Jim Courier

Chang shines

DEFENDING champion Michael Chang and former world number one Jim Courier swept into the semi-finals of the US Clay Court tennis Championships with emphatic victories.

Sunday, 26 April, 1998, 12:00am

Past winners form proud Grand Slam roll of honour

When Dutchman Richard Krajicek won the Wimbledon title in 1996, he completed a Grand Slam roll of honour for the Salem Open.

It meant that every winner of the Open had also won at least one Grand Slam title. Krajicek was the only one who picked up a Grand Slam title after winning the Hong Kong tournament, which he lifted in 1991.

20 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Americans looking 'dandy' for title

If history is to repeat itself, an American player should be a good bet to win this year's Salem Open.

While American players have been dominant in winning six of the eight tournaments to date, it was not that way in the early days of the event when it was known as the Salem Hongkong Open.

20 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Young stars learn tennis secrets from top players

Two of the best junior tennis players in the territory will receive intensive tennis lessons from some of the world's top players this week in Australia.

Michael Wu and Natalie Banday set off on a Cathay Pacific flight to join the Nike Tennis International Camp in Melbourne.

10 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Sampras back on top after Open win

American Pete Sampras returned to the top of the ATP world rankings at Victoria Park yesterday, though the achievement filled him with only a fraction of joy.

Beating crowd favourite Michael Chang 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the US$328,000 Salem Hong Kong Open final meant much more than his ascension to the top, where he replaces Austrian Thomas Muster.

15 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Courier proves worthy successor to Agassi

FORMER world number one Jim Courier has emerged as the man to beat at this week's Salem Hong Kong Open at Victoria Park after he won the Japan Open title in Tokyo yesterday.

The American world number 15, who won in Hong Kong in 1992, defeated top-ranked Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4.

17 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Everyone for tennis, mate?

DOCTORS are predicting Hong Kong's tennis fans will be suffering from some pretty stiff elbows this week as Prime Sports has live coverage of the Australian Open from Melbourne everyday.

The series is expected to be one of the hottest of the year as Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl and a rather big-headed Pete Sampras battle it out for top honours.

17 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Sampras and Courier on Beijing list

THE Hongkong-based organisers of the first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour event in Beijing in October are hoping to entice the world's leading two players, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier, back to Asia.

21 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Top-seed Sampras in Open win

WORLD No 1 Pete Sampras is the new Hongkong Salem Open champion.

The 21-year-old American beat his compatriot, Jim Courier, 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-2) in a thrilling final lasting two hours and 51 minutes in front of a capacity 3,000 crowd at Victoria Park yesterday.

19 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Super Sampras rules in clash of the titans

PETE Sampras showed why he is the world's number one player with a momentous three-set triumph over second-ranked Jim Courier in a magnificent finale to the Salem Hongkong Open at Victoria Park yesterday.

19 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Sampras, Courier in world showdown

HONGKONG'S Victoria Park will be the focal point of the tennis world today when the two leading players on the international circuit, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier, clash in the final of the sell-out Salem Open.

18 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Sampras the number one hit with fans

AMERICAN Pete Sampras shrugged off the pressure of life at the top of world tennis by opening his Hongkong Salem Open campaign with a businesslike 6-2, 6-4 victory over Frenchman Stephane Simian at Victoria Park last night.

14 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Sampras flies in ready to defend top ranking

AMERICAN Pete Sampras last night arrived in the territory fresh from a tournament victory in Tokyo and hoping to strengthen his newly-acquired world number one status at this week's Salem Hongkong Open.

Sampras, who took over the top ranking from compatriot Jim Courier last week, will play France's 68-ranked Stephane Simian in the first round tomorrow.

12 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

All-star treat in store for HK fans

THE world's top two players, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras, and local crowd favourite Michael Chang spearhead the strongest field ever assembled for a tennis tournament in Hongkong at next month's Salem Open.

10 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

American trio lead assault on HK title

THREE top Americans - big local favourite Michael Chang and Davis Cup-winning stars Jim Courier and Pete Sampras - will spearhead the field at the US$300,000 Salem Hongkong Open at Victoria Park on April 12-18.

Courier, last year's winner and world number one will return to defend his title and former US Open winner Sampras will make his Hongkong debut.

19 Jan 1993 - 12:00am