Ever dreamed of going up against Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, John Isner or the other pros in the upcoming Winston-Salem Open? Now, you have a chance. The Winston-Salem Open is dedicating two wildcard slots, one for boys and one for men, to the qualifier taking place Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 to a local tennis player. All other participants in the August 20-21 Qualifier are professional tennis players on the ATP World Tour.
The local players will be selected in a competition at the Joe White Tennis Center at Hanes Park (625 West End Boulevard) to be held August 16-19. The local "Wildcard into Winston-Salem Open Qualifying Tournament" is under the direction of Randy Pate with the Randy Pate Tennis Academy.
The Hanes Park competition is open to both juniors and adults, registration is $75. Those interested in competing for the wildcard slot must register in advance online
by Friday, August 12, 2011 11:59 p.m. You can also find the link to online registration at www.winstonsalemopen.com.
"Winston-Salem has a lot of tennis history and a lot of tennis talent, so we decided it would be appropriate to give a local person the chance to go up against one of the pros at the Winston-Salem Open," tournament director Bill Oakes said. "Hanes Park itself is a great tennis facility, and many tournaments have been held there over the years. This competition should be a fun experience for both competitors and fans alike. Who knows? Maybe we’ll find the next pro at Hanes Park."
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.
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