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Donald Young Holds Virtual Tennis Tournament

July 11, 2008 11:30 AM

Donald Young held a virtual tennis tournament for fans, commuters and kids at New Haven's Union Station in conjunction with Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Shick. Young, the youngest player ranked in the top 100, will be playing in the US Open Series event which will be held Aug. 15-23, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

People were able to compete in a Nintendo Wii tennis tournament against the 18-year-old phenom, and those who beat him won tickets to the Pilot Pen, where he will be playing later this summer.

Young is part of a growing list of talented players already committed to the event, including world No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska and world No. 14 Agnes Szavay, world No. 13 Fernando Verdasco and world No. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; American Mardy Fish; and veterans Marion Bartoli and Ivan Ljubicic.

The Pilot Pen also announced that, in conjunction with the city of New Haven, they would provide free transportation to and from the train station to the tournament this August in an effort to alleviate some of the burden of rising gas prices and encourage fans from all over Connecticut to come out to the tournament this year.

“We are thrilled that Donald could take time to come to New Haven and play with our New Haven kids, both on and off the court,” said Worcester. “As the youngest player in the top 100, he has an incredible future, and we are glad he wants to come back for the Pilot Pen in August. We believe that players like Donald, along with the other incredibly talented players in the field, create a dynamic reason for people to come to New Haven and experience a terrific event.”

Last year, Young had a magical run in New Haven, winning the first ATP match of his professional career. His strong play continued the following week at the US Open, where he made it to the third round. This year, he has continued his upward charge by reaching the quarterfinals of Memphis and the third round of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells.

In addition to the action on the virtual court, the day also featured a QuickStart Tennis clinic and Valspar Skills Challenge for 100 kids from the New Haven Parks & Recreation Summer Camp, conducted by Young, USTA New England and local teaching pros.

QuickStart Tennis is the new play format for kids, ages 10 and under, to get into the sport of tennis and could have one of the most significant affects on the growth of tennis among youth ever. The game has been properly “brought down to size” for those children actually playing -- racquets, balls, court size and scoring have all been modified to suit the age of the child.

For tickets, how to become a volunteer or more information about the tournament, please call the Pilot Pen Tennis Box Office, 888-99-PILOT, 203-776-7331, or log on to www.pilotpentennis.com.

About Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick ®
Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick, an Olympus US Open Series event on the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, will be held Aug. 15-23, 2008, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale and feature a group of top-ranked international stars, including world No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska and world No. 14 Agnes Szavay, world No. 13 Fernando Verdasco and world No. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; American Mardy Fish; and veterans Marion Bartoli and Ivan Ljubicic. The Pilot Pen is the first ever combined men’s and women’s summer tournament leading into the US Open. The 2007 Pilot Pen, whose champions are Sveltana Kuznetsova and James Blake, drew nearly 100,000 spectators and was televised nationally for 18 hours on ESPN2 and CBS Sports.

About the Olympus US Open Series
The Olympus US Open Series brings together the 10 summer tournaments in North America, three television networks, tennis’ sanctioning bodies and top corporate sponsors during the summer tennis season. In 2007, the Series continued its enhancements to the sport, including more national TV hours, live back-to-back finals every Sunday, bonus prize money at the US Open, new court colors and a significant national marketing campaign.




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