last year Courier won $150,000 in the series.

Players also compete for Champions Series points that will determine the Stanford Champions Rankings year-end No.1 and the winner of a $100,000 bonus.