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May 10, 2011 11:53 ET

Professional Women's Tennis Returns to the DC Metro Area This Summer

The Mid-Atlantic Women's Tennis Championships Kicks Off July 23

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - Professional women's tennis returns to the DC metro area with the debut of the Mid-Atlantic Women's Tennis Championships, a WTA International Level event brought to you by Lagardère, a designation for only one of three tournaments in the United States.

DETAILS

  • In 2011, the International Level will consist of 32 tournaments worldwide. The event will be a single elimination format consisting of 32 main draw singles players, 16 main draw doubles teams and 32 qualifying singles players. The tournament will feature three match courts, including a 2,500-seat stadium court.
  • The event will feature the world's best female athletes, representing a diverse range of nationalities. Players include top-15 ranked and premier Israeli athlete, Shahar Peer; 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist, Melanie Oudin; six-time WTA singles titlist, Jelena Dokic; and up-and-coming American teenager, Sloane Stephens.

What: The Mid-Atlantic Women's Tennis Championships - A WTA Event

When: July 23-31, 2011

Where: The Tennis Center at College Park

Ticket Info:

  • Single session seats range from $10 to $65, depending on session and seat location.
  • Ticket packages for all ten sessions start at $155 for Grandstand Reserved Seats on Stadium Court.
  • Premium Box Seats start at $450.
  • Flexible ticket packages starting at $80 for three sessions.
  • Group discounts, Special Event Packages and VIP Tables are also available.

Ticket packages and Single Session tickets go on public sale Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
Purchase single-session tickets online through TicketMaster (http://bit.ly/iXjUkq) or call the tournament hotline at 202-721-9500 for group sales and ticket packages.
Additional Attractions:

The event will also feature live music, local food vendors, and special events.

ABOUT THE PLAYERS
The tournament has five player commitments to-date.
Shahar Peer, the tournament's top ranked player currently has a ranking of number 14 in the world. She has won a total of five WTA singles titles, including the 2009 Guangzhou title, in addition to finishing as the runner-up at two events. She has also served on the Israeli Fed Cup Team for eight consecutive years and the 2008 Israeli Olympic Team. http://twitter.com/shaharpeer

Lucie Safarova, currently ranked number 32 in the world and throughout her career, she has won a total of four WTA singles titles, in addition to finishing as the runner-up in five tournaments, including most recently in the 2011 Kuala Lumpur event. She has played on the Czech Republic Fed Cup Team for seven years and served on the 2008 Czech Republic Olympic Team. https://twitter.com/LucieSafarova

Jelena Dokic, currently ranked number 62 in the world and holds a total of six WTA singles titles, including her most recent win in Kuala Lumpur this year, four WTA doubles titles, in addition to finishing as the runner-up for seven singles events. She served on the Australian Fed Cup Team for three years as well as the Australian Olympic Team in 2000. http://www.facebook.com/jelena.dokic

Melanie Oudin, a Marietta, GA native currently ranked number 89 in the world, who received the WTA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2009. She has served on the American Fed Cup Team for the past three consecutive years. Oudin is best known for her Quarterfinal run in the 2009 US Open. http://twitter.com/melanie_oudin

Sloane Stephens, a Ft. Lauderdale, FL native currently ranked number 150 in the world. Stephens had a breakthrough year on the ITF Junior Circuit in 2008. She turned pro in 2009 and reached the 2nd round of the 2009 US Open. During the summer, she also played World Team Tennis for the New York Buzz. http://twitter.com/sloanetweets

QUOTES
Attributed to Donald Dell, Tournament Chairman and Group President, LagardèreUnlimited:
With only three of 32 WTA International Level events remaining in the United States, it is important to build on the nation's popularity for the sport of tennis and prevent additional tournaments from moving abroad. Lagardère Unlimited is honored to be bringing women's professional tennis to the DC metro area.

Attributed to Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO, Women's Tennis Association (WTA):
We are thrilled to bring women's professional tennis back to the incredible sports fans of the Washington, D.C. area. The Mid-Atlantic Women's Tennis Championships promises to be a fantastic event featuring some of the best female athletes on the planet. I look forward to this being the first edition of a great tradition of WTA tennis in Washington, D.C.

Attributed to Shahar Peer, Israeli professional tennis player, ranked number 14 in the world:
I've been playing really great tennis this year and am excited to bring my game to a new market known for its dedicated tennis fan base.

Attributed to Ray Benton, CEO of The Junior Tennis Champions Center located at the Tennis Center at College Park:
We are very pleased to be the host site for this top-notch professional event. It will give our young players and club members an opportunity to see great professional players up close.

LINKS - MULTIMEDIA, SOCIAL MEDIA, WEB SITES
Event Site: http://www.midatlanticwtc.com/
WTA: http://www.wtatennis.com/
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ii9unG
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MAWTC
Headshots: www.flickr.com/midatlanticWTC

TWITTER PITCH: Professional Women's Tennis Comes to DC Area July 23-31, 2011 www.midatlanticwtc.com #MAWTC #tennis

About The Tennis Center at College Park
The Tennis Center at College Park is a USTA Regional Training Center, home of the Junior Tennis Champions Center training program, as well as, the University of Maryland tennis teams. The Tennis Center at College Park is an award-winning facility and is recognized as one of the most comprehensive tennis venues in the United States. The venue hosts a QuickStart program for children ages 4-6 years old, summer camps, and programs for both juniors and adults. The facility is open year-round and boasts a total of 27 courts, a running track and fitness facility, a pro shop and spacious locker rooms with showers and saunas. The Tennis Center at College Park is located on 5200 Paint Branch Parkway, inside the Washington Beltway (I-495) and near the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park. The venue is accessible by Metro on the Green line to College Park-Univ. of Md. station. www.thetccp.com

About Lagardère Unlimited
Lagardère Unlimited represents some of the world's best athletes in Sports and Entertainment, including Tennis, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Sailing, Mixed Martial Arts, Fencing, Track and Field, Swimming, Motorsports, Cricket, Golf, Coaches, Living Legends and Entertainment. Lagardère Unlimited also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorship opportunities. The company operates worldwide with offices in NY, LA, DC, Miami, Paris, and Singapore. Currently, Lagardère Unlimited represents some of the best sporting clients around the globe; including Andy Roddick, John Wall, Dwight Howard, Reggie Bush, Sachin Tendulkar, Joakim Noah, Sébastien Chabal, Gaël Monfils and Caroline Wozniacki. www.lagardere-unlimited.com

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