Davenport, Sharapova, Serena, Clijsters Head Entry List
CARSON, CA (July 26, 2005) - Defending Champion Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters head a strong field for the JPMorgan Chase Open, Aug. 8-14, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. Davenport, Williams and Clijsters have all been ranked No. 1 by the WTA.
Sixteen of the top 30 players in the WTA rankings have already committed to play in this year’s JPMorgan Chase Open. Others among the top 30 on the entry list for the JPMorgan Chase Open include: Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Mary Pierce, Elena Likhovtseva, Tatiana Golovin, Francesca Schiavone, Sinobu Asagoe, Marion Bartoli, Gisela Dulko, Chanda Rubin and Amy Frazier.
“We are tremendously excited about having Lindsay, Maria, Serena, Kim and so many other top ranked players in our draw for this year’s JPMorgan Chase Open,” said Bill Peterson, tournament director and managing director, The Home Depot Center. “In addition to the great tennis, we are expecting from this tremendous field, we have a full schedule of promotions for our guests - some that were brought back from last year ‘by popular demand’ and some new ones that we are already receiving great feedback for. We are confident that this year’s JPMorgan Chase Open will once again be the highlight for tennis fans this season.”
A Maria Sharapova bobblehead night, opening night post event concert, Saturday night fireworks extravaganza, tennis racquet and jumbo tennis ball giveaways are just some of the special events planned for the 2005 JPMorgan Chase Open. A slate of ticket packages will also be offered to provide southern Californians several ticketing options at a discount rate.
The Maria Sharapova bobblehead giveaway is Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m., with the first 5,000 fans in attendance receiving a Sharapova bobblehead. The Saturday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m. session features a tennis racquet giveaway to the first 5,000 kids 14 and under in attendance, and following the Saturday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. session is a spectacular fireworks show. The jumbo tennis ball giveaway is Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Other giveaways include JPMorgan Chase Open key chains on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. and JPMorgan Chase Open baseball caps at the Sunday, Aug. 14 1 p.m. finals.
Other special offerings at the JPMorgan Chase Open include: “Family Pack,” available Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 13, where for $49 fans receive four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, four bags of chips and parking; and “Ladies Night,” Friday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m., where for $39 ladies receive one ticket, one glass of wine and one Wolfgang Puck Signature Dish.
This year’s tournament will once again feature Courtside Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck. One of last year’s most talked about innovations, Courtside Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck is a special hospitality area that will serve a special menu prepared from recipes created by Puck, who will also appear on Thursday night, Aug. 11. Nightly wine tasting will also be offered.
All session ticket packages and group tickets are on sale for the JPMorgan Chase Open, one of the most successful and popular stops on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Ticket packages start at just $115, and groups can save up to 50 percent.
In addition, WEEKEND TICKET PACKAGES, WHICH SOLD OUT LAST YEAR, are on sale. That package includes a total of five sessions on Friday, Saturday and the finals on Sunday. Plus tennis fans save up to $42.50 off the regular price of individual tickets. For more information on all ticket packages, call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS (1-877-234-8425).
Qualifying for the JPMorgan Chase Open is scheduled to take place at the Seal Beach Tennis Center Aug. 6-7. Admission is free.
The JPMorgan Chase Open is also a part of the prestigious US Open Series, which links 10 summer hard-court tournaments to the famed US Open. This year’s JPMorgan Chase Open marks the second time players competing in the US Open Series tournaments will be vying for bonus prize money at the US Open. Players competing in the “summer season” of tennis at the participating WTA tournaments will receive US Open Series points which will ultimately earn the winner of the series the opportunity to double her US Open prize money.
The 2005 JPMorgan Chase Open…THE SUMMER’S ULTIMATE TENNIS CELEBRATION.
About the JPMorgan Chase Open
The JPMorgan Chase Open, at 35 years old one of the most historic events in women’s tennis, is being held for the third consecutive year at The Home Depot Center. The WTA Tour Tier II event offers prize money of $585,000 to the 56-player singles and 16-team doubles draws. The distinguished tournament champions’ list includes Clijsters, Serena Williams, Davenport, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.
About The Home Depot Center
The Home Depot Center is southern California’s new home of world-class competition and training facilities for amateur, Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes. The $150 million privately financed facility was developed and is operated by AEG on a 125 acre site on the campus of California State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California, The Home Depot Center features a 13,000 seat stadium for tennis, a 27,000 seat stadium for soccer, rugby, lacrosse & other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts, a 20,000 seat facility for track & field, the ADT Event Center, a 2,450-seat indoor velodrome and other facilities for softball, baseball, beach volleyball, lacrosse, basketball and other sports. Named an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site, The Home Depot Center is home of the USA Tennis High Performance Training Center as well as the national team training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation. The “complex,” which is also the home of the nationally recognized Athletes’ Performance training center for elite and professional athletes, has additionally be designated “official” training sites for USA Cycling, United States Track & Field and the USTA.
About JPMorgan Chase
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $801 billion and operations in more than 50 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and businesses, financial transaction processing, investment management, private banking and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase is headquartered in New York and serves more than 30 million consumers nationwide, and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients. Information about JPMorgan Chase is available on the Internet at www.jpmorganchase.com.