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Pro tennis action slated for New England this summer

May 20, 2010 07:00 PM

WESTBORO, Mass. – Tennis fans in New England won’t need to hop an airplane to get close to the hottest action on the courts this summer.

In many cases, they’ll be able to get there on less than a tank of gas.

The United States Tennis Association New England will continue its long-standing relationship with professional tennis this summer, as four premiere events return to the area.

USTA New England members have added incentive to attend these fantastic events – discounted tickets, member gifts and member-appreciation events, to name a few.

The events offer an atmosphere, venue and style of play for every tennis fan.

Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale, an Olympus US Open Series event on the ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, will be held August 20-28, 2010 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale and feature a number of the world’s best players. Defending champions include World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and World No. 12 Fernado Verdasco.  Pilot Pen Tennis serves up plenty of action off the court as well with special events and activities all weeklong including Kids Day, League Day/Night, nightly entertainment and much more.

Tennis fans from across New England and around the world all have “check out the International Tennis Hall of Fame” on their to-do lists.

In July, fans can get lost in the history of the game, and check out some of the most talented pros in action just a few yards away.

Played for the Van Alen Cup in Newport, R.I., the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships kicks off the American summer tournaments leading up to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the only ATP event played on grass courts in North America. American stars Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Sam Querrey have committed to the event, which takes place on July 5-11.

Those who prefer to follow a player from their early stages, all the way to the Grand Slam stage, can do so against the backdrop of one of America’s greatest cities.

From June 22-27, Sportsmen’s Tennis Club in Boston will host a women’s $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event featuring an exciting mix of high-performing juniors, college players, and players who may be as high as No. 250 to 300 in the WTA Tour rankings.

Sportsmen’s, an African-American-owned club located in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, is the only inner-city club in the United States to host a professional women’s tournament.

World TeamTennis is tennis like you've never seen it, featuring the biggest names in the world playing together in an innovative co-ed team format that offers exciting possibilities for players and fans.

The Boston Lobsters, New England’s World TeamTennis franchise, will again play their home matches at Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton, Mass. The Lobsters will play seven home matches in July, beginning on July 6 against the Kansas City Explorers. Boston’s talented roster includes James Blake. The Lobsters’ opponents will also bring plenty of star power to New England this summer, with Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova scheduled to appear.