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Florida Pro Season Begins, USTA Member Benefits at Delray, Miami, Ponte Vedra

February 7, 2010 06:00 PM
SONY ERICSSON OPEN
Key Biscayne, Fla.
March 22-April 4, 2010
Visit their website: SonyEricssonOpen.com


The Sony Ericsson Open is always a place to be seen, featuring a who's-who of celebrities filing through the gates. Last year saw attendance by actors Owen Wilson, Eliza Dushku, Meagan Good, Adrien Brody, and Boris Kodjoe; television personalities Star Jones and Al Reynolds; musical artists Common, Chayanne, Sandy "Pepa" Denton, Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias, William "WAK" King, Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio, Alejandro Sanz, and Shakira; Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty; sports stars Vernon Carey, Cris Carter, Rick Fox, Thomas Jones, Anna Kournikova, Curtis Martin, Bryant McKinnie, Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez, Randy Shannon, Kimbo Slice, and Dara Torres; 2003 Miss Universe Amelia Vega and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.
 

 
A contingent of juniors from Lee County attend the
Sony Ericsson Open in Miami

 


USTA Membership Appreciation Day at the Sony Ericsson Open will be on Tues., March 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. Bring your USTA membership card to get in, and USTA members only, no guests please. At the Sony Ericsson Open USTA members will receive a 20% discount on adult tickets in the 400 level for March 29-31. Tickets can be purchased online using promo code USTA2009, by calling the Sony Ericsson Open Box Office at (305) 442-3367, or in person during the tournament. Please have your USTA Membership ID available.

"The Sony Ericsson Open has long maintained a strong relationship with the USTA, and over the years the event has received tremendous support from its members," says Tournament Chairman and Founder Butch Buchholz. "The USTA Membership Appreciation Night is a way for us to say thank you."

Last year's tournament saw record attendance, with Andy Murray topping Novak Djokovic in the men's final, and Victoria Azarenka defeating Serena Williams in the women's championship.

 Caroline Wozniacki

MPS GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
April 5-11, 2010
Visit their website: MPSGroupChamps.net


Since relocating from Amelia Island, the MPS Group Championships is establishing its own niche in Northeast Florida, held at the storied Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., adjacent to the ATP Tour and PGA Tour U.S. headquarters.

"Florida's rich history with professional tennis is complimented by a very strong participation base," said Tournament Director John Arrix. "For The MPS Group Championships, we have been fortunate to work with the USTA to promote the sport. Our USTA Member program continues to bring loyal fans to the event as well as attracts new fans to experience women's professional tennis."

USTA Membership Appreciation Day at the MPS Group Championships, where Caroline Wozniacki will be defending her 2009 title, will be held on Tues., April 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. USTA Members receive $5 off any day or night session, standard stadium seat ticket for April 5 and April 6. For tickets visit
www.mpsgroupchamps.net or call (800) 486-8366 and have your valid USTA membership number available.

U.S. rising star Melanie Oudin will also be making an appearance in 2010. Oudin faced Wozniacki in the 2009 US Open quarterfinal round, with Wozniacki winning in straight sets.

"Having Caroline commit to the 2010 tournament is a powerful statement to our fans that this tournament will continue to attract the brightest stars on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour," Arrix said. "In April, Caroline debuted her talents at Ponte Vedra and four months later went on to play in her first Grand Slam final at the US Open. To have Caroline back this April is huge for all Northeast region tennis fans."

Take advantage of your USTA membership to see live tennis this February through April in Florida. For the latest information on USTA member discounts and benefits, visit ustaflorida.com.


COMPLETED EVENTS:

DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Delray Beach, Fla.
Feb. 20-28, 2010
Visit their website:
YellowTennisBall.com

Gulbis, Bryan Brothers Win Titles at ATP Delray Beach
Latvian 21-year-old Ernests Gulbis and the No. 1-ranked doubles pair the Bryan brothers captured titles at the ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach, Fla.

For the Bryan brothers it was their 58th career doubles title, passing the legendary pair of John McEnroe and Peter Fleming as the winningest American team in the Open Era. The twins recorded a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over first-time finalists Philipp Marx and Igor Zelenay, leaving them three titles short of the all-time record held by the "Woodies," Aussies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde...

Earlier in the week John McEnroe and Patrick Rafter stole the show with an epic final in their first meeting ever on the ATP Champions Tour, with the Champions event played alongside the ATP event. In the final the 51-year-old McEnroe was edged by the 37-year-old Rafter 7-6(4), 7-6(1) after each had successfully navigated the eight-man field to reach the final.

"It was great," said McEnroe after the match. "I think we showed the young guns how to use a little variety. They hit the ball so hard, but maybe they'll see that it pays to have a little more variety. It was a lot of fun playing Pat except I would have liked it if the scores were reversed."

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