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USTA Members Can Buy Daily Atlanta Tennis Championships Tickets Now

December 17, 2009 05:14 PM

 Linda Clark, Lucy Garvin, Rex Maynard
Linda Clark, ATP World Tour Vice President,
Tournament Relations ­– Americas; Lucy S. Garvin, USTA
Chairman of the Board and President and Rex Maynard,
President, USTA Southern, share handshakes after the
announcement that Atlanta has been awarded the ATP
sanction for the Atlanta Tennis Championships.

Sam Crenshaw, Bill Oakes
WXIA-TV's Sam Crenshaw interviews Tournament
Director Bill Oakes.

Atlanta Tennis Championships

Fast Facts About The
Atlanta Tennis Championships

Tournament level: 250-point ATP tournament
Dates: July 19-25, 2010
Site: Atlanta Athletic Club
        1930 Bobby Jones Drive
        Johns Creek, GA 30097
Singles main draw: 28-player main draw
Singles Qualifying:
July 17-18, 2010
Doubles main draw: 16-team draw
Olympus US Open Series: First tournament in eight-
tournament series leading up the US Open. 2010 will
be the seventh year of the Series.
Web site:
: Premium Seats, Box Seats and Champagne
Tables go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 16. Other tickets will
be going on sale in late March.
Ticket contact info: 678-527-2138,

USTA members can buy Atlanta Tennis Championships tickets now, before daily ticket sales begin for the general public on Monday, April 5. USTA members will get a 20 percent discount for USTA Member Appreciation Day, the day session on Friday, July 23. Use code: 2010USTAATL. There is a limit of four tickets per member.

The ATP World Tour 250 tournament will be played July 19-25 at the Atlanta Athletic Club and will serve as the kick-off to the 2010 Olympus US Open Series.

Daily ticket prices range from $10 to $49 for grandstand seating and sale begins April 5 at 9 a.m. ET. Also going on sale are the Reserved Series, which are seats in the first two rows of the grandstand and cost $300 for all 11 sessions. Weekday ticket packages start at $100 and weekend packages start at $170. Packages are available for USTA League, USTA Jr. Team Tennis players and other groups.

Daily ticket prices include handling, meaning that there won’t be numerous extra charges tagged onto listed prices. There will be a handling fee of $8 per package.

Tickets can be purchased at the tournament web site, www.atlantatennischampionships.com. There a phone just for daily ticket sales: 866-840-8822. For other ticket info, call (678) 527-2138 or email tickets@atlantatennischampionships.com. Premium tickets went on sale in February.

The main draw begins Monday, July 19, with qualifying set for July 17-18.

Former No. 1 player Lleyton Hewitt is joining the growing list of tennis stars committed to play the first Atlanta Tennis Championships.

The two-time Grand Slam winner reached the pinnacle of tennis in November 2001 and reigned atop the ATP World Tour rankings for 75 weeks. Hewitt won the 2001 US Open, 2002 Wimbledon and the 2001 and 2002 Tennis Masters Cups. The hard-working Australian has captured 27 tour titles, the most recent coming last year in Houston.

Known for his fiery personality and nickname “Rusty,” the redheaded Hewitt brings his distinctive fist pump and bravado to Atlanta for the first time. Hewitt is often labeled the ultimate counterpuncher, scoring with penetrating ground strokes, quick court coverage and a scrappy, do-or-die personality. He is presently ranked No. 24 in the world.John Isner and James Blake, the second- and fourth-ranked American men’s tennis players, have committed to play the 2010 Atlanta Tennis Championships. The Atlanta event, owned and operated by USTA Southern, will serve as the kick-off to the 2010 Olympus US Open Series.

Isner just jumped to No. 21 in the world following his run to the final at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis last week. The former University of Georgia All-American has won more than $1,180,000 in his career and has just reached his highest ranking ever, rising 123 places in the last 12 months. Known for his dominating first serve, the towering 6’9” native of Greensboro, N.C. has a 12-2 record on the ATP World Tour this year, including his first tournament win in Auckland.  Isner was recently named by Captain Patrick McEnroe to the U.S. Davis Cup team for the first time.

Also committed to playing in the inaugural Atlanta Tennis Championships is Blake, the long-time American tennis star who has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world. Blake has won 10 ATP titles, including the 2006 Indianapolis tournament, which the Atlanta tournament is replacing. He started his career in 2000 and has been a Davis Cup stalwart for the American team. Included in People Magazine’s 2006-2007 “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, Blake is also known for off-court accomplishments. He played tennis for two years at Harvard University and co-wrote the autobiography "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life" that reached 15th on The New York Times Best Seller list. The book chronicles Blake’s accident where he ran into a net post and broke his back.

Robby Ginepri, who lives in the metro Atlanta city of Kennesaw, Ga., was the first player to agree to play the tournament. He reached a career high No. 15 in 2005 after reaching the US Open semifinals.

The Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga., will be the tournament site from July 19-25. USTA Southern purchased the sanction for the ATP World Tour 250 tournament last December.

USTA Southern President Rex Maynard said, “The Atlanta Athletic Club is the perfect site for the Atlanta Tennis Championships. With its rich history of hosting ATP tennis and other major sporting events, it is a great location, and has wonderful facilities for showcasing professional tennis in the Atlanta area.”

USTA Southern purchased the sanction for the ATP World Tour 250 tournament last December. The event had been played in Indianapolis.

“The Atlanta Athletic Club is pleased to host the upcoming Atlanta Tennis Championship this July and the best tennis players in the world,” Atlanta Athletic Club General Manager Chris Borders said. “This continues our tradition of hosting national events in all areas of sport and athletics, such as the AT&T Championships in the ’90s and our myriad of USGA and PGA golf championships. Our membership is supportive, our tennis facilities are the best and we have easy spectator access with plenty of parking. It's a great opportunity for the Tour and the Atlanta Athletic Club.”

In 2005, the USTA recognized the Atlanta Athletic Club as a National Tennis Facility of the Year. In 1991, the tennis facility was voted the best tennis facility in the state by the Georgia Professional Tennis Association. In 2005, after a major renovation, the tennis facility again won the GPTA award.

In November, 2009, the ATP board voted to buy the Indianapolis sanction under rules which allowed the ATP to match any offer made for the event. The board made this decision with a view to the long-term ATP calendar and to maintain its ability to address issues relating to the length of the season in the future. After positive discussions between the ATP and USTA, the ATP board became comfortable that it could meet this goal, while at the same time awarding the tournament to Atlanta and USTA Southern Section under mutually acceptable terms.

"This is a great win for the parties involved and is a wonderful example of cooperation and understanding between different authorities in tennis coming together to achieve the common goal of promoting and developing tennis in the United States,” said Mark Young, the ATP Chief Executive Officer for the Americas. “We at the ATP wish the tournament every success and are delighted we could find a way to work with the USTA to achieve this outcome.”

“USTA Southern is thrilled to be bringing professional tennis back to Atlanta,” said Rex Maynard, President, USTA Southern Section. “When the sport works together in a collaborative fashion, great things happen. With our vibrant member base, and the overall appeal of tennis throughout this great region, we are convinced this event will be a great success.”

“We are very pleased with the ATP board’s decision to award this event to Atlanta,” said Lucy S. Garvin, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “A healthy professional tennis schedule in the U.S. sparks interest in the game and helps us to fulfill our mission of growing the sport on every level.”

Having completed its sixth season, the Olympus US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The 2009 Olympus US Open Series set a new record with nearly 47 million viewers across the six-week season – the largest TV audience in Series history. In addition, the Olympus US Open Series received unprecedented television exposure with over 100 hours on ESPN2, more than 250 hours on Tennis Channel and two tournament finals on CBS Sports.




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