WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JULY 15, 2011) – Bill Oakes, tournament director of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University, will debut a Triad-based radio program called "Racket Up" on Saturday, July 16. The program will cover a wide range of professional tennis news and will air on the Triad’s News Radio AM 600 WSJS and on wsjs.com Saturdays for six weeks from noon until 1 p.m.
In addition to his WSJS program, Oakes serves as host of "MatchPoint America," a weekly radio and television show based in Atlanta. "MatchPoint America" is aired from May until the US Open on The Tennis Channel, FOX Sports South (regionally) and WXIA in Atlanta.
"People who know me well know that I live and breathe tennis. If you want to talk tennis, I’m your guy," said Bill Oakes. "I look forward to interviewing lots of special guests on Racket Up and taking listener questions and comments during call-in sessions. Whether you like tennis a lot or just a little, this will be a fun, exciting, information-filled program that I hope will have wide appeal. We’ll also be sure to keep people updated on the upcoming Winston-Salem Open."
About the Winston-Salem Open
The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000, will take place from August 21-27, 2011, with qualifying set for August 19 and August 20. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Olympus US Open Series. The tournament will receive national television exposure via Tennis Channel and ESPN2, including the singles final broadcasted by CBS. The Winston-Salem Open offers a text update program to keep fans informed about the tournament. To enroll in the free service, text WINSTON to 55333.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Winston-Salem Open, please go to www.winstonsalemopen.com.
About the Olympus US Open Series
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. Fans follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals on Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express and Evian. Andy Murray won the 2010 Olympus US Open Series men’s title and Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history – $2.4 million – for winning the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million – the largest purse in women’s sports history – and again equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Olympus US Open Series in second place.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 62 tournaments in 32 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles and South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings points at Grand Slams (non ATP events), ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 events. At the end of the season, only the world’s top 8 ranked men’s singles players and top 8 doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2011 ATP World Tour No.1 in singles and doubles. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.