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    Pete Sampras, Jim Courier visit Boston school

    Jim Courier (left) and Pete Sampras at the Mario Umana Middle School on Friday.
    Bill Brett for the Boston Globe
    Jim Courier (left) and Pete Sampras at the Mario Umana Middle School on Friday.
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    Before heading to the TD Garden for the Staples Champions Cup, tennis stars Pete Sampras and Jim Courier stopped by Mario Umana Middle School in East Boston Friday to offer some advice and instruction to young tennis players. The former number-one ranked players discussed their victories and answered questions about practicing. The event was organized by Tenacity, a nonprofit that promotes both literacy and tennis education to area children, and was sponsored by Staples, which also donated $3,000 to Tenacity. Sampras and Courier were scheduled to go head-to-head during the semifinal round Friday night, which also featured John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl.

    Andrew Doerfler can be reached at andrew.doerfler@globe.com