Tennis Channel Open Lands In Las Vegas
By Tennis Week
One of the gaming capitals of the country is turning to tennis. The Tennis Channel Open has landed in Las Vegas. The Tennis Channel will officially announce the news on a conference call on Tuesday that will include Tennis Channel founder and president Steve Bellamy, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Chris Clouser, CEO, ATP Properties.
The 32-player draw ATP hard-court tournament, which had been staged at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the past 16 years, will be staged in Vegas starting on February 27th, 2006.
The tournament is expected to be staged at Summerlin Park, which features a 24 courts, including a stadium court.
Tennis Channel executives have told Tennis Week in the past the Channel is interested in acquiring a WTA event and staging a combined men's and women's Tennis Channel Open. The Channel envisions establishing a multi-faceted event that could conceivably grow in scope and size, featuring junior and senior tournaments, wheelchair tournaments and other sports, including beach volleyball, clinics, concerts and entertainment that would present players and fans with an abundance of activities and The Tennis Channel with hours of potential programming as well as new revenue streams from advertisers and potential sponsors.
Las Vegas' most notable tennis personality, Tennis Channel investor Andre Agassi, is not expected to play the tournament in his hometown next February. Agassi is entered into the Dubai Tennis Championships, contested the same week as The Tennis Channel Open.