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It's Not Too Late to Celebrate 40 Years with the Memphis Open


This week member Memphis Open is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a week full of professional tennis, entertainment, delicious food and more. We got together with the tournament director, Erin Mazurek to learn more about this event and the ways that we all can join in on the celebration.

1. Congratulations on 40 years of professional tennis in Memphis! Can you give us a little history lesson on the Memphis Open?
Thank you! When something can sustain for 40 years, it’s an amazing testament to its strength and resilience. Memphis has been the proud home to professional tennis for four decades and over the course of the years we have seen the best tennis players in history walk the halls of the Racquet Club of Memphis. Truly, the list of champions is a ‘who’s who’ of professional tennis including famous names like Borg, Connors, Lendl, Agassi, Chang, Sampras, Roddick and more. We are proud to usher in a new generation of tennis players and have broken a record here in Memphis with our first 3-peat champion in Kei Nishikori! This year we’re boasting an uprising of American youth with five teenagers competing in the main draw. We hope it’s the start of a strong resurgence of professional tennis in America.
 
2. How does the tournament work? When can we go catch a few matches?
The Tournament began last Saturday with two days of qualifying rounds as players vied for the four spots into the Main Draw. Main Draw goes Monday through Championship Sunday with two ticketed sessions a day either in late afternoon or in the evening 7:30 PM. You can come during either session daily to see some amazing tennis and enjoy the fun, festive vibe in The MO.
 
3. Who are some of the big names in tennis that we can expect to see in Memphis this year?
The most famous players in our draw this year are most definitely the Bryan Brothers who won their first-ever tour title here 15 years ago. Since then these twins have gone on to win over 100 Tour Title Championships and 16 Grand Slams, not to mention a slew of Olympic Metals! Kei Nishikori also returns as our defending champ, ranked at #7 in the world. He brings the talent, energy and enthusiasm of a top ten player.   

 

4. What if we aren’t huge tennis fans – is there anything else for us to do?
Absolutely! We’ve transformed a fan hospitality space into what is now called “The MO” and it’s the hottest place to get in from the cold and hang out this week! There are eight local vendors offering great food from Swanky’s to Sushi and we have live music nightly from 5-7 PM. Additionally, this 40th Anniversary year brings a grand slam line-up of special events throughout the week from Choose 901 night tonight to a luncheon by Stash Home with special guest Nancy Kerrigan Thursday and so much more. Definitely worth checking out regardless of your love of tennis.
 
5. Where can we go to learn more or purchase tickets?
Ticket events and more information is available at MemphisOpen.com or stop in the two Racquet Club anytime this week- open parking to the public daily before noon.


 

Posted: 2/9/2016 2:46:27 PM | with 0 comments
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