USTA buys ATP event, moves it to New Haven
May 9, 2005
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. Tennis Association is buying the rights to the ATP hard-court tournament on Long Island, moving it to New Haven, Conn., and combining it with a WTA event the week before the U.S. Open.
The formation of the new men's-and-women's Pilot Pen Tennis tournament will be announced Tuesday at a news conference at city hall in New Haven.
The hard-court tournament will be Aug. 21-28 this year; the U.S. Open starts Aug. 29.
The new tournament will have more than $1.2 million in prize money for a 48-entry men's field and 28-entry women's field. It will be part of the US Open Series, a 10-tournament summer hard-court circuit leading into the American Grand Slam.
The top man and woman over the course of the summer series will receive a bonus equal to 100 percent of their U.S. Open earnings.
``We wanted to create combined events for the US Open Series,'' USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said. ``We believe it drives attendance and television viewership and thereby increases the popularity of the sport.''
The USTA also owns the U.S. Open, the Men's Clay-Court Championships in Houston and has a stake in the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.
Updated on Monday, May 9, 2005 8:59 pm EDT