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May 25, 2008 12:28 PM

2007 US Open Prize Money Tops Record $19.6 Million with Potential $22.2 Million Payout
The USTA announced that the 2007 US Open purse will top $19.6 million, up a record one million dollars, the largest single year increase to US Open prize money in history.

U.S. Teams Announced for Junior Davis Cup, Junior Fed Cup, World Junior Tennis Regional Championships
The USTA announced the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the qualifying events for the Junior Davis Cup (16-and-under), Junior Fed Cup (16-and-under) and the World Junior Tennis competitions (14-and-under). Each event features a four-team, round-robin competition, May 4-6, in Montreal, Canada.

Easter Bowl, Seena Hamilton To Be Honored for 40 Years of Service to American Junior Tennis
The USTA will honor the Easter Bowl and its founder and tournament director, Seena Hamilton, for the tournament’s longevity and success at the opening reception for the 2007 event Sunday, April 15. Hamilton has been the tournament director since 1968, the only U.S. junior tournament to retain the same director for that length of time.

USTA Launches Player Development Digital Video Library on USTA.com
The USTA announced the launch of the Player Development Digital Video Library housing 200 clips of 40 of the world’s top players executing a variety of shots, including serves, returns, ground strokes and complete points. All of the shots contained in the library were captured at past US Opens, so this dynamic new teaching tool—which aids in developing proper technique and fundamentals for all strokes—essentially gives the viewer a front-row seat at the US Open.

USTA Receives Grant From Ford Foundation For "Community Building Through Tennis" Initiative
The USTA has received, through its National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), and in partnership with the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, a $400,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to help fund an 18-month, $750,000 pilot initiative. The “Community Building Through Tennis” initiative seeks to utilize the sport of tennis and tennis facilities to build community in changing neighborhoods.

Raymond, King Join Williams Sisters on U.S. Fed Cup Team
World No. 1 doubles player Lisa Raymond and world No. 81 Vania King, the youngest American ranked in the top 100, will join Venus and Serena Williams on the U.S. squad that will face Belgium in the a 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. on April 21-22.

Roddick, Blake, Bryan Brothers To Face Spain in 2007 Davis Cup Quarterfinals
World No. 3 Andy Roddick, No. 8 James Blake, and the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan will comprise the U.S. squad that will host Spain in the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinals on an indoor hard court in the sold-out Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., April 6-8.

Twenty Top Players "Get On The US Open Series Tour Bus" in New USTA Ad Campaign
Filming of “The Greatest Road Trip in Sports,” the new advertising campaign supporting this summer’s US Open Series, is underway at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells and will continue at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

USTA Player Development Names Timon Corwin Senior Director for Junior and Collegiate Competition
Timon Corwin of Kalamazoo, Mich., has been named Senior Director for Junior and Collegiate Competition for USTA Player Development. Corwin, the Men’s Athletic Director and Men’s Tennis Coach at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College, has been the Tournament Director of the USTA National Boys’ 16s and 18s Championships since 1993.

City of Delray Beach Selected as Site for USTA Boys’ 16s & 18s Clay Court National Championships
Delray Beach, Fla., has been selected as the site for the USTA Boys’ 16s & 18s Clay Court National Championships, which will be held from July 15-22, 2007.

Serena Williams To Join Sister Venus on U.S. Fed Cup Team for Quarterfinal vs. Belgium
Serena Williams will join her sister, Venus, on the U.S. Fed Cup team that will face Belgium in the World Group Quarterfinal in Delray Beach, Fla., on April 21-22.

Roddick, Blake and Bryans Named to U.S. Davis Cup Team
World No. 4 Andy Roddick, No. 6 James Blake, and the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan will comprise the U.S. squad that will face the Czech Republic in the first round of the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas on an indoor red clay court in Ostrava’s CEZ Arena.

Venus to Play in U.S. Fed Cup Quarterfinal
U.S. Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison has announced that Venus Williams has been named to the U.S. Fed Cup team that will face Belgium in the World Group Quarterfinal, April 21-22, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

Grimes Begins Two-Year Term as USTA Chairwoman of the Board and President
Jane Brown Grimes officially begins her two-year term as USTA Chairwoman of the Board and President and will serve in this capacity through 2008. She becomes the second female Chair in the USTA’s 126-year history. Brown Grimes, has served on the USTA Board for six years, most recently as USTA First Vice President.

Querrey, Brengle Awarded Wild Cards into 2007 Australian Open
American teenagers Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Madison Brengle of Dover, Del., were awarded wild card entries into the 2007 Australian Open men's and women’s singles main draw respectively as part of a reciprocal arrangement between the USTA and Tennis Australia.

U.S. Opens at Czech Republic on Clay
The United States will play at the Czech Republic on an indoor clay court in the first round of the 2007 Davis Cup. The best-of-five series will be held Feb. 9-11 at Ostrava.

Garrison Named U.S. Fed Cup Captain for 2007
Zina Garrison will continue as captain of the U.S. Fed Cup team through 2007.

USTA and The Active Network Announce Partnership
The USTA and The Active Network, Inc. (Active), announced a new partnership that will provide the USTA with the ability to better service its members and increase participation.

USTA Invests in The Tennis Channel
The USTA and The Tennis Channel announced that the USTA has made a financial investment in the network, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis. In conjunction with the deal the USTA will have an active role in the direction of the network.

Lehigh's Shook, Wichita State's Young to be honored by USTA and ITA
Wichita State University Director of Tennis Chris Young has been named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Community Service Award and Lehigh University men's and women's tennis coach Dave Shook is the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award.

Patrick McEnroe Named U.S. Davis Cup Captain for 2007-2008
Patrick McEnroe will continue as United States Davis Cup Captain through 2008 and will lead the 2007 campaign that Begins Feb. 9-11 against the Czech Republic.

U.S. to Open Against Czech Republic in 2007 Davis Cup First Round
The United States will face the Czech Republic in the first round of the 2007 Davis Cup. The Czechs will host the tie, which will be played Feb. 9-11 at a site and on a playing surface to be determined by the Czech Tennis Federation.

U.S. Hosts Belgium in First Round of 2007 Fed Cup
The United States will host Belgium in the opening round of the 2007 Fed Cup World Group, hoping to avenge their semifinal defeat from 2006.

Pikes Peak Community Tennis Association Honored as 2006 USTA Organization Member of the Year
The Pikes Peak Community Tennis Association of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been named the 2006 USTA Organization Member of the Year. The USTA annually honors an organization that provides outstanding service to its members and the local community.

US Open Sets Tournament Records
The 2006 US Open set several records in attendance and website traffic and generated significant television ratings.

Ticket Exchange Availability Update for the US Open
For the patrons affected by rain at the 2006 US Open, a number of options for exchanging tickets from cancelled sessions are available.

USTA National Coach McNeil To Be Inducted into ITA Women's Hall of Fame
Stanford coach Frank Brennan, Lori McNeil (Oklahoma State), Stephanie Tolleson (Trinity-TX) and Madge "Bunny" Vosters (Ursinus) will be inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women's Hall of Fame.

Navratilova, Budge To Be Inducted into US Open Court Of Champions
Martina Navratilova, a four-time US Open singles champion and eight-time finalist, and Don Budge, a two-time US Open champion and three-time finalist, have been named the 2006 inductees into the US Open Court of Champions, a US Open and USTA National Tennis Center attraction honoring the greatest singles champions in the history of the U.S. Championships/US Open.

USTA To Rename National Tennis Center To Honor Billie Jean King
The USTA National Tennis Center -- the world’s largest public tennis facility and home of the US Open -- will be renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to honor the tennis legend and trailblazer whose pioneering efforts helped change the sport of tennis and launch the drive for gender equality in sports and in society.

USTA Launches New Era in American Tennis Player Development
The USTA has announced a new alliance with the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., to provide year-round housing for top junior players for the first time, launching a new era in the program’s mission to develop the next generation of American tennis champions.

Instant Replay Makes Its US Open Series Debut
instant replay technology, along with a player challenge system, will be used during the US Open Series, the ten summer tournaments that are linked to the US Open.



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