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Tennis Channel Open Lands In Las Vegas

By Tennis Week
10/18/2005

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.

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Wow...this is great news!!!

I never had any desire to go to Scottsdale, but Vegas...definitely yes!!!!
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I hope Haas is winning there next year


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Wow...this is great news!!!

I never had any desire to go to Scottsdale, but Vegas...definitely yes!!!!
Really??? Scottsdale is a wonderful place to visit, my family used to go there every year for our vacation and we just adored it. The food and culture are quite unique in this country I went to the tourney there a couple years ago and it was so much fun, it was much much smaller than any of the other tourneys I'd been to so the player access and seating in the stadium and whatnot were just awesome.

But it's leaving now so I guess it doesn't matter. I'm sure the Vegas one will be nice too

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Now can they work on getting everyone the Tennis Channel?


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Viva Las Vegas!

No Agassi.

Think I'd still prefer to attend Acapulco that week, given the opporunity.

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Think I'd still prefer to attend Acapulco that week, given the opporunity.
Me too I feel like I'm the only person in the world who is not excited at the thought of Vegas.

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Well, looks like Vegas has a tourny again and not a challenger event. Greats like Connors and Borg have won titles in Vegas back in the late 70's and early 80's. Should be an interesting event.
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I'm sure it'll be attractive to a lot of guys, considering how close it is to IW with relatively similar climate conditions... and just a bit closer than Dubai (granted, I'm sure they have a LOT less money to give out )

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Hmm.. will be the money prize equal to Scottsdale ($ 380,000) ?

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Yeeeessssss! Vegas baby Agassi Country. Thank god it's out of Scottsdale (and nowhere in California )

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I'm with you Deb- Vegas doesn't do it for me although I bet there will be a lot more interesting players going.

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Me too I feel like I'm the only person in the world who is not excited at the thought of Vegas.
Come hang with me in Acapulco, one of the rare "roll out of bed and walk less than 100 yards to the tennis" tourneys.

Five pools and supposedly two have swim up bars. My kind of venue.

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Very good move

To be honest, I don't understand why Vegas aren't already on the International Series calendar. This city should attract a lot of good players.
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I don't know if there will be so many good players... This week of the calendar, the money is in Dubai and Acapulco, and that's what top players seem to care about these days!

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