LOS ANGELES, December 1, 2005 —
Tickets Now on Sale as Entire U.S. Davis Cup Roster Joins Tennis Channel Open Field
The Tennis Channel Open – the ATP tournament owned and operated by The Tennis Channel – announced today that tennis star Andy Roddick has committed to play in the tournament in Las Vegas Feb. 27-March 5. The No. 3 ranked player on the ATP tour and highest ranked player in the United States joins a lineup of other American tennis greats that includes Robby Ginepri (No. 16), James Blake (No. 24), and US Open-winning twins Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s top-ranked doubles team. Roddick, Blake and the Bryan brothers make up the current United States Davis Cup team.
The Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it, noted additional commitments from Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez (No. 11), Spain’s Tommy Robredo (No. 20), Belarus’ Max Mirnyi (No. 35) and Belgium’s Xavier Malisse (No. 48). Others include Britain’s rising-star Andy Murray, Australia’s 2003 Wimbledon-finalist Mark Philippoussis, 2004 American Olympic silver medalist Mardy Fish, and 2002 and 2004 American Olympian Vince Spadea. The 2006 Tennis Channel Open takes place at The Amanda & Stacy Darling Memorial Tennis Center in Las Vegas, which opened this fall.
“It’s apparent that the move to Vegas has generated interest from some of the most uniquely talented and gifted athletes in the world, and some of the greatest personalities in tennis,” said Steve Bellamy, president and founder, The Tennis Channel. “A ticket to any session is going to get you a seat at a great match, whether you see Andy Roddick, James Blake, Robby Ginepri or anyone else; it’s an exciting group all the way through.”
Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion, won five men’s singles titles in 2005 while compiling a 59-14 record and earning more than $1.7 million in prize money. One of the best tennis players in the world, the 23-year-old Omaha, Neb., native reached the finals at Wimbledon for the second consecutive year in July, and is a former World No. 1. He has already won 20 ATP singles titles.
“I’m looking forward to playing the inaugural Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas,” said Roddick. “The excitement of the city should be a tremendous draw for guys on the tour, and The Tennis Channel’s plan to build a tennis-festival atmosphere is a great idea that’s going to be a lot of fun to visit each year.”
Among the other players who have signed up for the 2006 Tennis Channel Open, several Americans made national headlines during this year’s US Open in New York. Both Ginepri and Blake charged into late rounds and tennis fans’ hearts with spirited performances against heavily favored opponents before narrow losses in the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively. Twins Bob and Mike Bryan, after falling just short in the final rounds at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, secured a 2005 Grand Slam title with their US Open doubles championship.
Tennis Channel Open tickets are now on sale. Individual tickets and ticket packages can be purchased by phone at 888-TCO-TIXS (888-826-8497) or online at www.tennischannelopen.com. In the Las Vegas area, tennis fans can buy tickets at Station Casinos, Fiesta Properties, Galleria Mall and the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV Tickets is handling ticket sales for the tournament.
The Amanda & Stacy Darling Memorial Tennis Center is a new, state-of-the-art 40-acre complex with 23 courts, among them a 2,400-seat stadium court that will expand via bleachers to an approximately 3,300 seating capacity during the event. The grounds also include space for two additional, smaller stadium courts, which are currently being planned.
The Tennis Channel Open has been dubbed “Tennispalooza,” with the men’s competition serving as the centerpiece of a multifaceted gathering of events that focus on tennis and the lifestyle of its enthusiasts. Plans include men’s, women’s and juniors’ tournaments, surrounded by other events that feature amateur and professional tennis players. Founded in 1986, the ATP tournament was previously held in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has played host to most of the game’s greatest stars. The network held programming rights for three years prior to its acquisition of the event in 2005. In the 2005 Tennis Channel Open, Wayne Arthurs of Australia captured his first ATP singles championship by defeating Coatia’s Mario Ancic 7-5, 6-3 in the final.
The Tennis Channel (www.thetennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it. As the most concentrated single-sport network on television, the brand combines comprehensive sports coverage with health, fitness, pop culture, lifestyle and travel programming. Fifty-two week tournament telecast rights include the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup, offering compelling coverage of the game’s most dramatic rivalries and energetic personalities.
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