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Professional Tennis Returns to Atlanta with the 2003 Atlanta Tennis Classics

June 16, 2003 04:15 PM

Finally professional tennis action will return to Atlanta this summer. The Racquet Club of the South, located in Norcross will feature the first edition of the "Atlanta Tennis Classics presented by Your Serve Tennis". This new concept tennis event will be played over 2 days on August 2nd and August 3rd in a 2,500 capacity stadium.

The tournament will feature former number one players Jim Courier (USA), Mats Wilander (SWE), Thomas Muster (AUT) and French Open Finalist Mikael Pernfors (SWE). These tennis legends have accomplished a total of 12 Grand Slam titles and will battle in 2 Semifinals on Saturday, August 2nd, and the final and 3rd place final on Sunday August 3rd. Despite a few exhibitions, this will be the first professional event for Jim Courier, who is preparing his return to the world wide champions tour, the Delta Tour of Champions, at the end of this year.

"We are tremendously excited to be hosting this new event at our facility," said TJ Middleton, who has recently taken over the management of the Racquet Club of the South.

Middleton, a former tennis professional and Wimbledon finalist in mixed doubles will not only be the host, but will get involved in some doubles action himself. Tournament Directors Klaus Dlabik and Edwin Weindorfer, whose company, Sports Productions International LLC, will run the event, have worked on this project for years and hope to see a sell out crowd in order to grow and return ATP tennis action to the number one tennis market in the United States. Weindorfer, who is responsible for the worldwide Delta Tour of Champions sees the Atlanta event as a new start for the Tour in the United States.

Tennis Fans will have a chance to be part of a new and exiting interactive "Tennis Festival". Besides the great tennis action from the legends, there will be several other side events and tennis activities for all fans. This includes the "C-50 Fund Charity Gala" on Friday evening, benefiting Juvenile Diabetes related causes. Furthermore all ticket holders are invited to bring their rackets and participate in an "Open Tennis Clinic" and a "One Point Shoot Out" tennis tournament on Saturday, whereby the winner will play a Tie Break against Jim Courier on Center Court. Saturday night will also feature the "Players Night" and the Champions will like in so many other events worldwide entertain their fans with other talents they have besides tennis.

Tickets ranging from $30 to $40 will go on sale next week and will be exclusively available at all Atlanta stores of "Your Serve Tennis" or online at www.yourserve.com. Furthermore, tickets can be purchased at the front office at the Racquet Club of the South. For further information please visit www.atlantatennisclassics.com.

Be sure to check back to www.southerntennis.com in the coming weeks to find out how you can WIN TICKETS!

Click here to read about the schedule of events at the Atlanta Tennis Classics.

For further information:
Sports Productions Int. LLC
Klaus Dlabik
Tel: 770-978-7597
E-mail: klaus@atlantatennisclassics.com




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