Courier, Martin meet in main event


Pam Shriver is bringing in two of the hottest players on the men's pro tour for her ninth annual charity tennis event.

Jim Courier, ranked No. 3 in the world, and Todd Martin, No. 5, will play a best-of-three sets match in the Signet Bank Tennis Challenge at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Baltimore Arena.

Presented for the ninth straight year by The Baltimore Sun, the event also will feature a celebrity doubles match and a mixed doubles set starring Courier, Martin and Shriver.

In announcing the event yesterday, Shriver said proceeds would be distributed by the Baltimore Community Foundation to children's charities throughout the region.

In its first eight years, the Tennis Challenge raised nearly $1.4 million.

Tickets, from $9 for reserved to $75 for a courtside box, will go on sale tomorrow at the Arena and all TicketMaster outlets, including Hecht's.

To charge tickets by phone, call 481-SEAT. For information, call 296-2929.

Courier, 23, has reached a final once this year and the semifinals five other times. In the French Open he upset No. 1-ranked Pete Sampras to gain the semifinals.

Martin, a 24-year-old Michigan native, began the year ranked No. 13, but quickly made it clear he intended to reach the Top 10 by gaining the Australian Open final. He has won two singles titles this year.

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