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US Open Champ Andy Roddick to Battle James Blake in Rupp Arena

November 3, 2003 11:22 AM
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US Open Champion Andy Roddick and top young American James Blake will square off in the featured match of the "Lexus Tennis Classic presented by the Lexington Tennis Club" at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY on December 7, 2003.


Game Seven Sports Marketing is responsible for bringing the "Lexus Tennis Classic" to Lexington and all proceeds from this professional tennis exhibition will benefit the University of Kentucky tennis program.

The Lexus Tennis Classic opens with a doubles match between the world's No. 1-ranked team, twins Bob and Mike Bryan, and former UK stars Cedric Kaufmann and Greg Van Emburgh at 5:30 p.m. The doubles showdown will be followed by the main event, Roddick vs. Blake.

Roddick is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in singles after winning his first Grand Slam event in September. Blake, who in 2002 was voted the sexiest male athlete by People Magazine, is ranked 36th in the world.

"This should be a tremendous event to raise money for our tennis program," UK Coach Dennis Emery said. "To have this level of talent coming to Lexington is a rare feat, not only for the tennis community here in the state, but for everyone who appreciates watching sports played at the highest level. Roddick is the future of American tennis, and Blake is not far behind and both have huge followings among the younger set.

"We're excited that Game Seven, the Lexus Store and the Lexington Tennis Club have joined forces to benefit our tennis program."

Only the lower arena will be available for spectators and seats are priced at $40 and $30. Tickets go on sale Saturday morning at Rupp Arena at 10 am and they can also be purchased through all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 859-233-3535, 859-281-6644 and Ticketmaster.com. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

The Roddick vs. Blake match, part of a tour of exhibition matches being played by Andy Roddick this winter, is following a Roddick-Andre Agassi match-up in New Orleans on December 5 and North Little Rock, AR on December 6. Roddick is also taking on Brian Vahaly on December 12 in Atlanta, GA.

 

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