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Wesleyan Tennis Involved in 2010 Pilot Pen Tournament in New Haven Aug. 20-28

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(Posted Wednesday, August 11, 2010)

WESLEYAN TENNIS INVOLVED IN PILOT PEN TOURNAMENT IN NEW HAVEN AUGUST 20-28

(Wesleyan Tennis Coaches and Players Involved in Clinics at Professional Tournament )

     During the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament held in New Haven Conn., Friday, August 20 through Saturday, August 28, members of the Wesleyan University men's and women's tennis teams along with head coach Ken Alrutz and his children, former assistant coach and touring pro Rikki Alrutz and talented age-group player Graham Alrutz, will be involved in clinics to promote the sport and provide valuable playing tips and techniques.  Below is a schedule of activity during the Pilot Pen Tournament.

Ken Alrutz, tennis coachSunday, August 22, 2010
Kids Day (Session 1) at 9 am: Children are invited to join Wesleyan Head Tennis Coach Ken Alrutz (photo at left), his daughter and former touring pro Rikki Alrutz, his talented son Graham and dozens of New England coaches and teaching professionals for on-court drills and games, part of a fun filled day of music, giveaways, autograph sessions and appearances by ATP World Tour & Sony Ericsson WTA Tour pros! Tickets start at just $8 and include the day's matches. First 1,000 kids receive a cool goody bag!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wesleyan University tennis free clinic in the SportZone (Session 6) from 10 am - Noon: All spectators are invited to a free tennis lesson in the SportZone hosted by Head Wesleyan Tennis Coach Ken Alrutz and players from the Wesleyan men's and women's teams!
For more information as well as tickets to the Pilot Pen Tournament please visit: http://www.pilotpentennis.com/


EVENT:
Pilot Pen Tennis - An Olympus US Open Series Event

TOURNAMENT: Qualifying: Friday, August 20 - Saturday, August 21, 2009

MAIN DRAW: Sunday, August 22 - Saturday, August 28, 2009

SITE: Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, 45 Yale Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515

DRAW SIZE:
MEN/WOMEN
48 Singles Main Draw/32 Singles Main Draw
32 Singles Qualifying Draw/32 Singles Qualifying Draw
16 Doubles Main Draw/16 Doubles Main Draw

PRIZE MONEY:
Women - $600,000
Men - $750,000
Total - $1,350,000

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS:    Singles: Women - Caroline Wozniacki (DEN); Men - Fernando Verdasco(ESP)
Doubles: Women - Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP); Men - Julian Knowle (AUT)/Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

THE OLYMPUS US OPEN SERIES:
The Olympus US Open Series, launched in 2004, is the cohesive, six-week summer tennis season of 10 North American tournaments linked to the US Open. The Series has produced record attendance, TV viewership and live broadcast hours for the sport. In total, the Olympus US Open Series events - including the US Open - generated a record 1.6 million attendees, 128 million TV viewers and over 28 million website visits making it the stongest summertime property in sports. Sam Querrey and Elena Dementieva are the defending Olympus US Open Series champions.
 
TELEVISION:
16 hours of national coverage on CBS and ESPN2. International coverage will reach more than 100 million potential viewers in over 50 countries.