The Washington, DC area will debut a WTA International Level tournament sponsored by LagardÃ¨re Unlimited – the Mid-Atlantic Womenâ€™s Tennis Championships to be held at The Tennis Center at College Park. The tournament which runs from July 23-31 will feature 32 main draw singles players and 16 doubles teams.
Players schedule to participate include top-15 ranked Shahar Peer, Lucie Safarova, Melanie Oudin, Jelena Dokic; and up-and-coming American teenager, Sloane Stephens.Â Peer noted â€œI’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.â€
â€œWe are thrilled to bring womenâ€™s professional tennis back to the incredible sports fans of the Washington, D.C. area. The Mid-Atlantic Womenâ€™s Tennis Championships promises to be a fantastic event featuring some of the best female athletes on the planet.Â I look forward to this being the first edition of a great tradition of WTA tennis in Washington, D.C.,â€ said Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO, Womenâ€™s Tennis Association.
Donald Dell, Tournament Chairman and Group President, LagardÃ¨re Unlimited: â€œWith only three of 32 WTA International Level events remaining in the United States, it is important to build on the nationâ€™s popularity for the sport of tennis and prevent additional tournaments from moving abroad. LagardÃ¨re Unlimited is honored to be bringing womenâ€™s professional tennis to the DC metro area.â€
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.
ABOUT THE PLAYERS
The tournament has five player commitments to-date .Shahar Peer, the tournamentâ€™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