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Tunica National Hosts $50K USTA Pro Challenger

May 6, 2008 12:18 PM
Tennis fans will be able to see first-hand high level action as professionals hit the courts at Tunica National Golf and Tennis for the $50,000 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Challenger tournament May 3-10. The event will bring tennis professionals and celebrities from around the world for an exciting week of tennis action in Tunica.

Director of Tennis, Keith Evans, says this pro tournament at Tunica National allows tennis fans to learn from some of the best pro players on the circuit.

“When these events come to Tunica, our fans will have the chance to see some of the best young tennis players in the world,” said Evans. “These are rising stars, and the competition will be intense. It will be exciting to watch them perform on Tunica National’s indoor clay courts.”

The Fitz Casino & Hotel will be hosting the players for the six day tournament at their newly renovated hotel. Because of the indoor clay courts, Tunica National is one of the only places in the southeastern U.S. that can recruit this type of event.

“We are honored to host this event in its third year at Tunica National,” Bob Wolcott, general manager of Tunica National Golf and Tennis, said. “The unique tennis facility, including four indoor Hydro-Grid, Har Tru, indoor clay courts, is the reason we are able to host this prestigious event, and we invite tennis players to play on our courts throughout the year for an unforgettable tennis experience.”

With Tunica National as the title sponsor and event location, this Pro Challenger event will be free to the public during the qualifying rounds and the daily main draw matches. There will also be free seating for the quarter finals, semi-finals, and the Championship match. A features match with one of the top-seeded players will be held every night. The finals will be held May 10th. For exclusive seating, tickets may be purchased for $20 each by calling the Tunica National Tennis office at 662-357-0777.

More than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2007 for nearly $3 million in prize money and ranking points making it the world’s largest developmental tennis tour.

At Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club, the four indoor tennis courts are the only Hydro-Grid Har-Tru indoor clay courts south of Washington, D.C. Har-Tru’s granular surface acts as a shock-absorbing cushion, allowing players to slide into their shots, preventing joint-jarring stops. One of the most impressive aspects of the technology is the sub-surface irrigation and the ability to control humidity indoors. Tunica National is located on Highway 61 North near the casinos. For additional information and services provided by Tunica National, call 662-357-0777, or visit www.tunicanational.com. Tunica National is managed by KemperSports.




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