Atlanta Tennis Championships partners with Corona to enhance tournament guest experience

May 17, 2011 11:15 AM
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Tennis Championships, the ATP World Tour 250 event that will open the Olympus US Open Series and be played at the Racquet Club of the South July 18-24, announced that Corona will be the official beer sponsor of the tournament. Corona will create a special "Corona Beach House" that will give tournament attendees a place to enjoy cold beverages between matches, cool down with misting stations, catch a player appearance and watch all of the tennis action on 47-inch flat screen televisions at the beach-themed area near the Racquet Club of the South pool.

Corona is also giving one lucky fan a chance to win a VIP package in the "Take Center Court with Corona" sweepstakes. A randomly selected winner will receive a VIP grand prize that includes: two box seats to the semifinals, lunch in the private player dining room, the chance to escort players onto the court, and perform the honorary coin flip. They will also experience a behind the scenes tour of the Racquet Club of the South. Sweepstakes entries are available at participating retailers or through online registration at http://www.atpworldtour.com/CoronaCenterCourtAtlanta. Ten runner-up winners with receive a $50 gift card, good for Corona gear at http://store.corona.com. The sweepstakes are open to Georgia residents 21 years of age and older.

"Having Corona as a partner this year is a natural fit because we want to entertain our guests both on and off the court," said Bob Bryant, Atlanta Tennis Championships Tournament Director. "The Corona Beach House will offer fans a cool place to visit between matches, and the ‘Take Center Court with Corona’ VIP sweepstakes gives fans an opportunity to experience tennis in a way they never have before."

More than 41,000 people attended last year’s inaugural Atlanta tournament to see American and world No. 10 Mardy Fish defeat the likes of fellow Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner en route to the title. Atlanta enjoys the distinction of having the largest organized playing tennis participation in the world, with 80,000 ALTA members and over 40,000 USTA members.

Week-long ticket packages, which include tickets to all 11 sessions of the Atlanta Tennis Championships, are now on sale. Packages include Champion Courtside seats, which are the only packages that offer tickets located in the front row of the stadium. Along with their unparalleled proximity to the court, Champion Courtside seat holders gain exclusive access to the private indoor, air-conditioned Champion’s Club. Additionally, each ticket holder will receive a tournament program, along with recognition in the program. Individual session tickets will be available for Champion Courtside, Platinum and Gold seats, along with Reserved Stadium seats on June 1.

For ATC ticket information, call 678-495-3279, e-mail tickets@atlantatennischampionships.com or visit www.atlantatennischampionships.com.

About the Atlanta Tennis Championships
The Atlanta Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event, will be played at the Racquet Club of the South, in Norcross, Ga., from July 18-24. American and world No. 11 Mardy Fish won the inaugural tournament in 2010, defeating the likes of fellow Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner en route to the title. More than 41,000 spectators attended the event that offered $600,000 in prize money. For more information about the Atlanta Tennis Championships and tickets, call 678-495-3279, e-mail tickets@atlantatennischampionships.com or visit www.atlantatennischampionships.com.

About the Olympus US Open Series
The Olympus US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard-court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. Fans follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals on Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express and Evian. Andy Murray won the 2010 Olympus US Open Series men’s title and Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history – $2.4 million – for winning the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million – the largest purse in women’s sports history – and again equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Olympus US Open Series in second place.

About USTA Southern
The USTA is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 187,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for approximately 25 percent of the total USTA membership. The section owns and operates the Atlanta Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament. A professional staff housed in Norcross, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.
 

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