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Florida-based Pros Isner, Blake Head College Tennis Exo at US Open

August 22, 2013 10:30 AM
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James Blake
A special college tennis players exhibition will take place this Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, featuring Florida-based players John Isner and James Blake among others to shine a light on college tennis as a stepping stone to the pro tour and a great education.
 
Former Gustavus Adolphus collegiate player Eric Butorac, a top doubles player on the ATP World Tour, organized the event by asking fellow players who competed at the collegiate level to take part.
 
"Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is all about exposing tennis to the next generation," Butorac said. "The motivation behind this event was to show kids that it's possible to get a great education and use that as a stepping stone to play in the biggest tennis tournament in the world, the US Open.
 
"I am thrilled at how excited each of the players are to participate in this exhibition. I think it shows that even a number of years removed, they are still proud to be a part of their collegiate program."
 
The matches will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, on Court 10 at the US Open grounds, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Most of the players are competing at the US Open, which starts Monday, Aug. 26.
 
Match schedule:
 
9:30 a.m. -- Scott Lipsky/Bradley Klahn (Stanford) vs. Mac Styslinger/Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia)
10:15 a.m. -- Nick Monroe (North Carolina)/Treat Huey (Virginia) vs. Rajeev Ram (Illinois)/Bobby Reynolds (Vanderbilt)
11 a.m. -- Rhyne Williams (Tennessee) vs. Steve Johnson (USC)
11:45 a.m. -- John Isner (Georgia) vs. James Blake (Harvard)
 
"We are hoping that the fans of these collegiate programs will be out to support their famous alumni both at this event and at the US Open." Butorac said.
 
For more information on Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, please visit www.arthurashekidsday.com/schedule_of_events.
 
 
 
 

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