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Tennis legends to compete in S. Korea in Nov.

All Headlines 08:32 August 29, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) -- Retired tennis stars Pete Sampras and John McEnroe will take part in a senior tour event in Seoul this fall, organizers said Monday.

The two American legends will compete in the ATP Champions Tour Korea 2016 on the indoor court at Olympic Park SK Stadium on Nov. 12 and 13, according to Kim Ji-sun, the tournament director.

Sampras is tied for second all-time with 14 grand slam singles titles, including seven Wimbledons. The 45-year-old had a record six consecutive seasons as the world No. 1, starting in 1993.

McEnroe, 57, is a seven-time grand slam singles champion who dominated the tour in the early 1980s. He has carved out a successful niche as a TV commentator.

Both are members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The ATP Champions Tour is open to players who are at least 35 years old or have been retired from the tour for more than two years. Each player must have been either a world No. 1, a grand slam finalist or a singles player on a winning Davis Cup squad.

This will be the second annual South Korean stop of the ATP Champions Tour. Fernando Gonzalez won the inaugural event in 2015, with Michael Chang, Marat Safin and Goran Ivanisevic -- all former grand slam winners -- also in action.

Two more players -- to be determined later -- will join Sampras and McEnroe this year.

"Many Korean fans are interested in the ATP Champions Tour after last year's competition," Kim was quoted as saying on the tour's website. "The tournament was a big present for Korean fans who don't get to see world tennis legends. We will invite world-class players to this competition to hold the best tennis event in Korea this year."

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