Legg Mason Tennis Classic Attracts Top U.S. Players

July 5, 2005 11:12 AM

Tickets Now On Sale for Summer Classic

WASHINGTON, DC – The Legg Mason Tennis Classic presented by GEICO returns to the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center (16th & Kennedy Streets, NW) for its 37th straight summer, from July 30-August 7, 2005, and has already received commitments from top U.S. players and former LMTC champions:

  • Andre Agassi, five-time Legg Mason Tennis Classic champion; holder of 59 career singles titles. No. 10 in the ATP Champions Race.
  • Andy Roddick, 2001 Legg Mason Tennis Classic champion, one of 16 career singles titles in his young career; currently #5 in the ATP Champions Race.
  • James Blake, 2002 Legg Mason Tennis Classic champion, is one of the game’s most popular players and a perennial fan-favorite in Washington, D.C.
  • Bob & Mike Bryan, captured an ATP-best 7 doubles titles in 11 finals for 2004, including season-ending ATP Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. Already have one title in three tries for 2005 and reached the Finals of the Australian Open. The Bryan brothers are currently #2 in the ATP Doubles Champions race.

Roddick said, "I am excited to head back to D.C. for the summer season. The Legg Mason Tennis Classic was my first hard-court victory, so it will always have a special place in my heart." The tournament’s youngest-ever champion, Roddick continued, " I am also proud to play at a tourney which boasts some of the best champions in any sport, including Arthur Ashe, who is one of my idols, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi.”

“We’re thrilled to have these players not only because of the tremendous on-court talent represented, but also because of the personalities involved,” said Jeff Newman, Tournament Director. “These players are popular not just in Washington, but everywhere they play, and we’re pleased they’ve chosen the Legg Mason Tennis Classic as part of their summer schedule.”

Ticket packages and single session tickets are now available for the annual Rock Creek Park Classic. To order ticket packages or for more information, please call 202.721.9500, or visit the tournament website at www.leggmasontennisclassic.com. Single session tickets are available through TicketMaster, 202.397.SEAT (7328).

A portion of the proceeds from the Legg Mason Tennis Classic benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). WTEF, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2005, seeks to improve the life prospects for D.C. area youth.

Legg Mason, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, provides asset management, securities brokerage, investment banking and related financial services through its subsidiaries. With over $360 billion in assets under management in more than 70 countries, Legg Mason is among the top asset management firms in the world.